16 Mile Jersey City/Bayonne West Side Waterfront Hike!

 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:
Lattitude:  40°42'39.47"N
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.

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  • Michael H.

    I had a great time! The new sections of the waterfront were more beautiful than I'd imagined they'd be!

    January 21

  • Lynnie P

    I had such a great time hiking jersey city and Bayonne!! For a first urban hike, it was probably a little long for me... As my hips and feet are paying the price today!!! But what a great group of people to hang out with for the day... Great job mike, appreciated all your knowledge and history of the areas... Craig, you as well were so knowledgeable and shared so much great information! Looking forward to hitting the road with you all again sometime!!

    January 19

    • Michael H.

      Sounds good! Glad you liked it! I have something every week, always a good time!

      January 19

  • Eric

    Michael,

    Is there a fees for parking?

    January 17

  • Jenny

    Approximately how many hours will this take? I read "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."

    January 16

    • Michael H.

      Hard to say. My hikes always take all day. I try to plan it so that we're done between 5 and 6 this time of year, but when you get into higher mileage, and there are interesting things to see, it's hard to place an exact time on it.

      January 16

    • Jenny

      Hey Michael, so sorry, I can't join you guys this time. I so wanted to do this too.

      January 17

  • Lynnie P

    Hi.. Weather not looking so good for the weekend...do you still do the hike thru rain/snow? Lynn

    January 16

    • Michael H.

      Yup!

      January 16

    • Michael H.

      I just checked in the weather's looking fine. Only a 30 percent chance of precipitation. Just bring an umbrella in case.

      January 16

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