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.
Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).
Looking out at the southern marshland.
One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.
A very festive looking seat.
Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.
The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).
One of the thinner paths.
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 bridge had bannisters.
A great big Weeping Willow.
Cloudy water reveals fish.
Very cloudy water.
A lovely lunch area.
The tree wanted to make a bridge.
The north entrance – filled with lots of historical tidbits.
Historical info outside the entrance.
Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.
This tree has formed a bridge over a very dry creek bed.
Look! Dogs are allowed in the conservancy – it’s a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.
The sun shines off the creek bed.
A picnic area.
One of the few paths out in the open.
The sun shines on a bridge.
Vines envelop the tree.
Someone wants to stand out.
Nature begins to claim the bridge.
Very intense sunlight.
Out of the sunlight and into the shade.
I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.
Next week: The various artwork found at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.