Outdoor Activities

Saddle Brook Park

Bergen County Parks


201-336-PARK (7275)
www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks

Totaling nearly 9,000 acres, Bergen County boasts an exceptional park system where residents can ski, skate, jog, cycle, golf, picnic, camp overnight, tour a zoo, visit a Revolutionary War battle site, take a guided nature hike, swim, and a number of sports. The Bergen County Park System features a nationally accredited zoo, five golf courses, twenty-one parks, a horseback riding area, an environmental center, and nine historic sites. In addition, there are many open expanses for individuals and families to enjoy as they please.

GENERAL INFO


Most parks open at 7:30 a.m., close 1/2 hour after sunset. Exceptions are made for lighted sporting areas, ice skating areas, overnight camping (permit required), the Environmental Center Exhibit Hall, and the Bergen County Zoo. Exceptions also for these fee facilities: Campgaw Mountain Ski Center, Darlington Park during the swim season (opens at 10:00 am), Saddle Ridge horseback riding facilities, the Van Saun Park Railroad, Millennium Carousel, pony rides. All information about hours, rates, directions, and permits may be obtained from the Bergen County Department of Parks.

BELMONT HILL COUNTY PARK


Palisades Ave., Garfield
Amenities: Playground, scenic overlook

BORG’S WOODS NATURE PRESERVE


Allen Street, Hackensack
Amenities: 14-acre woodlands and wetlands nature preserve

CAMPGAW MOUNTAIN RESERVATION


200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430
201-327-3500
201-327-7800 (also for ski area information)
Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. Camp season: April 1 – Nov. 30.
www.skicampgaw.com

Amenities: 1373-acre wooded park in Ramapo Mts. Archery, disk golf, fishing, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing in a wooded setting. Hiking available along marked trails. Campsites available, permits (with fees) required and are available at Darlington County Park, Maps available through the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 156 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. 201-512-9348; www.nynjtc.org

CAMP GLEN GRAY


200 Midvale Mountain Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2700
201-327-7234
www.glengray.org
Email: CampGlenGray@aol.com

Amenities: 750-acre former Boy Scout wooded camp in Ramapo Mts. Camping (cabins, lean-tos, campsites), dining hall for indoor events and meals, fishing, hiking, sports fields.

DAHNER’S LAKE COUNTY PARK


Midland Avenue, Garfield

Amenities: Fishing, pedestrian pathway, picnicking, playground, roller hockey.

DARLINGTON COUNTY PARK


600 Darlington Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430
201-327-3500
Entrance on Darlington Ave. off Rte. 202.

Amenities: 178-acre park in foothills of the Ramapo Mts. with three lakes. Basketball courts, fishing, handball courts, multi-use path, picnicking, playground, swimming, tennis courts, wildlife observation.

GARFIELD ARTESIAN FIELDS


Boulevard and Gilbert Street, Elmwood Park

Amenities: Athletic fields: softball field (1), minor league baseball only (1)

HACKENSACK RIVER COUNTY PARK


Hackensack Ave., Hackensack

Amenities: 28-acres along the Hackensack River in northern section of Hackensack. Pedestrian trails/boardwalk, wildlife observation.

JAMES A. MCFAUL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER


150 Crescent Ave., Wyckoff, NJ
201-891-5571
Open year-round.

Amenities: 81-acre park. Indoor & outdoor wild-life exhibits, bird shelters, woodland gardens, nature education programs, observatory overlook, pedestrian pathways, picnicking, waterfowl pond, wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, nature trails. No pets allowed.

OVERPECK COUNTY PARK


Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park and Teaneck
Amenities: 805-acres.

Henry Hoebel Area – Leonia North


Fort lee Road, Leonia
Amenities: All-weather running track, athletic fields, basketball, off-leash dog-park area, fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball, World Trade Center Memorial.

Henry Hoebel Area – Leonia South


Fort lee Road, Leonia
Amenities: Basketball, bird watching, fishing pier, nature trails, picnicking, playground,

Palisades Park Sportsplex


Roosevelt Street, Palisades Park
Amenities: Athletic fields (permit) with press box, scoreboard & public address system – Challenger Baseball League, Little League, NCAA, Softball, Track & Field events on all-weather running track;; football/soccer stadium; model boating (permit); playground (ADA accessible).

Ridgefield Park Area


199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park
Amenities: amphitheater (3000 seats), baseball field, canoe/kayak launch, concession areas, nature overlook, open field (40-acre), pedestrian & pike paths, playground, soccer fields, softball field, tennis courts.
Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Teaneck
Overpeck – Area 1
201-836-2403
www.teaneckcreek.org

PASCACK BROOK COUNTY PARK


Emerson Road, Westwood, & River Vale

Amenities: 79-acre park. Athletic fields, basketball, fishing, model boating (permit), pedestrian pathway, picnicking, playground, tennis courts.

RAMAPO VALLEY COUNTY RESERVATION


Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah, NJ 07430
201-327-3500

Amenities: Over 4000 acres in the Highlands Region. Camping, canoe/kayak access to Ramapo River, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking trails, tent campsites.
Maps available through the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 156 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. 201-512-9348; www.nynjtc.org

RIVERSIDE COUNTY PARK


Lyndhurst and North Arlington
Amenities: Park stretches some 85 level-acres along the Passaic River.

Joseph Caricci Area


River Road, Lyndhurst
Amenities: Athletic fields, bocce, off-leash dog-park, fitness center, pedestrian pathway, picnicking, playground, tennis courts.

North Arlington Area


River Road, North Arlington
Amenities: Athletic fields, pedestrian pathway, picnicking, playground, tennis courts.

SADDLE RIVER COUNTY PARK


Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Paramus, Ridgewood, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook

Amenities: 577-acre linear park that meanders with the Saddle River and its tributary brooks, with 5 park areas linked by 6-mile Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway that runs from Ridgewood in the north to Rochelle Park in the south.

Rochelle Park Area


Railroad Ave., Rochelle Park
Amenities: Basketball, picnicking, playground (ADA accessible), softball field, tennis courts

Otto C. Pehle Area


Saddle River Rd., Saddle Brook
Amenities: Ball fields, fishing, Easton Tower Historic Site, model boating, picnicking, playground, softball field, tennis courts, Yitshak Rabin Tree Grov

Dunkerhook Area


Paramus Rd., Paramus
Amenities: Fishing, model boating, ice-skating, picnicking, playground, tennis courts.

Wild Duck Pond Area


Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
Amenities: Fishing, model boating, off-leash dog-park, picnicking, playground (ADA accessible).

SAMUEL NEKLIN COUNTY PARK


Rose Street, Wallington

Amenities: 17-acre park. Athletic fields, dog park, fishing, ice skating, pedestrian walkway, picnicking, playground (ADA accessible), sledding.

VAN SAUN COUNTY PARK


216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Continental Ave., River Edge
Amenities: 146-acre park. Athletic fields, Bergen County Zoological Park, Millennium Carousel, fishing, picnicking, playground (ADA accessible), pony rides, sledding, Bergen County Tennis Center, miniature train ride, Washington Spring Garden County Historic Site.

Bergen County Zoological Park


216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652
201-262-3771
Open daily 10am-4:30pm (occasional closings for inclement weather). Admission fee.
An accredited member of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

WOOD DALE COUNTY PARK


Prospect Ave., Hillsdale, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake

Amenities: 11-acre suburban park. Model boating (permit), off-leash dog-park, fishing, pedestrian pathway, picnicking, playground.