ABRAM S HEWITT STATE FOREST
Rocky outcrops and upland swamps characterize Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. Upon entering the forest, the Appalachian Trail ascends to Bearfort Ridge. The glacially carved ridge offers spectacular views eastward along Greenwood Lake. Bearfort Mountain is the eastern terminus of the Wawayanda Plateau. At this point, the Appalachian Trail leaves New Jersey and enters New York. A section of Bearfort Ridge reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view. The forest is isolated and untouched, accessible only on foot. Marshes and wetlands are scattered throughout the forest with several brooks and streams crisscrossing the lower areas. Hemlock and oak are the dominant species of this relatively undisturbed forest.
1. Early Inhabitants: Prior to European colonization, the area now known as Abram S. Hewitt State Forest was inhabited by the Lenape Native American tribe. They lived off the land and utilized the forest's resources for their sustenance.
2. Colonial Era: The land was later settled by Europeans in the 18th century. During this period, it was primarily used for agriculture, with farmers cultivating crops and raising livestock in the area.
3. Industrialization: In the late 19th century, the region saw rapid industrialization. Several iron mines and furnaces were established in the nearby town of Ringwood. This period brought significant economic growth to the area.
4. Abram Stevens Hewitt: The forest is named after Abram Stevens Hewitt, a prominent figure associated with the industrial development of the region. Hewitt was a successful iron manufacturer, industrialist, and philanthropist. In addition to promoting industry, Hewitt was also a renowned politician and served as mayor of New York City.
5. Conservation Efforts: As the region's iron industry declined in the early 20th century, there was a growing recognition of the importance of preserving the expansive forests in northern New Jersey. To ensure the protection of the area's natural resources, the state government began acquiring land for conservation purposes, which eventually led to the establishment of the Abram S. Hewitt State Forest in 1938.
6. State Forest Development: Over the years, the Abram S. Hewitt State Forest has undergone development to enhance its recreational value. Facilities such as picnic areas, campsites, and hiking trails were added to cater to visitors interested in outdoor activities.
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