What to do and see in Pompton Lakes, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Pompton Lakes is a borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,097, reflecting an increase of 457 (+4.3%) from the 10,640 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 101 (+1.0%) from the 10,539 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Pompton Lakes

1. Rhino Theatre

247 Wanaque Ave, 237 Hamburg Turnpike-Studio, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442-2103 +1 973-248-9491
Excellent
47%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Rhino Theatre

Rhino Theatre Group, LLC proudly announces its new, second location. Both Rhino Theatre Mainstage (247 Wanaque Avenue) and Rhino Studio 237 (237 Hamburg Turnpike) offer unlimited types of entertainment for adult, seniors, teens and children. Our Mainstage shows, like Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Spamalot, Les Miserables and more always exceed our audiences expectations. Our new Rhino Studio 237 is home to our black box performance space, where plays, musicals, open mics, comedy nights are regular occurrences! We are always looking for new, fresh ideas, so bring them on.... Also, now available for rental our Mainstage, Black Box and 4 Rehearsal Studios, plus lesson rooms and more. Rent hourly, daily, weekly. Visit our website for details.

Reviewed By duck8to - Montville, New Jersey

Loved the high energy performance of "FOOTLOSE". The performance, costumes and staging were of a high standard. The performances at the theater run the gamut from professional to local talent which at times is impressive. It's a relatively small intimate theater. The main stage is upstairs on the second floor. They have a call ahead system for stair climbing which must be reserved but no elevator. Seats are close but acceptably comfortable. The audience seems to be generally made up of local supporters. I was invited by a local. Performances range from about $20-$25 which is quite reasonable. There is no food permitted in the theater but they do have a dinner and show package which includes Monica's Italian Restaurant which is nearby and must be reserved..The Black Box theater downstairs is used for Comedy Nights and Open Microphone performances. The Black Box is totally handicapped accessible. Free parking is available in the municipal lot or in back of the theater. Wonderful choice for local theater.

2. High Point Brewing Company

22 Park Pl, Butler, NJ 07405-1377 +1 973-838-7400
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

High Point Brewing Company

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

We stopped by High Point Brewing Company for a glass of home brewed beer before a business meeting in Butler recently.

The place is immaculate -- the beer master makes ten different beers, several seasonally. We tried three and they all were very good.

The bar is very friendly, attracting lots of local folks.

3. Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

1 Nature Preserve Way, Entrance off High Mountain Rd, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417-1218 +1 201-891-4000
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

Reviewed By Valerie H - Oakland

Living in Oakland for 16 years I just now discovered the Preserve. I was recovering from a hip replacement and looking for a level easy path and the trails there were perfect. One exception, I choose never to do the full circle around the lake as there is a long stretch alongside the road that is noisy. the Nicer option for me is the "cu-through" at the top of the lake.

4. Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Skyline Drive, Oakland, NJ +1 201-512-9348
Excellent
53%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

Thanks to Daniel Chazin for scoping out a very nice, scenic hike that took us about two hours with plenty of contemplation time.

This relatively short loop hike passes through the sites of two former Boy Scout camps – Camp Tamarack and Camp Todd. Each of these camps was situated on a lake, and the hike runs along the shore of both Lake Tamarack and Todd Lake. A number of relics from Camp Tamarack, which closed in the early 1990s, are visible along the way. Although the hike begins and ends in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, both lakes are located on property owned by Bergen County.

From the parking area, cross Skyline Drive. You will see a triple orange blaze on a telephone pole, marking the start of the Schuber Trail, as well as a triple white blaze, which marks the start of the Todd Trail. The Todd Trail will be your return route, but for now, follow the orange blazes of the Schuber Trail, which turn right onto the gravel road that leads into the former Camp Tamarack, then immediately turn left and proceed downhill on a winding footpath.

At the base of the descent, the trail skirts the ruins of the former camp rifle range. Just ahead, with the ruins of the former archery range visible on the left, a triple-purple-blaze on the right marks the start of the Tamarack Trail, which was blazed in the fall of 2016 by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Turn right onto the Tamarack Trail, which follows a level footpath and soon reaches the shore of Lake Tamarack. A rock ledge on the left affords a view over the lake, with a triangular building (the former camp chapel) visible across the lake on the left and the concrete-and-steel foundations of the former waterfront docks on the right.

