Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange

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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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  • Having grown up in Montclair, I visited the Eagle Rock Reservation countless times. Though I live in central New Jersey now, when my wife suggested doing something outside on an unseasonably warm Janu...  more »
  • The reserve is a calm and beautiful place. You can make a picnic or simply enjoy the view with friends and family. The view is great, you can see the city of New York is a great option for those who like to see the sunrise or the sunset. Don't pay to get in.
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  • A great view of the New York skyline, lots of really nice nature walks where you can see plenty of wildlife and a moving 9/11 memorial.  more »
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  • Nice place for day picnic and trail. It has easy to moderate level trails. You can also do BBQ as they have grills in the garden. Enough parking space but you need to come little early to get perfect spot under tree :)
  • Because we live in Essex County it's sometimes hard to go back to Nature. Yes we could go upstate or we could go to Morris or Warren County or to the Poconos but sometimes you take a short little stroll through nature and not have to drive over an hour away. Going to Eagle Rock is very simple and once you're on the trails you kind of feel like you're not in New Jersey anymore which is what I usually am going for when I go to Eagle Rock. It's not Yosemite and the hiking trails are really simple but it's great just to be outdoors. In addition to the hiking trails at Eagle Rock reservation, there is a Lookout Point where you can see New York City and also pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Eagle Rock Reservation has gorgeous views of NYC, an amazing restaurant in the High Lawn Pavilion, and a 9/11 memorial to first responders. It is a beautiful place to take your lunch and eat outside, have a picnic, or go on a hike. On cloudy nights, I have seen awesome lightning from storm clouds while keeping a safe distance. This place is a must visit!
  • Great trails and view. Would definitely go on a nice day. Gets a little muddy after rain and snow though, so bring boots!
  • Gorgeous little park to take a walk in! Enjoy the senerey and the snow! ;) Can't wait to see what it looks like come the spring.
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