Tenafly Nature Center/Lost Brook Preserve

Park Overview:

A pond, a visitors’ center, and seven plus miles of trails surrounded by woodlands and wetlands.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:7 miles
Park Acreage:382 acres
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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The Tenafly Nature Center, founded in 1961, manages a 52-acre parcel of land as well as the adjacent 330-acre Lost Brook Preserve.  The preserve includes second-growth woodland and wetlands, with the attractive three-acre Pfister's Pond in the northwest corner near the visitor center.

Trails Overview:

There are ten blazed trails totaling about seven miles.  Near the southern boundary of the nature center property, a huge glacial erratic may be seen east of the trail.  This is Haring Rock, after which the trail is named [orange blaze].  Other landmarks are pointed out on the trail map, accessible on the park's web site [see Contact Information].


From US 9W in Tenafly, proceed west on East Clinton Avenue.  In 1.7 miles, turn right at the traffic light onto Engle Street, then turn right at the next "T" intersection and follow Hudson Avenue uphill to its end at the nature center.  [Google Maps:  "313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670" Satellite view will show park outline.]

  • Public transportation:  Red and Tan bus routes #9A and #9W leave from the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st Street.  The nearest bus stops are on US 9W, at the entrance to the Greenbrook Sanctuary and at Montammy Drive.  A short connecting trail leads into the nature center property opposite the entrance to the Greenbrook Sanctuary, but hikers unfamiliar with the trails may wish to get off at Montammy Drive, follow US 9W south to Hudson Avenue [a gravel woods road], and proceed west on Hudson Avenue to the nature center building.  [Use Google Maps address above to get oriented; also study trail map on park's web site]
Contact Information:Tenafly Nature Center

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Who are the folks maintaining trails at the nature center?

Following is an excerpt from the Trail Conference's "Trail Walker," newsletter, July/August 2010:

"Like the cavalry, New Jersey residents Jack Driller of Ridgewood and Mark Liss of Fairlawn came to the rescue at the Tenafly Nature Center/Lost Brook Preserve (TNC), where trail maintainers faced 6 miles of devastated trails after a hurricane-like windstorm ripped through the area in early March. Jack and Mark came armed with their chain saws (and chain saw certification) and put their skills to work helping maintainers Pete Tilgner, Suzan Gordon, and Janet Albrecht clear 133 blow-downs at the Bergen County preserve."

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