West Essex Rail Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Little Falls, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.5 miElevation gain288 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPartially pavedRails trailsViewsWildflowersRocky
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Rolf Mazo
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Easy trail, well maintained. Great for the whole family, dogs, trail runners, and bikers.

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Jose Seoane
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Hiking

Nice trail. Not muddy at all.

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Richard Gobeille
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Hiking

Nice walk for a cup of coffee

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Rose Casanova
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In and out. Pretty flat gravel trail that goes the suburban community of Cedar Grove. Very pretty, well kept yards along the way. There's a few offshoot trails to explore which we'll do next time. It might be fun to follow the trail to Mills Reservation for more of a challenge. This was great for a nice walk. It was nearly six miles and a tad less than two hours. Bike, kid, family and dog friendly.

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Betsabet M
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James Jacob
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Alicia Panwala
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WalkingGreat!

Definitely kid friendly.... it runs along Cedar Grove community park. If the kids wanna stop and play on the playground for a little bit, it’s right there. Paths were clear and wide. It was quite busy on a nice day with runners, bikers and people enjoying a nice day. The kids liked to explore streams and waterfalls.

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Candy Kennedy
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Nice bike ride to get some riding in. No snow so it was a good choice

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Matt Bosco
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Moderately challenging mountain bike trail ride on the West Essex Trail and some local offshoots.

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John de Guzman
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Hector Montalvo
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Muy bueno buennissimo

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Jc .
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Laura Gensthaler
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Barrett McGoldrick
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It is a few miles from our house, so it is convenient. Great for quick hike with the kids and dog, or bike ride with the kids (almost all of it is dirt or gravel). We start near Verona High School. The path includes a bridge over route 23 and another bridge over a small river.

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Barbara Nagle
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Anthony Awerbuch
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Good for mild to slightly adventurous bike ride

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Peeush Purohit
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Easy and not moderate.. mostly flat with 1 or 2 inclines. Need to go off the path to get to the streams

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Emese Horvath
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Lots of houses and people around

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Greg DeLucia
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LOST KEYS! Dropped keys along way today (10/18) and while we’ll be fine the keychain does have sentimental value. If found, would appreciate a post. Can describe unique features. Thank you!

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Dan Rapoport
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Not sure why this is rated “moderate.” I was expecting a real hike and got an easy, flat walk surrounded by people’s backyards. Good for children and elderly but not for anyone looking for any type of challenge.

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Erica Glikos
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Easy but long hike.

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Andrew M
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Frank Waung
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Not paved. Some areas rough terrain. Good trail overall. 6 miles total back and forth.

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liz gosselin
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JULIO SALVA
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arya deshmukh
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Mountain bikingGreat!

It was a lot of fun. The trail was mostly gravel but had lots of cut offs from the main trail. The cutoffs were rlly tough but a lot of fun. I definitely recommend this trail for a begging or intermediate mountain biker!

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Sarah Hardt
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Hiking

It was good with the exception of a steep hill accompanied by lots of loose rocks.

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Ghost The
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Mountain biking

Awesome trails, shout out to Ramy, Sammy, and Naseem.

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