The name "Wyanokie" is related to the Lenape word "Winaki" meaning "place of sassafras". Other names, like "Wanaque", are derived from this word. The region has some of the best hiking near NYC. In fact, most of the best views in the Wyanokies have a line of sight to the Manhattan skyline.
The eastern border of the Wyanokies is the Wanaque River, which is impounded to create the Wanaque and Monksville reservoirs. The western terminus is comprised of Greenwood Lake, Bearfort Mountain, and Kanouse Mountain. The Pequannock River bounds the Wyanokies to the south, an area with much residential and commercial development. To the north, the range continues into New York as the Ramapo Mountains of Sterling Forest.
The Highlands Trail is the primary long distance trail that runs though the range. It will run from the Delaware River at Musconetcong, to the Hudson River at Storm King State Park when completed, and makes contact with many of New Jersey and downstate New York's best views. Other important trails include the Stonetown Circular and Hewitt-Butler Trails, the latter having a north and south half disconnected from one another in the Saddle Mountain area. Both trails have sections that co-align with the Highlands Trail.
In this article, the Wyanokies will be explored from south to north. Hills and mountains -- from the forgettable to the spectacular -- will be described. The most significant lakes and rivers will also make an appearance. Most of the features discussed in this article are found in Norvin Green State Forest, North Jersey District Water Supply Commission property, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, and Tranquility Ridge County Park.