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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  • July 23, 2017
    A very moving place to bring people visiting the area to remember those who died in 9/11. The views of the City are an incredible backdrop for this beautiful memorial.  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    Great natural park that is located in Essex County in the State of New Jersey. It is located on high ground, approximately 177 metres above sea level. He is amazed the greatness that is this park with so much greenery and wild animals whose vast surface measured incredible 166 hectares. It is necessary to arrive at particular vehicle because there is no public transport to this destination. The place has own parking. We visited the Park at the end of December 2016 for what the temperature was in the six (6) degrees below zero and in addition to the cold breeze that transferred us to the bones. We had to put on our gloves, because how much cold felt there on that date. It is very important to highlight the wonderful view of the Park at any angle. From there you can see far away clearly the city of New York. The place offers a Memorial of the terrorist attack of September 11 with the remains of the twin towers. There are remains of concrete steel beams inside. There is a base of marble with the helmet of a firefighter and another with the hats made of a police officer. Another marble base there are a few remains of beams in steel and concrete and the statue of a dog in reference to these brave animals who worked on the search and rescue of the victims of the attack. On another basis is the statue of a girl carrying a teddy bear toy and behind it, a huge book open vertically in his arms. There is also a huge marble plaque containing the names of the victims. On the floor there is a small plaque in steel and concrete containing a very heartfelt, painful and impressive, note written in English and that it reads in Spanish: "September 11, 2001" "A day we will always remember" "this piece of steel and concrete is the Foundation of the first towers bombed in 1993 and attacked and destroyed in 2001." Here lie these remains as a reminder that America, brimming with freedom and possibilities, will survive and flourish and that people who were directly impacted by this terrible tragedy will remain forever in our minds and hearts". Therefore, this Park pays solemn homage to eternity in memory to all the victims of the terrorist attack on the twin towers. The Park has a fantastic restaurant to enjoy a satisfying lunch or perhaps a Royal dinner with family or our best friends as final relaxing visit to the forest reserve. In the Park breathes fresh air, feel much peace and tranquility and spectacular views are enjoyed to recreate and always remember with many photos and videos.
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  • June 7, 2017
    Beautiful memorial of a sad, shocking time. Took a walk to the memorial after having a delightful dinner at the Highlawn Pavillion  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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. 💜
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Amazing views of New York city. A nice 9/11 memorial is also there.
  • February 20, 2017
    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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