Outdoor Hikes and Places to Explore near Montclair

By Jessica Kline, Publisher + Editor Macaroni Kid Clifton-Montclair May 27, 2020

There is nothing like a walk outdoors to explore! Check out a list of trails and outdoor places to explore in Essex and Passaic Counties and beyond.

Please note that I haven't been to all of these places yet. I advise looking online to make sure these places are open as they are sometimes temporarily closed for upkeep.

Hiking Trails and Beautiful Outdoor Places to Explore
  • Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center
  • Watsessing Park
  • Grover Cleveland Park
Cedar Grove
  • Cedar Grove Park
  • Hilltop Reservation
  • Mills Reservation
Little Falls
  • West Essex Trail
  • Alfonzo F. Bonsal Wildlife Preserve
  • Anderson Park
  • Avis Campbells Gardens
  • Brookdale Park
  • Glenfield Park
  • Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
  • Van Vleck Gardens
  • Yantacaw Brook Park
  • Kingsland Park and Falls
  • Memorial Park (the Mud Hole with the fountain)
  • Yanticaw Park
  • Great Falls
  • Lambert Castle
  • Essex County Environmental Center
  • Eagle Rock, Montclair
  • Kips Castle Park
  • Lenape Trail Loop
  • Verona Park

Additional Places outside of Passaic and Essex County
  • Hemlock Falls, South Orange
  • Holland Ridge Farms, Central NJ
  • Laurelwood Arboretum, Wayne
  • Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morris County
  • Peony’s Envy, Bernardsville
  • Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah
  • Rifle Camp Park, Clifton and Woodland Park
  • Saddle River County Park, Bergen County
  • Stairway to Heaven on Appalachian Trail, near Glenwood
  • Van Saun County Park, Bergen County
Fairy Trails
  • Grove Park, Verona
  • South Mountain Fairy Trail, Millburn (the parking lot is directly across the street from Millburn Library)
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