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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Park Overview:

The park commemorates “The Cradle of American Industry."

Trail Uses:Hiking, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:35 acres
City/County/
State:
Paterson/Passaic/NJ
Web Map:NPS, scroll to map link
Park Description:

The Great Falls of the Passaic River, located in Paterson, N.J., is the site of an early, successful initiative to establish a “national manufactory” in post-revolutionary America.

Trails Overview:

The Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center, across McBride Avenue (Extension) from Overlook Park, is a great place to begin a visit -- check their website for seasonal hours. It is where the self-guided Mill Mile tour starts. This walking tour introduces visitors to the remarkable history, geology, social and cultural importance of the area around the site of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. An on-line brochure describing the 10-stop tour – which includes a map -- is available, as is a free downloadable audio tour app (from I-Tunes and Google Play Store) and a number to call using a cell phone along the way.   The Tour is an educational project of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson.  

The National Park Service also offers Guided Introductory Tours seasonally.  Led by a National Park Ranger, a volunteer, or a member of the Great Falls Youth Corps, it takes roughly one hour and covers one mile.  See the website link in Contact Information below for a schedule. 

“Trails” largely consist of city sidewalks with uneven surfaces.  A map of the park (use link near top of this page)  identifies such major features as the Great Falls, mills (both standing and in ruins), the S.U.M. Hydroelectric Station, the upper, middle and lower raceways, street names (for navigation), smaller local parks, cultural centers, several public parking areas, and (important in an urban setting) public restrooms. 

To complement a visit with a more woodsy hiking experience, Rifle Camp Park and Garret Mountain Reservation, two interconnected Passaic County parks just a short drive from the mill district, have a combined trail network of 13 miles on roughly 800 acres of parkland. 

 

Directions:

From I-80 West, take Exit 57 B-A. Follow the Downtown Paterson signs. Turn left at second light onto Cianci Street, and left at first light onto Market Street for 1/4 mile. Turn right onto Spruce. Go one block and turn right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then immediately left into Great Falls Overlook parking area.

From I-80 East, take Exit 57 B, circle onto Grand Street exit. At end of exit ramp turn left onto Grand. At second light on Grand turn right onto Spruce Street. At second light on Spruce bear right onto McBride Avenue Extension, then turn immediately left into the Great Falls Overlook parking area.

From the Garden State Parkway use the “Directions” link on the park’s webpage under Contact Information.

New Jersey Transit provides regular train service (including weekends) to Paterson on its Main Line.  Trains leave from Hoboken, but connections from New York City are available via PATH trains from World Trade Center or 33rd Street to Hoboken, or NJ Transit trains from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction. The walk from the Paterson train station to Overlook Park at the Great Falls is about 0.8 mile. 

NJ Transit Bus Route 161 connects the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal with Paterson, stopping near the NJ Transit train station.

See also Map Tab at top of this page.

Contact Information:National Park Service, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
973-523-5295
Region:Watchungs
Fees:None
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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Photo

View from the AT on Kittatinny Ridge. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Map


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Park Overview:

A beautiful 160-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail passes through the New York-New Jersey region.


Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:160 miles
Park Acreage:
City/County/
State:
Multiple locations
/NY/NJ//US
Buy Trail Map:Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey
Buy Book:Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length.

Trails Overview:

An overview map of the trail along its entire length is available from the National Park “Appalachian National Scenic Trail” web page. 

The AT is uniformly marked with a 2" x 6" white-painted, vertical blaze.

For detailed descriptions of  hikes in the region click on Find a Hike -- scroll down the “Title” column  for hikes beginning with “Appalachian Trail …” The majority of these are loop hikes in conjunction with other trails.  For AT-only hikes look for those associated with the “Appalachian National Scenic Trail” in the “Parks” column.  The database includes a few AT hikes in nearby sections of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. 

Two of the few wheelchair accessible sections from Georgia to Maine are in this region:

 

Directions:

Driving:

For specific traveling directions and parking areas use the “Find a Hike” and “Find a Park” links provided above, then scroll to the particular park or hike you plan to visit.  

Public Transportation:

Hike descriptions will indicate if public transportation (train or bus) is available to a particular trailhead. 

