Know the New Hiking How-tos
Tenafly Nature Center Loop #1
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 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 gravel path which is the continuation of Hudson Avenue. In 200 feet, turn right on the Red Trail (blazed with red triangles), which heads south and then loops around to the north.
After crossing a wet area on puncheons, you’ll reach a trail junction at two 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 heads 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. Continue to follow the yellow-blazed Allison Trail as it turns left, joining the red-blazed Little Chism Trail. Both trails cross the Green Brook on a footbridge, then turn right and parallel the brook.
In 750 feet, you’ll reach another junction. Here, the Little Chism Trail leaves to the right, but you should continue ahead on the yellow-blazed Allison Trail.
When you reach the junction with the orange-blazed Haring Rock Trail, continue ahead on the yellow trail, now covering an 0.3-mile section of trail that you previously hiked in the reverse direction. When you reach the junction with the Purple Trail, remain on the yellow trail, now once again proceeding along a section of trail that you have not covered previously on this hike. A third of a mile beyond, the yellow-blazed Allison Trail ends at the Main Trail, a wide dirt road.
Turn left onto the Main Trail, passing the historic Lambier House, a private residence which dates back to the 1870s. Beyond the house, the road narrows to a wide gravel path. As the path approaches a stone wall, the White Trail (marked with white triangles) begins on the right. Turn right, leaving the Main Trail, and follow the White Trail. When you reach a junction with the white/red-blazed Bischoff Trail, turn left to continue along the White Trail, which soon begins to run along the shore of Pfister’s Pond. Sections of the trail that traverse wet areas are built on boardwalk.
Just beyond a wooden shelter used for programs (camping is not permitted), the White Trail ends at the Main Trail (the junction is marked by a stone monument to Dr. Joseph A. DeFilippi). Turn right onto the Main Trail and follow it back to the parking area where the hike began.