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Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
Eagle Rock Reservation is a 408.33-acre (165.25 ha) forest reserve and recreational park in the First Watchung Mountain of New Jersey (U.S.), primarily in the communities of West Orange, Montclair, and Verona. The land is owned and administered by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.The reservation is named after the Eagle Rock, a bare rock looking down from the mountain, which marks the boundary between the towns of Montclair and West Orange, New Jersey. The Lenape Trail passes through the reservation. There are many streams that flow throughout the reservation. The forests are home to abundant wildlife, including deer and bears.9/11 memorialAfter the September 11 terrorist attacks, residents of nearby communities gathered to view the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Because of this, on October 20, 2002, Essex County Executive James W. Treffinger, along with many local residents and dignitaries, dedicated a section of the reservation, which overlooks the Manhattan skyline, to a memorial built in honor of those killed during the attacks. The names of all who perished at the World Trade Center or on the two planes that crashed into the twin towers are permanently inscribed in a marble memorial.
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  • Eagle Rock Reservation is a large tract of wooded land that is part of the Essex County Park system. One can hike here or enjoy a picnic area, but the main attraction is the viewing area near the High...  read more »
  • Eagle Rock Reservation is 408 acres of wooded land mostly red oak.. Eagle Rock lies on the crest of the First Watchung Mountain which are predominately volcanic basalt formations. It's name Eagle Rock...  read more »
  • Share physical space with the Memorial september 11, has a beautiful park and nearby there is a very interesting restaurant. only that
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  • Great view of NYC and a very nice 9/11 memorial. From this hilltop you can see from Staten Island through to northern Manhattan. Really amazing. We also did a hike on a couple of the trails at the top of the hilltop. They were not very challenging, and weren't marked too well. Perhaps the trails at the bottom were better marked and more fun, but I'm not sure. Definitely worth the trip to see the view.
  • Great view of Manhattan skyline, and touching memorials to Sept 11th events. We wanted to take a short loop hike with the kids in our group (ages 11, 9, 4 yrs) but couldn't find a loop so we just hiked up the Lenape trail a bit and turned around to come back. There was a short section of the Lenape trail that was marked on the map but it doesn't have trail markers - near Winding Way road and Kiosk #2. Recommend avoiding this short trail as there are downed power lines along the trail!! Not good with kids. Look forward to going back and finding longer trails. There is a Jersey Mike's and Chipotle nearby for a quick meal after the hike - very friendly people there.
  • A wonderful place to visit. You get a distant view of Manhattan that is just amazing. A amazing 911 Memorial reminds us to pay our respects and to contemplate on the greatness of this country. There are lots of hiking trails here but I haven't been hiking here.
  • Very pretty, windy natural area. Loved the 9/11 memorial very beautiful. Great place for a picnic
  • Really cool place for hiking. We drove up to the top, which boasts a great panoramic view of NYC, Newark, and North Jersey as well as a nicely done 9/11 Memorial. My friend and I took a hike on the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail and had a good time - I'd definitely like to hike around here again in Spring / Summer.
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