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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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  • Eagle Rock Reservation has a great view of New York City. It can get extremely crowded on certain days (9/11, 4th of July). Great photography spot!  more »
  • This is one of the highest points in West Orange, which gives you great views of the NY skyline. Great for pics. Also a nice Memorial for Sept. 11th. You can also enjoy the park for a picnic, horsebac...  more »
  • Nice trails with some great views of Manhattan. Fun and healthy way to spend some time if you are in the area. The trails are well marked but it pays to take a picture of the trail map with your phone  more »
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  • Eagle Rock Reservation provides another beautiful refuge in Essex County. It provides visitors with great trails and views, and don't forget the New York skyline!!! The park also provides an area dedicated to the memory of those we lost in the 9/11 attack. It is a simple tribute to those we lost.
  • Great hiking, walking trails. Views of the city aren't what they used to be but it's still a great place for a walk in the woods. And after, you can make a quick change and enjoy the highlawn pavillion (well i live close enough for that!!!)
  • 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.