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Overpeck County Park
|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|
|Trail Miles:||5 miles|
|Park Acreage:||805 acres|
|Leonia, Ridgefield Park, |
Palisades Park, Teaneck,
|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.
Ridgefield Park [Area III] :
Henry Hoebel Area, Leonia--North
Click on "Bus Timetables" for map and schedule.
|Contact Information:||Bergen County Department of Parks |