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The Saddle River County Park Bike Path is a beautiful suburban trail that winds alongside the Saddle River. Most of the trail runs through moderately dense suburban development, with residential and commercial buildings along the length of the trail. Portions of the route are slightly more wooded and secluded. While traveling through the green landscape and along the waterway, you may see geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer.
Due to its proximity to local neighborhoods, cyclists, runners, walkers, in-line skaters, families, dogs, and children commuting to and from school all enjoy the Saddle River County Park trail. Enhancing the journey is the fact that nowhere along the path will you have to cross traffic; instead, the trail has several over- and underpasses for roads, which facilitate a safe and enjoyable trail experience.
Leaving from the northern trailhead in the Wild Duck Pond Area, the pathway begins just past the parking area; follow signs to Glen Rock/Fair Lawn/Dunkerhook—the path is well signed along its entire length. At 0.8 mile, bear left as the path follows Grove Street and then passes under it. At 1.6 miles, the trail crosses over a stream and arrives at a T-intersection—go left, pass a small dam, and cross over the river, following signs to Dunkerhook/Fair Lawn. At the next T-intersection, go left and follow signs for Saddle Brook/Rochelle Park. Continue to follow the river, and at mile 2.3, you will cross over the Saddle River again. Continue following signs to Saddle Brook/Rochelle Park.
Just past mile 4, you will come upon the historical Easton Tower, built in 1899 on the site of a former gristmill. Go right, cross over a bridge, and, at the intersection of Red Mill Road, turn left to travel under the road. Continue to follow the river and signs to Rochelle Park. You will pass several ball fields along the way and a path that leads to parking. The trail circles a pond at mile 5. At that point, bear left and pass under the Garden State Parkway. From here, there will be paths that follow the river on both sides. Remain on the west side of the river, passing more ball fields and grassy open areas until you reach Rochelle Park.
The length of the trail is dotted with several restrooms, drinking fountains, and parking facilities. Additionally, users can access the playgrounds, a water park, and picnic spaces all along the trail route. These amenities make the Saddle River County Park Trail an excellent experience for residents and visitors seeking a shady space for exercise and recreation.
To reach the northern trailhead at the Wild Duck Pond Area (1133 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood), head southeast on Garden State Pkwy., and take Exit 165 for Ridgewood Ave. Turn right onto E. Ridgewood Ave., and follow it 0.7 mile. Turn left to stay on E. Ridgewood Ave. another 0.1 mile. Make a slight left to stay on E. Ridgewood Ave. 0.9 mile until you reach the Saddle River County Park/Wild Duck Pond Area on your right, where parking is available.
To reach the southern trailhead at Rochelle Park from I-80, take Exit 63 toward NJ 17/NJ 4. Head northeast on Riverview Ave., and almost immediately turn left onto Essex St. After 0.3 mile, turn right onto Saddle River Road. In 0.4 mile turn right onto Railroad Ave. After 0.1 mile, turn left and Rochelle Park will be on the left; parking will be 0.1 mile farther inside the park.
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