Only a 15-minute drive from Wayne, New Jersey, this 1260-acre park preserve is located in the Preakness Range, a continuation of the Second Watchung Ridge. You can take a hike up High Mountain to get a beautiful view of New York City, or explore the 11.5 miles of trails (Here is a link to the trail map). The sloping trails are perfect for experienced hikers.
7 miles north of downtown Wayne is the Laurelwood Arboretum. There are plenty of things to see in its lush 30 acres. Take a walk through the woodland trails and stop at the two ponds to do a little birdwatching. Keep an eye out for rhododendrons, azaleas, and other exotic plant life. But don’t forget to stop in the Knippenberg Center and the Educational Greenhouse for some experimenting with horticulture. The park is maintained through a partnership with the Township of Wayne and the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, Inc. non-profit.
- Educational Programs
- Hands-On Horticulture
- Plant Identification
Less than 10 miles northeast of Wayne is the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve. This 147-acre preserve was opened to the public in 2011 and contains three bodies of water—a lagoon, an upper lake, and a lower pond. The biggest of the three bodies, the upper lake, is 75 acres in size. As for hiking, there are two primary trails. The 1.5-mile Shoreline Loop Trail circles the Upper Lake and Lagoon, offering great views of the beautiful water. The other trails link to the trail system at the Wayne Mountain Park Preserve. For more information, click here.
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