This hike will trace as closely as possible the ease side of the mighty Hackensack between Jersey City and Bayonne. Some of the parks are in segments, but participants will be surprised at how much very nice waterfront we can actually walk on manicured paved and crushed stone paths as well as lovely boardwalks.
Distance will be about 16 miles.
We will be meeting at 8:30 am at the Hudson Bergen Light Rail station at Liberty State Park located on the corner of Communipaw Ave and Johnston Ave at the following GPS coordintates:
Longitude: 74° 3'22.81"W
No car shuttling will be necessary because we will utilize the train for our return.
We will continue from here, following some of the JC route of the Liberty-Water Gap Trail across Jersey City to Lincoln Park. Once at Lincoln Park, we'll take to some of the other paved paths and explore the waterfront. We will have to cross Truck Rts 1 and 9, pass some retail stores, and then get back out onto the waterfront, which follows paved or crushed stone paths, as well as outstanding boardwalks. Hikers will be amazing at just how much of the Hackensack River/Newark Bay waterfront is walkable!
Despite heavy development, great urban hiking is possible along this section. We'll be walking directly along Rt 440 for a time, but it's well worth it for the incredible sections we'll hike in Richard A. Rutkowski Park, Bayonne Park, Veterans Park, City Park, and Mayor Dennis P. Collins Park.
We will also never be too far from food, so we will probably stop for some at some point along the way.
After reaching the waterfront at the south end of Bayonne, we'll walk a few blocks to the north to reach the light rail station and catch a ride back to our staring point. It only costs a couple of dollars to get back.
When we return, we have the option of continuing walking back into town for food, and/or heading to the Liberty SP waterfront for views of Manhattan at night.