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The Best Spots for a Long Walk in Bergen County, New Jersey

by Carli Clesmere
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Going outside every day, either for a delightful long walk or a hike through a mystical trail, gives busy humans a way to find silence in this noisy world. For Bergen County nature lovers, it is easy to escape the traffic lights for a refreshing stroll through flora and fauna. After all, it’s called The Garden State for a reason. With so many hiking routes, nature walks, and breathtaking pathways to explore in the Bergen area, there are plenty of choices to keep adventurers busy year-round. Read on for more of the best walking spots in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Fort Lee Historic Park + Ross Dock Loop | Henry Hudson Drive, Fort Lee

Fort Lee, New Jersey, legitimately lies on the fence between an urban and suburban lifestyle. this Bergen County town has a true hidden gem which is the Fort Lee Historic Park and Ross Dock Picnic Loop. This area is great for walkers of any level because if one is up for the challenge, one can roam up and down the intimidating cliffs. On the floor of these cliffs sits a little “island”. This little “island” has incredible Hudson River views, picnic tables, families gathered around the playground area, and a short, tranquil path along the water.  the riverfront walkway is practical for any fitness level, and explorers will still get the incredible views.

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New Milford Nature Preserve | 160 Trotta Drive, New Milford

In the heart of New Milford lies 8.5 acres of wooded land that has dirt trails. Volunteers cleaned up these routes for individuals to appreciate authentic nature walks, making this spot more appealling for all. Now, many residents have uncovered one of the many hidden gems in Bergen County. It’s a bit tricky to locate, but it’s parked right off the New Milford Swim Club Parking Lot.

Overpeck County Park | 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia

This grand, family-oriented park is a magnificent spot for walkers. At Overpeck Park, one can walk, run, bike, or even roller skate/blade. Off the side of the walking paths, are the smiles from youthful mouths dancing in the playground area, families flying kites among the big open greenery, or people canoeing/kayaking into Overpeck Creek. Nestled inside this grand park is a great dog park/ play area for pups to have the best race-around.

Palisades Interstate Park | Exit 2 Palisades Interstate Parkway, Alpine

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Alpine Interstate Park consists of muddy rock-filled pathways and Riverfront views. Nature lovers who don’t shy away from dirt will enjoy exploring the 30+ miles of trails at Alpine Interstate Park.

Ramapo Reservation Loop Trail | 608 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah

Ramapo Valley County Reservation is Bergen County’s largest park area, and we’re a bit biased, but we think it’s pretty enough to be in the movies. l.The  Ramapo Reservation Loop is a bit more challenging of a walk but worth the extra steps for these scenic views. This trial will run around 7.3 miles from start to finish.

Riverside North + South County Park | North: 315 Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst NJ, 07071 + South: 799 Riverside Avenue, North Arlington

Riverside County Park stretches over both Lyndhurst and North Arlington, both towns home to Bergen County. While the park connects and spans a full 85 acres along the Passaic River, it is divided into two sections: North and South. This park is perfect for a long walk. One can stroll from the Northside to the Southside with plenty of resting benches in between. BCG pro tip: head over to 3rd Wave Cafe near the North End side of the park for a post-workout protein shake and a heavenly everything-seasoned avocado toast.

Saddle River County Park | 1133 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood


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Saddle River County Park consists of five park areas that are linked together. A multi-use pathway mends together this lengthy trail for walkers, hikers, bikers, rollerbladers, and skaters. This long path runs through some of our favorite Bergen County towns like Ridgewood, Rochelle Park, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, and Ho-Ho-Kus. Usually, the best place to start is at the Wild Duck Pond Area and then walk for as long as your heart (and feet) desire.

Van Saun County Park | 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus

Van Saun County Park is a true classic of Bergen County. The Van Saun County Park has a delightful walking trail that surrounds the park’s perimeter. While short, it’s certainly sweet. After the walk, stop by and say a quick “hey” to the animals at the Van Saun Zoo.

Veterans Field Park | 1165 River Road, Edgewater

Veterans Field Park, in Edgewater, is a charming park along the Hudson River. Veterans Field Park has a superb walking trail with views of the GWB and Hudson River. The park has basketball courts, playgrounds, a football field, a spray/water park, and an outdoor workout area with instruments to help aid outdoor workouts. Be on the lookout for the ice cream vendors who are frequently parked nearby in the warm weather.

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Wood Dale County Park | 100 Prospect Avenue, Woodcliff Lake

Wood Dale County Park, located in Woodcliff Lake, is surely 118 acres of bliss. This park always attracts families and offers something for everyone, including our fuzzy friends. In the park’s fences prevails an off-leash dog park so your pup can have some fun in the sun.

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