Best Places to Go Hiking in Rockland and Bergen Counties – NY Metro Parents

Go on an amazing nature adventure with your family at these nearby hiking trails

By Serena Norr

March 10, 2022

Living in Bergen and Rockland Counties, we are so lucky to have access to so many incredible trails and hikes. With the weather getting a little nicer, we are excited to share some nearby places – for both novice and new hikers – to explore in and around the area with your family.  Happy exploring.


Stairway to Heaven: The name alone is pretty impressive and is also known as one of the best hikes to view New Jersey’s Pinwheel’s Vista. This includes a journey –aka via a Stairway to Heaven–through boardwalks, a suspension bridge, hardwood forest, fields of wildflowers, train tracks, a pasture, and boulders before you get to the final majestic view. At approximately 7.3 miles (round trip), the hike is definitely for older kids and their families who can climb a somewhat rugged and rocky terrain. However, there are parts of the hike (flat boardwalks) that make it easier for younger kids for a modified, shorter hike at 2.0 miles. Pochuck Mountain, Vernon Township, NJ 07462.

Flat Rock Brook Nature Association: A 150-acre nature preserve in Englewood, NJ, families will enjoy this educational center where they can also enjoy a moderate hike at 3.6 miles. This includes access to a stream, wetlands, pond, and forested meadows. The grounds also include a playground, access to the Nature Preserve Center, and seven different looped hikes to explore. 443 Van Nostrand Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631

Atkins Glen Park: A shorter hike at 1.7 miles, the hike is located near Park Ridge, New Jersey and features beautiful scenery. The park has been preserved by former owners James Leach and, later, Daniel H. Atkins, and later given to the Boroughs of Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake. Hikers will enjoy both rocky and smooth paths, water banks and streams, and forests. 26 Bear Brook Road, Park Ridge, NJ 07656

Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Located in Bergen County Park, this hike features five loop trails that start with a two-mile radius from the parking lot. A popular hike for families and dogs, hikers will enjoy soaking in the beauty of nature with stunning panoramic views, a reservoir, …….


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