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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  • 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.
  • There's no words to describe the beauty of this place. Definitely a well kept secret looking over the NYC skyline. It's my go to spot each time I visit.
  • I've never actually been to the restaurant at the top for a formal event, but it looks great. Other than that the trails are great for mountain biking and running, and the view of the skyline is crystal clear. I highly recommend visiting this location. The switchback route on the West side is great for cycling!
  • Greatest view of the Manhattan skyline from the lookout! And a nice place to walk. trails are too easy to call it hiking ... nonetheless quiet and relaxed environment
  • Great place for view of New York great dining at the restaurant on top of the hill which when I was a small kid that used to be a hot dog and hamburger stand they turned into a five star restaurant roads are good plenty of parking and a place to hang out in the summer or the winter if you're a winter person

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