Tenafly Nature Center Loop #2
Directions to trailhead
Take U.S. Route 9W to the traffic light at East Clinton Avenue in Tenafly. Proceed west on East Clinton Avenue for 1.7 miles and turn right at a traffic light onto Engle Street. Continue on Engle Street until it ends at a T-intersection with Hudson Avenue. Turn right and follow Hudson Avenue to its end at the nature center, where parking is available.
From the parking area, proceed ahead on the Main Trail, a wide wood-chip path which is the continuation of Hudson Avenue. In 200 feet, turn right onto the Red Trail (blazed with red triangles), which heads south and then loops around to the north.
After crossing a wet area on puncheons, be alert for a trail junction at several huge fallen trees, where the Purple Trail begins. Turn right onto the Purple Trail, which immediately crosses the stream on a footbridge. At the next intersection, bear left to continue on the Purple Trail (the trail on the right is the Blue Trail). After crossing a brook on a footbridge, the Purple Trail ends at a T-intersection with the yellow-blazed Allison Trail. Turn right onto the Allison Trail.
Where the trail bends left, there is an interesting rock formation (named "Little Rock Den" on the trail map) to the left of the trail. In another 500 feet, you'll reach a junction with the orange-blazed Haring Rock Trail. Turn right and continue south on the Haring Rock Trail, which follows a winding footpath and eventually widens to a woods road.
As you approach East Clinton Avenue, the southern boundary of the nature center, you'll notice a large boulder on the left. This is the Haring Rock, after which the trail is named. Turn left here and follow the yellow/orange-blazed Seely Trail, which proceeds southeast, parallel to East Clinton Avenue. After crossing the Green Brook on a footbridge, the Seely Trail ends at a junction with the yellow-blazed Allison Trail.
Turn left and head north on the Allison Trail, which follows a mossy woods road. In a third of a mile, you’ll reach a junction marked by a cairn. Continue to follow the yellow-blazed Allison Trail as it turns left, joining the red-blazed Little Chism Trail. Both trails cross the brook on a footbridge, then turn right and parallel the brook.
In 500 feet, you’ll reach another junction, this one marked by a large cairn. Turn right, leaving the yellow trail, and continue along the red trail, which soon approaches US 9W. For most of its length, the Little Chism Trail parallels this busy road, which can often be seen on the right through the trees.
After turning away from Route 9W, the red trail again approaches it at a junction marked by a cairn. Here, the short red-and-yellow-blazed Sweet Gum Spur Trail leads to Route 9W at the entrance to the Greenbrook Sanctuary. Continue ahead on the red trail, which crosses a brook on a footbridge. A short distance beyond, you'll notice an interesting rock outcrop on the left. This formation is made up of igneous rock, known as diabase, formed when molten lava cooled underground.
The trail once again approaches Route 9W and then turns away from it. When the Little Chism Trail ends at unpaved Hudson Avenue, cross the road and continue on the red-and-white-blazed Bischoff Trail, which parallels a stone wall on the left.
Before reaching the paved Montammy Road, the red-and-white trail turns left, briefly parallels the stone wall, then goes through a gap in the wall and passes to the left of a small pond. The trail then approaches Montammy Road and turns left to parallel the road. It soon crosses another stone wall, with buildings of the Montammy Country Club visible on the right, and the historic Lambier House (built in the 1870s) visible through the trees on the left. After crossing a third stone wall and briefly paralleling it, the Little Chism Trail ends at a junction with the De Filippi Trail (blazed with white triangles).
Turn right onto the De Filippi Trail and descend to Pfister's Pond. The trail bears left and follows the shoreline of the pond, with portions of the trail routed onto boardwalks. Along the way, you’ll pass a wooden shelter (for day use only) facing the pond. When the De Filippi Trail ends at a junction with a wide dirt road (the Main Trail), turn right and follow the road back to the parking area where the hike began, passing a viewpoint over the pond on the way.