Overpeck County Park

Photo

Dragonfly Pond. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Location


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Park Overview:

Overpeck County Park consists of several discrete areas along the western and eastern banks of Overpeck Creek, near the junction of Routes 80 and 95 in Bergen County. 

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, Handicapped
Dogs:
Trail Miles:5 miles
Park Acreage:805 acres
City/County/
State:
Leonia, Ridgefield Park,
Palisades Park, Teaneck,
Englewood,/Bergen/NJ
Web Map:Overview map displaying pathways and amenities
Park Description:

The nearby DeKorte Park [Hackensack Meadowlands] was once a dump [or "landfill" as we prefer to say now] but currently is, by some credible accounts, a park with some very attractive trails.  Overpeck County Park, by contrast, was conceived a half-century ago to be a park to rival New York's Central Park, but alas became a dump.  As a result of lawsuits from neighboring towns -- which had donated sections of riverbank for the park -- and after a good deal of foot-dragging by County government, a vastly improved 154-acre segment of the park opened for the first time during the July 4th weekend of 2010.  Located at the end of Challenger Road in the Village of Ridgefield Park, it offers many recreational facilities, from soccer fields to boat launches [yes, two of them].  Importantly for hikers, there are five miles of walking and bike trails together with an observation deck and nature overlooks. 

This newest section on the western side of Overpeck Creek joins several other areas on the eastern bank to comprise the park. A bridge for pedestrians and cars to connect the western area with the rest of the park in Leonia has been installed.  It is a double wooden cable-stayed structure.

All trails in the section are paved and are generally quickly cleared of snow and ice after winter storms. The numerous trees that have been planted will need some growing time to fill in, but the trail network with its long loops and gentle slopes makes for a pleasant place to hike.

A lagoon within the park is often used for sculling races; Bald Eagles may be seen on occasion just outside park boundaries. 

For a now dated news account of the opening see: The Record, July 3, 2010.  An overview map is included. 

Trails Overview:

There are five miles of walking/jogging trails; use the trail map link above to locate these.  Click here for a hike description in the Teaneck Creek Conservancy area of the park.

Directions:

Ridgefield Park [Area III] :

  • From the South:  Take the Turnpike north to exit 18, local lanes and continue north on Rte 95. From Rte 95 north take exit 68, Challenger Road. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Challenger Road and proceed into Overpeck Park
  • For the Fort Lee Road entrance further north:  From Rte. I95 north take Exit 70A to Degraw Avenue/.Fort Lee Road, in roughly 0.3 mile turn right at a traffic signal into the park; from Leonia take Fort Lee Road east beyond the railroad track to turn left at the traffic light.

    • From either direction, a little traffic circle south of Fort Lee Road offers a choice of “Stables” or “New” section.  Hikers will prefer the “New” option leading to the Ridgefield Park Area.

Henry Hoebel Area, Leonia--North

  • From the South:  Take the Turnpike north to exit 18, local lanes and continue north on Rte 95. From Rte 95 north take exit 70A to Fort Lee Road.  Pass over Overpeck Creek and turn left into the park. 
  • From the North and local: Take Teaneck Road south. Make a left onto Degraw Road [at Teaneck Creek Conservancy], proceed over Route 95, the road name changes to Fort Lee Road, pass over Overpeck Creek and turn left into the park.

Public Transportation:

  • For the southern entrance at Challenger Road:  Take NJ Transit Route 167 [Harrington Park/Teaneck] from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in mid-town Manhattan to the bus stop at "Overpeck Corp/AGFA Building" 
  • For the entrance along Fort Lee Road: Take NJ Transit Route 182 [Hackensack] from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.  The route runs along Fort Lee Road near the park area's entrance, ask driver to let you off at nearest stop. 

Click on "Bus Timetables" for map and schedule.

 

Contact Information:Bergen County Department of Parks
2013367275
Region:Palisades
Fees:None