Newark Outdoor Activities

Newark Outdoor ActivitiesDespite its urban development, Newark actually has several green outdoor oases both in and surrounding the city. Let the Gateway City open up the door for you to reconnect with Mother Nature. Check out these favorite, marvelous nature sites, from roaring waterfalls and the Hudson River to gorgeous, tree-lined pathways and blossoming gardens.

Eagle Rock Reservation
Escape to the Eagle Rock Reservation in Essex County. This forest reserve and park takes up more than 400 acres of land in this densely populated metro area. The park is filled with rolling hills, valleys, streams and an extensive trail system. The rustic view of the great outdoors is not all that will take your breath away, however. The Essex County 911 Memorial provides an unparalleled view the New York City skyline.

Address: 424 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052 - MAP
Phone: (973) 731-6363
Web: www.eaglerockreservation.org

Branch Brook Park
Take a leisurely walk or a brisk jog along the many paved pathways weaving through Branch Brook Park. The largest public park in the city, this Newark outdoor treasure was once a training ground for soldiers in the Civil War. Nowadays, this romantic park showcases the beauty of nature, from its collection of cherry blossom trees (the largest in the nation) to its open meadows.

Address: 115 Clifton Ave., Newark, NJ 07104 - MAP
Phone: (973) 268-2300
Web: www.branchbrookpark.org

Great Falls of the Passaic River
Visit the intimidating Great Falls of the Passaic River to witness the true power of nature. These immense waterfalls measure 77 feet high, and feature remnants of the three-tiered waterpower raceway system from the days of early manufacturing mills. These prominent falls can be easily viewed from Haines Overlook Park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, McBride Avenue or the footbridge right over the gorge.

Address: 65 McBride Ave., Paterson, NJ 07501 - MAP
Phone: (973) 279-9587
Web: www.patersongreatfalls.org

Liberty State Park
Across the Upper New York Bay from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. Bordered by water on three sides, this humongous outdoor park features multiple bike paths, walkways and a promenade, as well as open fields, picnic areas, the Liberty Science Center, a playground and many monuments.

Address: Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07302 - MAP
Phone: (201) 915-3409
Web: www.libertystatepark.org

Stephen R. Gregg Park
The 97-acre Stephen R. Gregg-Bayonne County Park is divided into an east and a west half by shrubby slope. The western half features several different playing fields (from ball fields to tennis courts), a paved track and a spray pool. The eastern half showcases a greater variety of observable plant life as well as lovely outdoor scenery along Newark Bay.

Address: 1031 Kennedy Blvd., Bayonne, NJ 07002 - MAP
Phone: (201) 217-5484
Web: nynjctbotany.org

Weequahic Park
Explore the historic Weequahic Park, designed by the Olmsted Brothers during the 1890s although the area had been a popular area for hosting agricultural fairs and horse racing before then. Named after the Lenape Native American phrase for “head of the cove,” this park contains the largest natural lake in the county, rolling hills, the historic Dividend Hill pavilion and portions of the East Coast Greenway.

Address: Weequahic Park, Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 926-2536
Web: www.newarkhistory.com

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Take the opportunity to spend time outdoors and see creatures like fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and more than 244 species of birds in their natural habitats when you visit the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Like its name implies, this National Natural Landmark gives refuge for many of New Jersey’s native plant and animal inhabitants and plays a major role in the area’s ecosystem.

Address: 241 Pleasant Plains Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - MAP
Phone: (973) 425-1222
Web: www.fws.gov