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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  • Take a drive up or a hike through Eagle Rock reserve for a different perspective of Manhattan. From the ridge, you can look down on NYC. Great photos!  more »
  • Respectful 9/11 Memorial. Also, just nice views, especially of NYC. During 9/11, lot of us local went up there to get a view of what was happening in NYC...  more »
  • We have been at this site many times. The secret is to be able to wait for a super clear day in order to plan the trip. We have been fortunate enough to live, for 12 years, 1/2 mile away. So, every ti...  more »
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  • One of the nicest outdoor reservation/parks I've had the pleasure to enjoy in the NYC-metro area. Close to everything and relatively kid-friendly (although I would recommend AGAINST a hiking carriage on wheels). Great views of Manhattan when you reach the peak! There's even a bench. Lots of areas to sit and enjoy a fun picnic.
  • Eagle Rock is a great place to hold a family reunion or corporate cookout. There's lots of open space for the kids to run and play. Eagle Rock is pet friendly and very scenic. I highly recommend this place for your next outdoor function. 💜
  • Beautiful, sentimental view of NYC skyline. The monuments in memory of 9/11 are very touching and heart wrenching. All names of the victims are etched into a marble wall. Actual pieces of the tower are in exhibition.
  • Amazing views of New York city. A nice 9/11 memorial is also there.
  • Big park. Paths are not "man assisted" so make sure you're wearing hiking boots or something with water resistance if you leave the outer edge path. Trails are clearly marked so easy to follow. View near the restaurant is gorgeous with all of the NYC skyline.

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