Campgaw Mountain Reservation
Campgaw Road, Mahwah
(201) 327-3500
1,300 acres


TZ Bridge; US 87; from my house it is 24.5 miles to the exit for US 287 South/Rt. 17 South; take Route 17S (left lanes); at 26.5 miles I got off at the first exit (on the right), which is Rt. 202 (Ramapo Valley Road); at 28.3 miles I turned left onto Darlington Avenue (just past the southern end of Ramapo College); at 28.6 miles bore right onto Campgaw Road; the road goes over US 287; at 29.7 miles, turned right into the park entrance, which takes the driver back over US 287 to the west of the Interstate.

The entrance road goes past various trail markers. The road offers a choice between going straight or going right. If you go right, the road goes past the lake (dammed) on the left and up to a parking area. Here there is a ski lift up a hill.

If the driver went straight on the entrance road instead of taking a right turn, in a short distance there is a parking area on the left. Here there is a bulletin board which outline the various trails.


The name Camp Gaw comes from Chief Kum-Kow.


Wooded area along with hiking trails, camping, a 28 station field archery range and a concession-operated ski center, including eight trails, four lifts, 100% snowmaking, lessons, rentals and more.

Camping permits issued at Darlington County Park; 600 Darlington Avenue; Mahwah, New Jersey 07430; 973-327-3500.

Watch out for Bears: There is a notice here about Bears: Bears have been sighted in this park. Please take precautions.


There are quite a few trails here. The Ridge Trail is the blue-blazed trail that goes from the parking lot to the top of the ski slope.

Dogwood Lane Trail is the white-blazed trail. It hooks up with the Hemlock Trail and ends at the Pink Trail.

There are many other trails, but I did not copy down all the information. Just study the bulletin board maps.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple) 3/31/00
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Picea pungens var. glauca (blue spruce) -- planted
Pinus sp. (pine tree) 2 needles
Pinus strobus (white pine) planted
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus grandidentata (big-toothed aspen)
Populus x jackii (balm-of-Gilead)?
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow) 3/31/00
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus American elm

Alnus serrulata (smooth alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (Forsythia) 3/31/00
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 3/31/00
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum opulus (cranberry viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (black-haw viburnum)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops) 9/24/02
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Polygonum scandens (climbing false buckwheat)
Polygonum perfoliatum (mile-a-minute vine) a little by the bridge (9/24/02)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster acuminatus (sharp-leaved aster) 9/24/02 soon
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 9/24/02
Aster puniceus (purple-stemmed aster) 9/24/02
Bidens comosa (strawstem beggarticks)
Bidens frondosa (devil's beggar ticks) 9/24/02
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) 9/24/02
Ceratophyllum demersum (coontail)
Chamaecrista fasciculata (partridge pea)
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Chenopodium sp. (pumilio)? 9/24/02
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 9/24/02
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) 9/24/02
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm) 9/24/02
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 9/24/02
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 9/24/02
Erythronium americanum (trout lily)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) 9/24/02
Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Geum sp. (white avens)?
Gnaphalium obtusifolium (sweet everlasting) 9/24/02
Hieracium caespitosum (field hawkweed) 9/24/02
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Iris sp.? (blue or yellow flag?)
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lepidium virginicum (poor man's pepper) 9/24/02
Lespedeza striata (Japanese bush clover)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) 9/24/02
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil)
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 9/24/02
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) 9/24/02
Mollugo verticillata (carpetweed)
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 9/24/02
Penstemmon sp. (smooth beard tongue)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 9/24/02
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum aviculare (bird knotweed) 9/24/02
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 9/24/02
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper) 9/24/02
Polygonum hydropiperoides (mild water pepper) 9/24/02
Polygonum pensylvanicum (Pennsylvania smartweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potamogeton crispus? (pondweed)
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal)
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod) 9/24/02
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) 9/24/02
Solidago canadensis var. canadensis (Canada goldenrod) 9/24/02
Solidago rugosa (rough-leaved goldenrod) 9/24/02
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 9/24/02
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Trifolium repens (white clover) 9/24/02
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) 3/31/00
Typha latifolia (broad -leaved cattail)
Urtica dioica v. procera (tall stinging nettle)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein) 9/24/02
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)
Wolffia sp. ? (water meal)

Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Cyperus esculentus or strigosus? (nut or umbrella sedge)?
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Digitaria sanguinalis (hairy crabgrass)
Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)
Echinochloa muricata (barnyard grass)
Eleusine indica (zipper grass)
Leersia oryzoides (rice cut grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panicgrass)
Panicum dichotomiflorum (fall panicgrass)
Panicum sp. (panicgrass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little blue stem grass)
Setaria sp. (foxtail grass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Sphagnum sp.