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 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

add xc skiing to trail use

   April, 2014 by ivanheld

I skied about 8 times this (long) winter and loved this trail. Now revisiting on a fat tired bike and loving it in spring too... read more

100 degree temperature day; cool ride

   July, 2012 by rpp88

My wife and I just rode roundtrip through this trail, and found it quite cool and relaxing during a 100 degree day. Be careful of some rough patches in the trail, and we parked on Fairview Avenue near Verona HS... no problem. Almost entire ride was away ...read more