Eagle Rock Reservation is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Orange, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

Eagle Rock Reservation is located on the borders of West Orange, Verona, and Montclair, New Jersey. The Reservation enjoys an unrivaled view of the New York City skyline from the Essex County 911 Memorial. From here you can view the George Washington Bridge to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. For more information visit: http://www.eaglerockreservation.org/

2 months ago

Disappointed with how close the longest route goes to roads and neighborhoods. Didn’t feel like a hike. Also being rated moderate difficulty is very generous. More like a stroll.

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2 months ago

4 months ago

I really like the hiking scene here in Jersey, in general. I like this place particularly because the locals tell me there are no deer and thus, no deer ticks and Lyme disease.

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4 months ago

Pretty scenic route but definitely easy and not moderate. Fair views of city, alittle too close to homes and roads. Paved well, not much rock climbing. Did see a deer though :) that was nice. Also dog friendly, saw about 8. Nice for a casual low intensity walk.

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4 months ago

Great for the dog ! Didn’t take the outer loop trail because of it being so close to the road but there are many great interlocking trails all over this place. When you first come in, you see the 9-11 memorial with an amazing few of the NYC skyline ! We also saw a ton of deer and some young bucks.

4 months ago

The skyline of New York is gorgeous, saw a lot of beautiful deer. Antlers and all. Only issue is a lot of the trail is by roads, so there is some noise pollution and lots of trees down, blocking the trails. we got adventurous and climb around some, but at a few points we had to backtrack to get around.

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5 months ago

Exactly what I was looking for. A little bit of everything. Went out on the blue trail, headed back on the white trail. Stopped to take a few photos - it was raining and everything looked really beautiful! I was really feeling it when I was done and it felt great! I’ll definitely be heading back.

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7 months ago

Eagle Rock has a special magic that I haven’t seen matched by many parks. It has a vast array of terrains (from rocks and boulders to manicured trails to mossy wonderlands to some of the best off-trail hidden gems). In the nicer weather, I’ll find myself here at least 3-4 times a week. Keep an eye out for stick teepees and fairy houses on the trails! In the last couple years there has been trash and graffiti problems, but unsure if it’s due to it’s rising popularity or lack of staff upkeep and/or funding.

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10 months ago

Nice spot

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AMAZING trail ups and downs.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Is awesome everything in one place!!! Up ...!! Down..!! Hill..! Little mountain!! Is amazing!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great trail, paths are well marked.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Agree with other comments... the trail is pretty easy with well traveled and defined paths with little in the way of obstacles/challenges. However, you do get some killer views and still a really nice way to spend a couple of hours. You can mix it up with some of the trails that cut through the center of the reservation to increase the distance.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I absolutely love seeing the deer every morning.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

This trail should be rated as Easy, because there really are no challenges. The trail is wide and well-maintained, so no real terrain to traverse. It ends with a nice view of NYC, which is cool, but crowded with a lot of families. Would be a good spot to bring a picnic at the top.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice area in the middle of city/suburbs. Quiet, well marked trails. Saw chipmunks, rabbits and deer. Not a hard hike, a little rocky in spots.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

I enjoyed this trail. Another one of the riches of nature within your reach.
Lot's of tree shade to protect you from the direct sunlight when hot.
Next time I will venture a little deeper onto the blue trail.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A favorite with a great view of the City.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great view of Manhattan

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Beautiful and peaceful hike. We started by checking out the views at the 911 Memorial, which is really heart-wrenching. We then primarily followed the blue trail which is marked as "moderate" but really pretty easy. Seeing the numerous tepees is cool. Trails are really well marked and was a lovely middle-of-the-day outing. Would recommend. Could also be good for kids 6+.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

It was a very easy trail. I went off the path to see if it would get harder but it stayed pretty easy. it was beautiful and not many people where there which was great for my dogs

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lots of different trail options but not much elevation gain. This would be a great place for mountain biking however they are not permitted on the trails. Many of the trails are full of loose rock so trail runners need to choose their route carefully.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ok... fun for kids but not much

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Not a terrific trail. It was nice for the first time, don't intend to run. A majority of the trail is beside a busy road, completely removing the immersion. The trails are VERY poorly marked and confusing. Terrain extremely easy, in fact we passed a couple pushing a stroller. Biggest redeeming quality is the incredible view of Manhattan near the trail. It was clean and well maintained.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Got a little mixed up and ended up by the road. But nice place in the middle of urban life

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lots to see, and the dog loved it. Some of the sections were through neighborhoods; not as ideal as fully wooded trail.

Monday, September 07, 2015

love this place. took the blue trail and used the as map to find our way out right before sunset!! the dogs loved it to. not to many people at all. it was great.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Eagle Rock was 2 miles away from my home and I hiked there frequently the past 2 years. It offers great views on the NYC skyline, especially when the lights in the city come on in the early evening. Although the park is small, you can combine the well-blazed trails into different routes. I'd categorize all trails as easy, but there are some that let you hop over a small stream or climb a bit. I really liked hiking there with the dogs in the fall and winter. The park is surrounded by densely populated areas and you'll see people there all the time, except in the winter. If you prefer to be alone on the trails, South Mountain reservation is close by and is a lot less visited.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

There is a great view of NYC as well as a 9/11 memorial at the start if the trail. Some of the trail markers were missing which made things a bit confusing but we made it just fine. We took our 7 year old and he loved it! Not too crowded.

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