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 New York City. In fact, many of the best views in the Wyanokie Mountains 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. Important local 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. This same area also circumvents the Wyanokie Circular Trail, which was once a true loop. All three trails have sections that co-align with the interstate Highlands Trail.
In this regional overview, 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 are found in Norvin Green State Forest, North Jersey District Water Supply Commission property, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, and Tranquility Ridge County Park. To begin, choose a section below:
This section was built with information largely obtained from New York-New Jersey Trail Conference through its maps, books, and online resources; a trail guide by the American Ethical Union obtained from the Highlands Natural Pool; and information from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.