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Bergen County Parks

 
201-336-PARK (7275) 
Parks Department Website

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.