Teaneck Creek Conservancy in the Palisades

In the town of Teaneck, NJ lies a nice level hike inside the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. The trails are mostly well maintained (some are very thin, but most are wide and there are a lot of wooden planked ones). There is still a lot of cleanup being done on the conservancy due to vandalism and dumping. They accept donations here. There is a lot of local artwork in the park, as well as educational tools including a breakdown of the types of plants and animals found there. There are several entrances to the trails and it is super easy to access by public transit from NYC. It is a very shady trail which is excellent on hot sunny days like the one we went on. While this site says the trail is 1.2 miles, if you do all of the trails it is closer to 5 miles.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Looking out at the southern marshland.

Looking out at the southern marshland.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

A very festive looking seat.

A very festive looking seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

One of the thinner paths.

One of the thinner paths.

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This bridge had bannisters.

This bridge had bannisters.

A great big Weeping Willow.

A great big Weeping Willow.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Very cloudy water.

Very cloudy water.

A lovely lunch area.

A lovely lunch area.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The north entrance - filled with lots of historical tidbits.

The north entrance – filled with lots of historical tidbits.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

This tree has formed a bridge.

This tree has formed a bridge over a very dry creek bed.

Sadly no dogs are allowed in the conservancy - although it's a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

Look! Dogs are allowed in the conservancy – it’s a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

A picnic area.

A picnic area.

One of the few paths out in the open.

One of the few paths out in the open.

The sun shines on a bridge.

The sun shines on a bridge.

Vines envelop the tree.

Vines envelop the tree.

Someone wants to stand out.

Someone wants to stand out.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Very intense sunlight.

Very intense sunlight.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

Next week: The various artwork found at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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