The AT crosses the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line at the Appalachian Trail station (just off N.Y. Route 22, between Pawling and Wingdale) -- the only train station located directly at an AT crossing anywhere along the 2,180-mile-long trail!  Limited service is provided at the Appalachian Trail station, with trains stopping there only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (the station, which is little more than a low-level platform, is not wheelchair accessible).  At other times, hikers may board trains at Pawling (to the south) or Harlem Valley-Wingdale (to the north).  Trains run north to Wassaic and south to Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
 

 

 

Contact Information:Appalachian Trail Conservancy
304-535-6331
Region:Appalachian Trail
Fees:Some times and places; check with park

Atsion to Carranza Monument

Overview
Details
Time:
3 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
6.1 miles
Route Type:
Shuttle/Two car or Public Transportation
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Historic feature, Birding
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Atlantic
State:
NJ
Maps/Books
Publication
First Published:
04/29/2011
Submitter:
Jeffrey Jotz

Photo

"Railbed" photo by Jeffrey Jotz

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Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Driving Directions

Directions using two cars for a shuttle hike

  • To Carranza Monument, from the North: NJ Turnpike South to Exit 7. Follow signs for 206 south. Drive approximately 14 miles south on 206 to the Red Lion Circle (70/206). Continue on 206 south through the circle approximately 1 mile. Bear left off 206 onto Carranza Road (Rt. 648). Drive approximately 1.5 miles to first stop sign. Continue through the Route 532 stop sign (Nixon's General Store on the left and Russo's farm store on the right) on Carranza Road in Tabernacle. After a couple miles of sparsely settled farm land and small affluent developments you will enter Wharton State Forest. Go past the turnoff for the old NJ Correctional System Boot Camp and continue another 1.8 miles. The Carranza Memorial site will be in a clearing on your right.  [Drop off a car]
  • From Carranza Monument to Atsion office:  From the Memorial retrace your route along Carranza Road; in about four miles turn left onto Forked Neck Road.  Travel 3.1 miles to the intersection with Route 206 at the Valenzano Winery.  Turn left, travel another 3.4 miles; the sign for the Atsion office is ahead on your left, just before Atsion Lake on your right.

Directions using one car to hike out from and back to Atsion office, from the North: NJ Turnpike South to Exit 7. Follow signs for 206 south. Drive approximately 14 miles south on 206 to the Red Lion Circle (70/206). Continue on 206 south through the circle approximately 1 mile. From the intersection of Route 206 and Route 648, proceed South on Rt. 206 for another 9 miles until you enter Wharton State Forest.  The sign for the Atsion office is ahead on your left, just before Atsion Lake on your right.

Description

Starting at the parking lot of the historic Atsion office, head southeast on Quaker Bridge Road past a hunting club and boarded-up schoolhouse on your right and look for the Mullica (yellow) Trail

Estell Manor Park

Overview

Hike on level packed sand roads along ruins of a glassworks from the 1800’s and World War I munitions factories with bird viewing opportunities at ponds and fields. Cross a 1.8-mile boardwalk over swamps to views of the South River, an old cemetery and an Artesian well.

Details
Time:
4 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
8.5 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Historic feature, Birding
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Atlantic
State:
NJ
Maps/Books
Publication
First Published:
01/29/2011

Updated/Verified:
01/29/2011
Submitter:
Daniela Wagstaff

Photo

Estell Manor Park

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Trailhead GPS Coordinates
39.398229,-74.742816
Driving Directions

Garden State Parkway South exit 44; right on Route 575; continue for almost 6 miles. Right on Black Horse Pike briefly cross through intersection then right on jug handle to Route 40 West; continue on Route 40 West for 4.9 miles. At stop light at T-intersection at Mays Landing Marina, turn left on 40 West/50 South briefly then left on Mill Street/Route 50 South for 3.7 miles to park entrance on left.

Description

Be sure to print out a map here or pick up a copy at the Nature Center.

