West Essex Trail

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The West Essex Trail follows a short distance (just under 3 miles) of the former rail bed of the Caldwell Branch on the old Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The trail runs between the Essex–Passiac county line in Little Falls and Arnold Way in Verona. The trail crosses a trestle over the Peckman River and also passes by a shuttered psychiatric hospital, which housed patients in the late 19th to early 20th century. The property is now a conservation easement.

Parking and Trail Access

The best access to the West Essex Trail is from near Verona High School, 151 Fairview Avenue. Take Route 280 to Exit 7/Pleasant Valley Way and turn right. Turn left onto Bloomfield Avenue then right onto Fairview Avenue. The Trail crosses Fairview at Verona High School.

From New York, take the George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel to the New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 15W for Route 280 West and proceed with the above directions.


A quiet surprise in a busy area

   August, 2016 by jimbeaublues_tl

I rode the trail for the first time on a beautiful weekday summer afternoon and was very pleasantly surprised by the quiet and beauty of the trail. Almost the whole route is under trees so it's a nice shady ride. There are only four street crossings, ...read more

Nice Shady Run

   June, 2016 by msbee78

This was an awesome trail with a nice long mostly straight shady run. Even on a super hot day, I was guarded against the sun by enormous trees. read more

A nice find

   August, 2015 by kristieleepuffen

Walked this morning, half the trail. Very narrow and shaded. Pedestrians and bikers share the trail so please be aware. I would like to see some sidewalks installed in the little falls portion to make access easier. read more