Take a Hike!
The weather’s nice, and it’s not too hot, so it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the many scenic hiking trails in Bergen County and the surrounding area.
The weather’s nice, and it’s not too hot, so it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the many scenic hiking trails in Bergen County and the surrounding area. Visit the website for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (nynjtc.org) for directions to these nearby parks.
The 107-acre freshwater wetland is located in the heart of Allendale and is known for its wildlife—more than 240 bird species have been spotted here, and 50 are known to breed in the land. Easy walking trails weave through tall marsh plants and cattails and alongside Phair’s Pond.
The Palisades Interstate Park offers hikers about 30 miles of trails ranging from easy riverside strolls to challenging rocky climbs. The Short Trail takes hikers along the banks of the Hudson River just north of the George Washington Bridge and is considered an easy to moderate hike.
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Hike the moderate to strenuous Vista Loop Trail in this 4,000-acre reservation for three panoramic viewpoints that look out over Bergen County and the New York City skyline. The trail was blazed last summer by volunteers from the NYNJTC.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
The 150-acre preserve in Englewood features 3.6 miles of trails for easy-to-moderate hiking, trail running and birdwatching. The network of self-guided trails meanders through the woods and leads to a cascading stream, wetlands, pond, wildflower meadows and quarry cliffs.
Ringwood State Park
This park in the Ramapo Mountains just west of Bergen in Passaic County boasts 5,000 acres of land, and a 9.5-mile hiking trail offers views of New York City from Ilgenstein Rock and the Wanaque Reservoir from Erskine Lookout. Before or after your hike, check out the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands Manor.