Turn by turn description

[ 0.00] Right on paved path at far side of nature center; right at split; right at second split on Pond Trail (unmarked) with pond on right
[ 0.30] Straight on Pond Trail when Laurel Trail goes left (marked); trail comes in from right; picnic area on right; veer left over bridge; keep right at intersection other side of bridge
[ 0.50] Keep left at split rail fence where bridge goes to the right and ruins ahead; fitness trail begins (called Exercise Trail on map)
[ 0.60] Right at intersection (Center Trail - unmarked); cross paved park road, proceed straight (sign with trail names at park road intersection)
[ 0.75] Turn left to observation deck at Stephen's Creek; retrace steps
[ 0.95] Cross paved park road; continue straight to right on fitness trail
[ 1.55] Right at intersection; cross paved park road; veer left briefly then right on Oak Barrel Tree Road (unmarked) trail
[ 1.75] Turn left at intersection (#23 on tree) on Cribbers Road (unmarked)
[ 1.95] Go either way at fork - comes back together on same trail
[ 2.00] Cribber's Field on left with bird blinds
[ 2.40] Turn right at intersection on to boardwalk; keep straight at split
[ 2.65] Keep straight on boardwalk when Sand Hole Road (marked) and an unmarked trail go left
[ 3.05] Keep straight when boardwalk splits to left
[ 3.10] Keep straight when Frog Pond Road (marked) goes left
[ 3.55] Right on side trail to South River view (not on map)
[ 3.70] Right on side trail to second South River view (not on map)
[ 3.80] Smith Ireland Cemetery on left; Artesian well on right; walk straight by river access on gravel road; pass road to right with metal barrier; keep straight on Smokeless Powder Trail (unmarked) when Camping Loop Road (unmarked) turns sharply to the left
[ 4.15] Go straight beyond two posts with wire barrier
[ 4.25] Right at intersection on Duck Farm Road (marked)
[ 4.50] Keep straight on Duck Farm Road at intersection where North End Trail goes left (marked); at next split go either way - trails join together again
[ 4.95] Turn left at intersection with mountain bike trail (turn left where tree has both park and mountain bike blazes); trail will follow between two mountain bike trails.
[ 5.45] Left at intersection
[ 5.50] Keep straight as mountain bike trail crosses over; trail is hard packed sand covered with pine needles
[ 5.85] Right on Duck Farm Road at #200 on tree
[ 6.15] Keep straight at intersection
[ 6.30] Cross metal barrier and keep left on woods road
[ 6.45] Cross Artesian Well Road following sign for North End Trail
[ 6.55] Stay on North End Trail through parking lot and beyond barrier
[ 6.70] Left at unmarked intersection on Store House Road
[ 6.80] Straight at unmarked intersection where Rabbit Square Trail comes in from left
[ 6.95] Straight at unmarked intersection where Change House Trail comes in from left; trail becomes swampy
[ 7.05] At T-intersection turn right on Oak Ridge Trail (marked); pass ponds on right
[ 7.25] Trail becomes boardwalk; at first intersection right on Frog Pond Road, next intersection, left on Crossover Trail (unmarked)
[ 7.45] Straight at unmarked intersection of Eight Inch Road; short distance ahead veer left as unmarked Tin Box Road goes right
[ 7.60] Straight over TNT Road at unmarked intersection
[ 7.75] Keep right at unmarked intersection when unmarked Highbank Trail goes left; few steps ahead left on unmarked Sand Hole Road at yield sign
[ 7.90] Left at intersection briefly then right on boardwalk
[ 8.15] Keep right on boardwalk as trail joins boardwalk straight ahead
[ 8.25] Jog right off boardwalk then left back on to boardwalk
[ 8.35] Cross paved park road to continuation of boardwalk
[ 8.50] Arrive at paved trail behind Nature Center and follow to parking lot

Mount Defiance/Glasmere Ponds Loop from Shepherd Lake

Overview

This loop hike climbs to the summit of Mount Defiance, with panoramic views, and passes several scenic ponds.

Details
Time:
4.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
7 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Swimming, Fees, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Passaic
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
05/23/2008
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.136617,-74.232903
Driving Directions

Take Skyline Drive to its northwestern terminus at Greenwood Lake Turnpike (County Route 511). Turn right, continue for 1.5 miles, and turn right onto Sloatsburg Road. Continue for 2.1 miles and turn right onto Morris Road. In 1.3 miles, just before the entrance to the Skylands section of Ringwood State Park, turn left onto Shepherd Lake Road and proceed for 0.8 mile to Shepherd Lake. Past the entrance booth, bear left and park in the designated parking area (a parking fee is charged from Memorial Day to Labor Day). NOTE: Shepherd Lake is a popular destination on summer weekends, and the parking area can fill up early in the day.

Description

This hike follows a combination of footpaths, carriage roads (built for the estates that once dominated this area) and a mountain bike trail.

Yellow-Silver/Schuber/Cannonball Trail/Bear Swamp Lake Loop

Overview

This loop hike traverses less-used portions of the reservation, climbing to a viewpoint over Bergen County and the Manhattan skyline and passing several lakes.

Details
Time:
5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate to Strenuous
Length:
8.8 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Waterfall, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Bergen
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
06/06/2008
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

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See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.077928,-74.186575
Driving Directions

Take N.J. Route 17 to U.S. Route 202 in Mahwah. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, proceed south on Route 202 for two miles, and turn right into the Ramapo Valley County Reservation parking area.

Bus

Short Line offers bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Ramapo College, which is located about a mile to the north of the park entrance on Route 202. For schedule information, go to www.shortlinebus.com. Only limited service is available on weekends.

Description

The hike begins at a kiosk in the southwest corner of the parking area. Just ahead, you'll notice two triple blazes on a tree.

