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Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck

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East Bank of Hackensack River from Bogtoa to N. Milford off of River road, Teaneck, NJ
Phone: (201) 836-3644
www.teaneckgreenway.org

OWNER:  Township of Teaneck

DIRECTIONS:  Exit Parking garage. At stop sign at top of ramp turn Right, following the road around the mall. Turn Right at the first stop sign and turn Left at the second stop sign. Turn Left onto Hackensack Avenue at the traffic light, following signs for Route 4 East. Immediately after crossing a small bridge, turn Right onto the Route 4 East on ramp and merge onto the highway. After 4/10 of a mile take River Road/Teaneck/Bogota/New Milford exit on Right. Follow signs for River Road at bottom of ramp. Turn Left at traffic light onto River Road. Pass through one traffic light and turn Left after 1/2 mile onto Grenville Avenue (Andreas Park). Grenville is between the “The Hackensack River Greenway” sign and the second light traffic light. Proceed to the bottom of the driveway to park.   Map
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TIDAL CURRENT:  Tidal/Moderate

ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily dawn to dusk. Parking along this route is limited. Be sure to obey parking regulations and signage. New Jersey fishing license required to fish the Hackensack River and its tributaries NORTH of the Anderson St./Cedar Lane Bridge that runs between Hackensack and Teaneck. Trail maps are stocked in self-serve boxes at several entry points along River Road.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  NJ Transit Bus Line No. 178 Hackensack/New York (GWB) stops at West Englewood Avenue and River Road. Walk south 1 block to Grenville Avenue at Andreas Park. Walking distance less than 1 mile. There are many bus stops along the greenway. Check NJ Transit website (www.njtransit.com) for other stops using the list of entrances provided in special features.

A CLOSER LOOK:  Snapping turtles lay their eggs on the hill across from the tennis courts. Observing from a distance is always the best course of action, as they can be quite aggressive. Along the trail, take note of the variety of trees that dot the landscape, including American beech, cottonwood, American elm, hackberry, river birch, black walnut and sycamore.

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SITE DESCRIPTION:  The Hackensack River Greenway through Teaneck offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Throughout its 3.5 miles of trails you will encounter wetlands as well as lowland and upland woods. The wildlife viewing opportunities run the gamut from birds to mammals to reptiles to fish. It is both a formal and informal trail system running along the eastern bank of the Hackensack River with its northern terminus coinciding with Historic New Bridge Landing, an important Revolutionary War site.

DON'T MISS:  Don’t miss Indian Pond for wading birds, waterfowl and shorebirds. A trail begins on the other side of the tennis courts from the parking lot at Andreas Park (Grenville Avenue entrance) and provides access around the pond. The beauty of this spot is enhanced by its proximity to the Hackensack River.

THROUGH THE SEASONS:  
Winter:  Look for wintering waterfowl on the pond and the Hackensack River. Common and Hooded Mergansers, Mallard, American Black and Ruddy Ducks can be expected. Make sure you scan the skies as Bald Eagles have been spotted flying over the Hackensack River.
Spring:  Because of the Greenway’s habitat diversity, migratory birds have their choice of wetland, lowland or upland habitats. Yellow-rumped and Black-and-white Warblers are common visitors, while Tree, Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows return to nest in the area. If you are quiet and observant, you may be able to track down the nest of a Red-tailed Hawk or Black-crowned Night-Heron.
Summer:  Indian Pond and the Hackensack River provide the perfect habitat for wading birds, waterfowl and shorebirds. Great Blue Heron, Snowy and Great Egrets, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Double-crested Cormorant all take full advantage of the surrounding waters. Late August is especially good for wading and shorebirds getting ready for migration.
Fall:  Be on the lookout for migrating songbirds and raptors. As the season progresses, waterfowl will be returning to spend the winter, or just passing through as they travel further south.


SPECIAL FEATURES:  The northernmost boundary of the Greenway is Brett Park; the southernmost is Terhune Park. You can enter the Greenway from either of these parks or from access points at Hillcrest Street, Oritani Place, Ravine at Camperdown Street and the Grenville Avenue entrance (Andreas Park), all of which are off of River Road. Visit the Greenway’s website for more detailed instructions. Andreas Park has a boat launch. To the left of the tennis courts, there is a break in the woods; look down toward the embankment for a concrete block. The Hackensack River is tidal dependent, so the best time to launch is on the rising tide. Fishing off the banks of the Hackensack River can be productive. Look for carp, striped bass and sunfish varieties. The area is rich in history; make sure you visit Historic New Bridge Landing, at the northernmost terminus, where George Washington and the Continental Army made a hasty retreat in November of 1776 after the disastrous battle of Brooklyn Heights. The Zabriskie-Von Steuben House, listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, is maintained by the NJ Division of Parks and Forestry. Museum collections from the period are available for viewing; however they are not open every day. For hours call 201-487-1739.

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