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Celery Farm Mayor Fitzpatrick Nature Trail

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The Celery Farm

Celery Farm Mayor Fitzpatrick Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Allendale, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 9 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



no shade

no dogs

This is a short and easy, pleasant walk in a small oasis of green in the middle of Bergen County known region-wide for its excellent birding. Catch the trail behind the kiosk and turn left. It will go through an often wet area and it follows a stream for a way, then a drainage ditch. To your right is the meadow with acres of phragmites spread out before you. Stay on the trail and you will soon pass an observation platform. A good spot to view birds from. The trail winds around the lake and turns east, then south before returning to the beginning. This is by no means a wilderness hike, as you're never far from roads and area homes, yet is worthwhile if you're interested in birding and the area is also known for its many butterflies. Because of its short length its also a great hike for families with young children.

4 months ago

Nice and easy trail. Great observation decks.

5 months ago

Easy hike, but extremely muddy

7 months ago

The Celery Farm is more then an easy hike. It is where I go to unwind and enjoy a slice of nature. And if it has rained the night before, be sure to come prepared for muddy trail sections and by all means, do not wear white shoes. One of my favorite places to observe Spring Time or Fall foliage… I have you can come after a snowfall… It’s absolutely beautiful!

8 months ago

bird watching
Sat May 18 2019

This is not a park but 107 acres of serene nature preserve in frenetic Bergen County. It's a great place for walking, photography, bird watching, an outdoor adventure with children, or a spot to simply reconnect with nature's beauty. It was an actual celery/onion farm and has retained its wetland qualities - hence the sometimes muddy trails after a rainy day. Volunteers from Fyke Natrue Association help to maintain the trails: see their website for history, photos, programs, guided walks, etc.- This site also has a more accurate map of the trails. NJ.Audubon Society, included it in its Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA) Program, which identifies areas that provide essential habitats for sustaining bird populations. This makes it a great spot for birders and photographers, especially during migration. It is wooded and there are roots in the paths, so it's not really a place for trail running. Visitors are also encouraged to stay on the paths to limit possible exposure to poison ivy and/or ticks, and to check for ticks when you return home. Something to consider whenever you spend time outdoors.

Fri May 17 2019

This a family-oriented nature preserve, maintained by volunteers. It's a great place for walkers, photographers, birders and other nature lovers. The trails are narrow with lots of roots, and can be muddy. In short, there are far more appropriate places to run than here.

Sun Apr 07 2019

My toddler loves this trail. There are plenty of roots sticking out so you have to keep an eye out. But a really nice, easy trail loop

Thu Jan 03 2019

Love this trail!

Sun Oct 14 2018

Muddy. Slippery. Smelly. Barely any views of the pond. The area is full of invasive grasses obstructing all views.

Sat Oct 06 2018

Was a tad muddy but my 2 year old made it around the whole loop without a problem. Sighted 5 deer as well!

Mon Sep 17 2018

fun short a couple of nice resting points

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Tue May 29 2018

really great hike to do with the kids. mine were 7 and 10 at the time. we saw some deer (really close!) and a beautiful crane! nothing steep. a little muddy in places but otherwise a really fun activity to add to your weekend.

Sat Mar 24 2018

Such a cute place! Easy loop or you can explore the trails. Many lookout points and fun places to explore. My almost four year old loved it and was able to independently navigate the trail. Will be returning soon!

Wed Jan 17 2018

A pleasant, quick loop. Most of the time you are within brush and trees, so not much to see in the distance. There are a few bird watch stands where you can go and view the wildlife in the pond. A lot of bird watchers come here. We were lucky to have come in spring and see snapping turtles tumbling over each other and making waves during their mating season. Quick, enjoyable, good for kids.

Wed Oct 18 2017

This is a heavily trafficked trail and it shows in the compacted soil. Be careful of the many exposed tree roots because of this. Overall the trail is very clean and well maintained. A few nice viewing points of the pond/wetlands. The trail follows a stagnant drainage ditch so bring plenty of bug spray for the mosquitos. Some birds and aquatic wildlife. Also saw a deer. The map as drawn does not match the trail.

Thu Jul 13 2017

Easy walk with kids, lots of fun tree tunnels, bridges to cross and benches to sit and watch nature go by.

Wed Jul 12 2017

The Celery Farm is an excellent trail accessible all year round. It is right off of Franklin Turnpike in Allendale, NJ (residential area)....I absolutely love this trail for both walking and running...about .5 miles into the trail it gets very narrow and can be muddy (nature at its best)...Lots of deer and the obvious birds...have seen a number of snapping turtles and frogs...a great escape from the busy lifestyle of Bergen County....I highly recommend this trail!

Sun Jul 02 2017

Nice gentle walk in the middle of busy Bergen County. Quiet. Saw some impressive birds, a few turtles and some deer. Heavy rain yesterday so a couple spots on the trail were a bit muddy.

Sat Jul 01 2017

Excellent at any time of day. Lots of deer. Be aware that the trails can be very muddy especially after rain .

Sat Jun 24 2017

Excellent. mostly shaded nature walk. Large lake with bird posts and housing. Lots of wildlife - fish, deer, herons, birds, ducks, geese, rabbits, turtles, and more.

Fri Apr 14 2017

Ice spot and the grounds are maintained for use. It's a small loop and good for children. It can get a little muddy on the trail after a heavy storm. The small vantage points allow for great viewing of the wildlife in the area. The old farm equipment adds a great imaginary/rustic addition to the grounds. Whole place can me seen in 1-2 hours.

Sun Feb 19 2017

This is a good trail with kids. There are a number of benches to rest and a few lookout points. Kids especially liked the abandoned tractor and the half dozen deer we saw coming to take a drink at a stream. A few words of caution: there are tons of tree roots to watch for and the snow is melting so it's very, very muddy in spots.

Sat Jan 21 2017

Great trails a little over a mile, you can get a jogger style stroller through the park. There are some mud patches and tree roots. Not a complaint just a heads up. The park offers perches to survey the preserve and the wide variety of wildlife. We loved the tractor and other farm equipment adds to the experience for any child. Def a good spot

Sun Dec 04 2016

Beautiful view

Wed Aug 10 2016

It's not the best hike as far as challenge. It's a walk. However , as far as nature and magic go. It's a must see

Fri Jun 10 2016

beautiful little hike.

Wed Mar 09 2016

So so muddy. We had to turn around.

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