Kennedy Dells County Park

Park Overview:

Only a small portion of this 179-acre park is developed for active recreation.  Most of the park consists of wooded areas and open fields.  Hiking trails loop around the park, and a 2.4-mile circular hike is possible.  The western boundary of the park is the scenic Crum Creek, paralleled by a trail, and an old road leads down to ruins of a stone dam, stone arches that once supported a bridge over the creek, and a stone pumphouse,

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:3.3 miles
Park Acreage:179 acres
City/County/
State:
New City/Rockland/NY
Buy Book:New York Walk Book

Park Description:

Owned in the early 1900s by the well-known movie producer Adolph Zukor, this 179-acre park offers a fitness trail, hiking trails, horseback riding, a horse corral, nature study, soccer, and cross-c

Trails Overview:

There are two major trails in the park -- the 1.4-mile white-blazed Bridle Path, and the 1.4-mile unblazed Fitness Trail.  These trails can be combined to make a 2.4-mile loop hike around the perimeter of the park.  Although the Bridle Trail is open to equestrian use, it is primarily frequented by canines (accompanied by the owners and other family members). A section of the Bridle Path parallels scenic Crum Creek, the western boundary of the park, and an old road leads down to the remains of a stone dam (now breached), a road bridge over the creek (all that remains are the stone-arch abutments) and a stone pumphouse (with ruins of the machinery still inside). The park features nearly level topography, so the hikes are all easy. Click here for a description of a loop hike in the park.

Click here for a downloadable trail map. 

Directions:

To reach the park, take NY 304 to Main Street in New City and follow Main Street north for about one mile, past the County Court House, to the park entrance on the left.

Public Transportation: Rockland Coaches

Contact Information:Kennedy Dells Park
845-364-2670
Region:Rockland County
Fees:None
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Indian Rock/Wanaque Ridge Trail Loop

Overview

This loop hike climbs to scenic Ramapo Lake and follows the Wanaque Ridge Trail along the western ridge of the Ramapo Mountains, with panoramic views.

Details
Time:
3.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
5.5 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Public Transportation
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Passaic
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
10/12/2007

Updated/Verified:
10/23/2012
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin
See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.03463, -74.28553
Driving Directions

Take Interstate Route 287 south to Exit 55 (Wanaque/Pompton Lakes). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Union Avenue, then turn left at the next light onto Ringwood Avenue (County 511), following the signs for “Wanaque.” Continue for 0.7 mile to the next light, and turn right onto Second Avenue. At a “stop” sign in 0.3 mile, turn left onto the Boulevard. At the next intersection, bear right to continue on Fourth Avenue. In 0.2 mile, where Fourth Avenue bears left, continue straight ahead on Back Beach Road and follow it to its end at a large parking area.

Bus

Take NJ Transit's #197 bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to the intersection of Ringwood Avenue and Second Avenue in Wanaque.  Walk east on Second Avenue to its end at the Boulevard, and turn left onto the Boulevard. At the next intersection, bear right to continue on Fourth Avenue. In 0.2 mile, where Fourth Avenue bears left, continue straight ahead on Back Beach Road and follow it to its end at a large parking area for Back Beach Park. The total distance from the bus stop to the trailhead is about 0.9 mile.

Description

At the southern end of the parking area (to the right, as you enter), you will see a kiosk and three inverted-red-triangle-on-white blazes on a tree.

MacEvoy/Lookout Trails Lollipop-Loop

Overview

This hike leads to beautiful Ramapo Lake and climbs to several scenic overlooks on rocky footpaths.

Details
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
3.5 miles
Route Type:
Lollipop
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Bergen
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
02/21/2002

Updated/Verified:
01/12/2010
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin
See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.05036,-74.249829
Driving Directions

Take Interstate Route 287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Drive) and proceed north on Skyline Drive. Just ahead on the left is the Ramapo Mountain State Forest parking area.

Description

From the southern end of the parking area, follow the blue blazes of the MacEvoy Trail. The trail passes stone ruins, turns right onto a woods road, and heads uphill to Ramapo Lake.

Huyler's Landing Trail/Dyckman Hill Trail Loop from Englewood Boat Basin

Overview

This hike begins by following the shoreline of the Hudson River and continues along the top of the Palisades cliffs, with many outstanding views.

Details
Time:
5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
8 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Waterfall, Fees, Historic feature, Cliffs
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Bergen
State:
NJ
Publication
First Published:
07/11/2002

Updated/Verified:
07/17/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Accross the Hudson from South of Clinton Point. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
40.881157,-73.945073
Driving Directions

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 1 (Palisade Avenue, Englewood). Proceed east on Palisade Avenue and descend on the park entrance road to the Englewood Boat Basin. When you reach the traffic circle at the base of the descent, proceed north, entering the boat basin area (a fee is charged during summer months). Continue to the northern end of the boat basin.

Description

From the northern end of the boat basin, proceed north along the white-blazed Shore Trail.


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