Closter Nature Center


Bridge Over Willow Creek. Photo By Daniel Chazin.


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Park Overview:

A small gem in Closter.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:3 miles
Park Acreage:136 acres
Web Map:Trail map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The Closter Nature Center is a quiet and beautiful retreat in the middle of a suburban Bergen County town. Ruckman Road divides it with the Nature Center building, a cabin and two ponds on the south side, and a relatively extensive trail system to the north leading through brooks, wetlands, meadows and forests. The building is wheelchair accessible, the trails are not.

Trails Overview:

The Center offers seven short, named trails to explore. With other unnamed trails and unpaved roads the network adds up to three miles. The central White Trail, which runs along Smith Brook, allows access to other trails.  Although some of the trails cross wetlands, an extensive network of boardwalks has been constructed to permit hikers to traverse many of these wet, muddy areas.

Use Web Map link above for trail map.  A side attraction is Buzzoni Farm, shown on the map in the upper right, and worth visiting to poke around--interpretive displays are in place.

  • Driving: Towns in the northeastern part of Bergen County are not close to any major highways. Consult the map tab above to chart out your approach. The easiest way to provide directions may not be the most direct for you. From Route 9W go west on Closter Dock Road in Alpine, when you reach Piermont Road turn right and continue north to the traffic lights at Ruckman Road. Turn left onto Ruckman Road and travel 0.3-mile to the parking area on the left. [GPS Coordinates: 40.97481,-73.95163]
  • Bus: Take Rockland Coaches [CoachUSA] Bus Lines No. 20 from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 41st Street, NYC, or No. 84 from George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal at 178th Street, NYC. Both stop at Old Closter Dock Road and Herbert Avenue, which is within one mile of the nature center. Click on Location Tab above for street map.
Contact Information:Closter Nature Center Association