Get Outside: Hiking in Morris and Essex Counties

Families and advanced athletes alike will find an abundance of scenic trails in Morris and Essex counties that suit their hiking preferences, whether it’s a casual stroll with a view or a rugged challenge.
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Eagle Rock Reservation (West Orange): This 400-plus-acre park has hiking trails and footpaths for folks of all ages and abilities, along with a 9/11 memorial located in front of an unrivaled view of the Manhattan skyline.

Hedden Park (Dover): Choose from five marked footpaths to meander through this 380-acre park. Try the moderately challenging Green Trail, which takes you past scenic Indian Falls.

Hilltop Reservation (North Caldwell): This 200-plus-acre nature preserve has trails for both novice (start at the western entrance in North Caldwell) and experienced hikers (begin at the Verona Community Center).

Jockey Hollow (Morristown): Four easy trails, totaling about 13 miles, traverse the rolling terrain of this historic site and can be combined to make loops of various lengths.

The Lenape Trail (Newark): At 34 miles, it’s the fifth longest trail in the state, connecting Newark with Roseland and linking 19 Essex County parks.

Loantaka Brook Reservation (Morristown): Eight miles of paved and unpaved trails can be combined to form loop hikes at this long, narrow park and nature preserve.

South Mountain Reservation (Millburn): This nature reserve offers many easy-to-moderate hiking options across its 2,112 acres. One trail leads to a dramatic 25-foot waterfall.

The West Essex Trail (Verona): This nearly three-mile trail that crosses a trestle over the Peckman River makes for a scenic and shaded summer day hike.

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