West Essex Rail Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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West Essex Rail Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Little Falls, NJ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.5 miles 395 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

trail running
3 months ago

Easy, well groomed trail that runs from Verona to Cedar Grove. Plenty of parking on the street near the trail ahead or 0.1 mile away at Verona High. Trail is mostly packed gravel with a few sections of wash out where you need to pay a little more attention to footing. Great for running - might be a little boring for mountain bikers.

3 months ago

4 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

This trail is just amazing, my favorite place to ride so far. The main trail is fairly long, flat and hard packed dirt with a couple of small gravel and loose rocky areas. I'm going to be honest, it's pretty boaring. It gets really interesting when you get off the main trail, there is a lot of nice tight and single track type trails with hard turns and natural obstacles. There is a pretty cool waterfall fairly close to the beginning where a lot of people jump off the 20 foot or so cliffs, very refreshing after a nice ride. Unfortunately all the ramps, burms and wooden obstacles you see in some of the pics are gone but it's still a great place to ride and has something for everyone if you look for it.

trail running
6 months ago

easy and nice scenery. ran into a garden snake at the end though

7 months ago

Good local trail to hike or bike

1 year ago

Awesome family trail

walking
1 year ago

I walked this trail with my husband and it was an oasis in the city! The trail was a bit hard to find from the Verona High area, but once you get onto it its like stepping into a hidden world. The trail has diverse views that range from back yards to fresh water streams. the wildlife is very active; we saw deer, chipmunk and tons of birds. Great hike if you live in the area and just want to get away for an hour or three.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Very easy trail. Quiet , no heavy traffic. Nice views , a lot of deers

trail running
2 years ago

walking
2 years ago

Great trail for walking, hiking with family,please keep dogs on leashes it is illegal to have dogs run loose in the trails, have consideration for others, I don't want your dog jumping all over me or invading my space, or I will use my pepper spray if I have too.and slow down bikers......cause you might just tip off your bike

walking
2 years ago

Had a wonderful walk today with the fam, nice clean, lots of wild life, very shady and cool .

Very nice trails with some obstacles made up. We couldn't find it initially but with the suggestion from one of the reviews we ended up in the parking lot of the Cedar Grove Community Park. You just have to make sure that when you go up on this little path you see up on the right you don't cross the street on the top!! You can make a hard right onto a trail next to the one you are coming in and this will take you to a lot more trails latter on. It starts with an easy flat ride for a while but then it gets into the mountain and hills and it gets very nice! Definitely have to come back.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Nice trail with a few cutoffs to some small side trails

hiking
3 years ago

I could find the trail in Little Falls...

mountain biking
3 years ago

A rail trail is a rail trail, mostly easy. But as I wrote about on my profile I found an entrance to Hilltop Reservation in Verona across the street from the south end of the trail (through the entrance of a senior living community) that brought me up to a surprise network of challenging single track trails! I recommend parking in the Cedar Grove Community Park parking lot. If you don't want to drive an hour to Jungle or other popular places this may be a great local alternative to check out and explore. The West Essex Trail proves to be a great warm-up to an interesting place to explore.

mountain biking
4 years ago

I rode this on my bike while caching along the trail. Well maintained and active.

mountain biking
4 years ago