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180 Snake Den Rd
Ringwood, NJ 07456
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Planning Your Visit

In 2009, the Highlands Natural Pool will be open on weekends from May 23rd through September 27th, and then daily from June 22nd through Labor Day.

Operating Hours:

    Early-Season Schedule
    Open week-ends only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday May 23rd through Sunday June 21st

    Summer Season Schedule
    Open week-ends, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, June 27th through Labor Day, September 7th

    Open week-days, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Monday, June 29th through Friday, September 7th.

    Late-Season Schedule
    Open week-ends only, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday September 12th through Sunday September 27th.

NOTE: On the day of the annual Gala (advance tickets required for the Gala), the pool will be closing early, at 5 p.m.

The Highlands Natural Pool offers many activities beyond swimming and sunbathing. For more information, please explore our "Things to Do" page. In addition, visit our links page for a list of restaurants, lodging and camping options, and other activities in the area.

Daily Fees and Membership

The Highlands Natural Pool is funded by annual memberships. For daily visits, provisional memberships are available which allow you to enjoy up to three swims before you are required to join as a full member.

Provisional membership offers a great way for you to experience the pool and see how beneficial your annual membership will be.

The pool charges a nominal fee of $5 per adult, $2 per child for the first visit, and $10 per adult and $2 per child for the second and third provisional visits.

For information on bringing groups or other membership information, call the Pool at 973-835-4299.

Read our Newsletter!

Our member newsletter contains helpful information about the pool, upcoming activities and news.

How to Become a Member

Go to the Membership Page and view the membership application for a detailed explanation of the various membership options and rates.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the Highlands Pool and enjoy our facilities, but visits by bus or by group of any size must be approved in advance. For more information, visit our group information page.

On occasion, groups are scheduled to visit the Pool. Please call the Pool for information about other possible group visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come for the day without being a member?
Yes, you can become a provisional member and visit the pool up to 3 times before you are required to pay annual membership fees. Provisional memberships are available at the pool entrance during normal operating hours.

Does the pool have a changing room?
Yes, the pool has changing facilities, but no showers.

How deep is the pool?
We have shallow area with a gentle incline that increases to 4 feet - the deep section slopes from 5 feet up to 10 feet.

Is there a children's swim section?
Yes, there is a fenced, shallow section for children and non-swimmers. Infants and toddlers in diapers MUST wear “swim diapers” (waterproof). In addition, all children wishing to swim in the deep section of the pool must pass a swimming test.

Can we have our family reunion or child's birthday party at the pool?
Yes, but any type of group visit needs to be planned for and approved by the pool staff in advance. For information on scheduling a group visit, call the Pool at 973-835-4299.

Are babysitters available?
No. All children must be supervised by an adult.

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is permitted in the designated area only.

Other restrictions?
Pets, alcohol, and radios are not allowed in the Pool Area or on the Weis Ecology Center grounds.

Are there picnic facilities?
Yes, just outside the pool there is a picnic grove with a number of tables available, first come, first served. No open fires are allowed, but you can bring a grill or use the stationary grills available in the picnic area. Members and guests must carry out all of their own garbage.

Can I buy food at the pool?
Yes, the pool snack stand offers hot and cold snacks and drinks.

Are maps of the hiking trails available?
Yes, Trail maps can be obtained at the pool snack stand or the Weis visitors center gift shop. Some suggested hikes are listed on our "Things to Do" page.

Other Questions?
Call the pool for more information or for answers to your specific questions: 973-835-4299.


Note: Prices subject to change without notice.