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PRE THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER WALK AT THE SADDLE RIVER CNTY PARK Wild Duck Pond
Come enjoy a little Zen before the holiday frenzy begins! Warm up with an easy walk at one of Bergen Countys' best parks for walks and biking. Burn some calories before indulging! This will be about a 1 1/2 hour walk, covering approx. 3-4 miles at a moderate pace on a paved, level path, that follows along the Saddle River where we were once lucky enough, to spot a red fox! There is plenty of wildlife around if you take the time to look. We will first pass by the dog runs to enjoy our furry 4 legged friends and then pick up the trail nearer the exit to the park, cross over a bridge and turn left at the "T" to see the waterfall in the bend, possibly stop at the Bamboo forest and then retrace our steps back to the parking lot. ALWAYS KEEP TO THE RIGHT ON THESE SHARED PATHS TO ALLOW BICYCLISTS, SKATERS, ETC TO PASS SAFELY! MEET AT THE BENCH BY THE FLAG POLE, IN FRONT OF THE CAMP SUNSHINE SNOWFLAKE BLDG. All you need are sneakers or good walking/hiking shoes or boots, depending upon the weather and trail conditions and don't forget your water. Dress in layers for the changing weather and don't forget those cameras! Not for singles only. DIRECTIONS: FROM ROCKLAND TAKE 17 SOUTH AND TAKE THE PARAMUS RD EXIT AND HEAD TOWARD RIDGEWOOD. TURN RT ON E. RIDGEWOOD AVE AND THE PARK ENTRANCE WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT IN A SHORT DISTANCE. Inclement weather cancels, always check the day of an event for possible changes.

Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond Park

1133 E Ridgewood Ave · Ridgewood, NJ

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"Don't do mornings", come join us! Meet new friends to share afternoon 1-4 hour, easy to moderate with some more challenging nature walks and hikes plus other arts and entertainment activities. Don't forget to check the day of an event for any changes. Please give yourself plenty of time to find us, since we only wait an extra 10-15 minutes before starting an event to be fair to everyone. We will occasionally post a "Dog Friendly" event, which is the ONLY TIME when friendly, well behaved dogs will be welcome but they must be on a leash and under strict control of the owner. Owners should find out and respect the rules of the park, provide water, for their dog and follow requests made by the organizers.

A $20.00 yrly. donation to defray the $180.00 yrly. meetup advertising fee and other costs involved in running the group would be appreciated and can be made when you attend an event. Your guests can pay a $2 donation on their second outing with us and for any additional outings. Additional donations always welcome.

If you have been a member for several months and attended numerous level hikes, or and have led hikes for other groups please let me know if you would be interested in hosting some events as an organizer. Suggestions are welcome. We have many more bridges to cross and paths to explore so come share the journey!

As with all of our events, you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your guests. Hiking can be dangerous and injuries can occur, sometimes fatal. Trail blazes can sometimes be missing so there is always the possibility of getting off trail and possibly lost. Knowing this you agree to hike at your own risk and we cannot be held responsible for any injuries you or your guests may incur. Into the woods we go!!

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