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Mon, Nov 26


Skyline Drive - Lower Lot

Castle Point & Van Slyke Estate

Van Slyke Castle was built in 1909. After the death of its many owners, it was left uninhabited. It was broken into and torched by vandals in 1959. These ruins will be a highlight of this hike, along with other views and features.

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Castle Point & Van Slyke Estate
Castle Point & Van Slyke Estate

Time & Location

Nov 26, 2018, 10:00 AM

Skyline Drive - Lower Lot, Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Wanaque, NJ 07465, USA

About the Event

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Distance: 5 miles

Time: 4 hours

The ruins atop Fox Mountain are that of the Van Slyke Castle (also known as Foxcroft) which was built in 1909 as a summer home by William Porter, a wealthy New York stockbroker. After the death of Porter and many subsequent owners, the castle was left uninhabited and was eventually broken into and torched by vandals in 1959.

Nature is reclaiming the remaining stone walls of the structure and it is a hauntingly beautiful sight to behold in the middle of the forest. Aside from the castle, we will pass an impressive stone water tower, a view of the New York City skyline, Ramapo Lake, and other notable features.

Sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor attire required. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. We will hike rain or shine barring extraordinarily dangerous conditions such as lightning, hurricane, etc.

Please register for this event through the website and accept the terms of the waiver on the EVENTS page. Registrants will receive detailed hike information prior to the event via email. Email or DM @proactiveahw if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

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