Craigmeur Cliffs was preserved in 2005 through a partnership of the Morris County Park Commission, Rockaway Township and The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.
What You’ll Find
The Conservancy invites you to visit Craigmeur Cliffs, home to beautiful, deep forests and a breathtaking vista of the surrounding watershed property. The property has a stunning rock cliff along the edge that offers a striking view of the region. When you look at the cliffs you can see the light-colored layers of quartz sandstone that were formed in oceans over 425 million years ago.
Less than an hour’s drive from New York City, you will discover crags and ridges up to 1,000 feet high. These cliffs rival those at the Delaware Water Gap. This escarpment flanks a stratified valley formed by glacier drift.
Parking for the preserve can be found near the Craigmeur Ski Area in Rockaway Township.
What We’ve Done
This property had been threatened with residential development. The Land Conservancy assisted the residents of Green Pond (the local lake community) to raise funds towards the preservation of this site and worked closely with the Township to help purchase this critical link in the Farny Highlands.
Waters passing through the rugged cliffs and forests in this glacially scoured region ultimately flow to the Passaic, Delaware and Hudson Rivers, making the region a waterscape as well as a wooded, mountainous landscape. With the help of The Land Conservancy, the cliff remains in its stunning natural state and provides a much needed connection to the 40-mile Farny Trail winding through Rockaway and neighboring Jefferson Township.
For Your Information
The Craigmeur Cliffs are a spectacular geologic feature known as an escarpment. An escarpment is a wall of rock made visible by a fault. A fault is where the earth moves, part of it going up and the part next to it going down. The fault near Craigmeur Cliffs pushed rocks known as the Green Pond conglomerate up, forming Green Pond Mountain. The rocks that went down are found under Green Pond. Quartz is very hard, so the cliffs have been able to resist being worn away and stand steadfast despite erosion for millions of years.