The trail continues along the lakeshore, soon passing the concrete-and-stone foundations of the former camp waterfront buildings, with more views over the lake. After passing a balanced boulder, you’ll come to a third viewpoint over the lake. The trail now moves away from the lake, joining a woods road. Be alert for a turn where the Tamarack Trail bears left, leaving the road, and continues on a footpath.

A short distance beyond, the Tamarack Trail ends at a junction with the Yellow Trail (blazed with yellow diamonds) near the shore of Todd Lake. Turn right onto the Yellow Trail, which soon goes by a stone wall on a rock ledge at water level, with a view over the lake, and continues to parallel the lake. Near the lake’s south end, the Yellow Trail turns right and soon ends at a woods road, the route of the white-blazed Todd Trail.

Turn right, now following the white blazes. As another woods road joins from the left, the Todd Trail bears right, then almost immediately turns left and follows a footpath into the woods. It soon begins to climb, first rather steeply, then more gradually. After a level stretch, it descends to cross a seasonal stream in a shallow ravine, then ascends on a winding, rocky footpath, with several switchbacks. When it reaches Skyline Drive, the trail turns right and continues for about 200 feet to the triple white blaze marking the terminus of the Todd Trail, opposite the parking area where the hike began.

5. Silas Condict Park

100 Kinnelon Rd, Kinnelon, NJ 07405-2338 +1 973-326-7600
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Silas Condict Park

Reviewed By MaggieC0214 - Oak Ridge, New Jersey

I am always looking for new adventures for my grandsons. I used to take my sons there for hikes and it dawned on me that we should go and check out the fishing. My grandsons are 10 and 13 and really into fishing so off we went. The park is just as beautiful now and it offers something for anyone. You can hike around the lake, fish in the lake, picnic and just enjoy the bucolic setting. There are adequate restrooms and a pavilion. On a beautiful fall day with the glorious colors what more could you want?

6. Stumble Inn

231 Hamburg Tpke, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403-1067 +1 973-838-7365
Excellent
0%
Good
86%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Stumble Inn

Reviewed By Scienceonseven - Morristown, New Jersey

The wings at the Stumble Inn never disappoint. They are crispy and complimented by tasty wing sauce. The burger platter is generous in size and simple in taste. Despite the "local biker-like" feel from the exterior the patrons and staff are friendly and pleasant.

7. Abma's Farm

700 Lawlins Rd, Wyckoff, NJ 07481-1502 +1 201-891-0278
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Abma's Farm

Reviewed By anthonybender923 - Clifton, New Jersey

Ok, it's an actual farm with a well supplied market of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and any other freshly made treats you can think of. AND they have animals (separate from the farmer's market of course) that you can feed and pet. It's just a good time wandering around and checking out what they offer. AND the freshly made donuts are to die for

8. Oakland Farmers Market

Oakland Cooper Tree Mall, Oakland, NJ
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Oakland Farmers Market

Reviewed By debi619 - Oakland, New Jersey

A great little market with everything from flowers to veggies to bread and meat or fish for dinner.

They also have lots of international foods to try. A wonderful deli counter that will make the sandwich request of your dreams. And hot prepared foods for a quick pick-up ready meal.

Great prices on produce. Lots of deals on cookies, crackers and snacks, like 2 boxes for a fixed price.

This market is one of Oakland's many gems.

9. High Mountain Park

Reservoir Dr., Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 +1 973-694-1800
Excellent
31%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

High Mountain Park

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

The newly named Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve has splendid views of High Mountain -- about a mile and a half of walking on level trails including a very nice accessible area -- car top boating permitted.

The High Mountain Park is accessible from there, a fairly strenuous series of hikes, perhaps 3.5 miles altogether, featuring a mountain top with excellent views of Manhattan on a clear day. The nearby college has a second parking lot with even better access to the trails.

10. Apshawa Preserve

4 Northwood Drive, West Milford, NJ 07480
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Apshawa Preserve

Reviewed By sradmd - Belleville, New Jersey

We took a hike on the Apshawa Preserve Trail. It was listed as moderate but we found it to be very rocky for a moderated trail. It was cut short by a heavy downpour although the predicted weather was for partly cloudy skies. We were soaked to the skin by the time we got back to our car and the wet rocks proved a bit hazardous to negotiate. This is one of those "been there, done that" type of places and we probably won't do it again. A more difficult trail, (fortunately we didn't take it), follows theApshawa Brook as it flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River. This is supposedly very scenic as it has the water and waterfalls. Fortunately we didn't take it because it is a longer trail.

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