events

Here is a list of our past and upcoming events:

Coat Drive!

If you are attending Fall Fest @ Wawayanda State Park on 11/9/19, I will be collecting new or gently used winter coats for Chancellor Avenue Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey. Your hike fee will be waived with the donation of a coat. Coats can be for males and females of any age. If you are not attending, but still wish to donate, please let me know via Meetup.com, Facebook or email. Any future hike fee will be waived as a thank you for you donation.

November Schedule

11-2-19–The Giant Stairs, Alpine, N.J., 9:45am ($3.00)
11-3-19–Black River and Cooper Gristmill, Chester, N.J., 9:45am ($3.00)
11-9-19–Fall Fest @ Wawayanda & Penning’s, Vernon, N.J., Warwick, N.Y., 10:30am ($4.00)
11-16-19-Cheesequake State Park, Matawan, N.J., 10am ($3.00)
11-17-19-Hacklebarney, Chester, N.J., 10:30am ($4.00)
11-23-19-Rifle Camp Park, Woodland Park, N.J., 10am ($3.00)
11-24-19-Van Saun County Park & Zoo, Paramus, N.J., 10:15am (no fee, just park admission)
11-30-19-Mount Tammany, Deleware Water Gap, N.J., 8:30am ($5.00)

PLEASE RSVP VIA MEETUP.COM

Halloween Hike to Deserted Feltville and Willcocks-Badgley Cemetery!

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019, 9:45 AM

33 Hiking Buddies Attending

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Haunted Halloween Hike @ Wildcat Ridge, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Bat Cave

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019, 2:00 PM

25 Hiking Buddies Attending

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SEPTEMBER 2019 HIKES

Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary w/L.L. Bean and Take A Hike! N.J.

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019, 11:00 AM

25 Hiking Buddies Went

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Hump Day Hike: Rifle Camp Park w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019, 6:45 PM

13 Hiking Buddies Went

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AT/Stairway to Heaven/Pinwheel Vista hike & lunch @ Penning’s Farm Market!

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019, 8:00 AM

14 Hiking Buddies Went

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Hump Day Hike: Mill Creek Marsh

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

21 Hiking Buddies Went

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Take A Hike! N.J.

Little Falls, NJ
1,032 Hiking Buddies

Take A Hike! N.J. began in the winter of 2018. We hold weekly hikes all around New Jersey for weekend hikers. Hikes are on weekends during the Winter, with weeknight hikes in …

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Take A Hike! N.J.

Little Falls, NJ
1,032 Hiking Buddies

Take A Hike! N.J. began in the winter of 2018. We hold weekly hikes all around New Jersey for weekend hikers. Hikes are on weekends during the Winter, with weeknight hikes in …

Check out this Meetup Group →

September 11th Memorial Hike w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019, 6:45 PM

23 Hiking Buddies Went

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The Harriman Hike w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Sunday, Sep 8, 2019, 10:45 AM

15 Hiking Buddies Went

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Silas Condict County Park with Take A Hike! N.J.

Saturday, Sep 7, 2019, 10:00 AM

26 Hiking Buddies Went

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Hump Day Hike: Mills Reservation w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019, 6:45 PM

14 Hiking Buddies Went

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Ramapo State Forest w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Sunday, Sep 1, 2019, 10:00 AM

37 Hiking Buddies Went

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AUGUST 2019 HIKES

Hump Day Hike: DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst with Take A Hike! N.J.

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019, 7:00 PM

21 Hiking Buddies Went

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Long Pond Ironworks w/Take A Hike! N.J.

Sunday, Aug 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

23 Hiking Buddies Went

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Take A Hike! N.J.

Little Falls, NJ
1,032 Hiking Buddies

Take A Hike! N.J. began in the winter of 2018. We hold weekly hikes all around New Jersey for weekend hikers. Hikes are on weekends during the Winter, with weeknight hikes in …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Jungle Habitat Hike with L.L. Bean & Take A Hike! N.J.

Saturday, Aug 24, 2019, 10:00 AM

36 Hiking Buddies Went

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Take A Hike! N.J.

Little Falls, NJ
1,032 Hiking Buddies

Take A Hike! N.J. began in the winter of 2018. We hold weekly hikes all around New Jersey for weekend hikers. Hikes are on weekends during the Winter, with weeknight hikes in …

Check out this Meetup Group →

Peanut Leap Cascade Hike on 7/14/19

Let’s meet late Sunday afternoon for a hike to Peanut Leap Cascade within Palisades Interstate Park.

Hike is approximately 2.5 miles. I’m blocking out 3 hours to account for breaks and photography. There are some steep ascents/descents. I’ve done this hike a few times. Peanut Leap Cascade is very pretty, and a place where we can take a break for photography opportunities with lovely views of the Hudson River and New York City.

I rate this as intermediate level. Please RSVP on the Meetup link below.

We’ll meet at the parking lot by the State Line Lookout Cafe, and begin our trek.

Hope to see you on the trails!
-Matthew

Peanut Leap Cascade hike

Sunday, Jul 14, 2019, 3:30 PM

11 Hiking Buddies Went

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Stone Living Room Hike on 7/6/19

This hike is the stuff of urban legend! Why? How about a living room made of stone atop a vista, that nobody knows how it got there or who did it.

I first read about ‘The Stone Living Room’ in my college days in an issue of Weird NJ Magazine. The photo above speaks for itself, far better than any description I could write down in words.

Not sure what type of turnout we will get, since it’s 4th of July weekend, but I’m excited for this hike, which is about 2 miles from start to finish.

I’m going to put this under INTERMEDIATE Level, due to some rock scrambles and elevation gains.

Any questions, let me know beforehand.

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The Stone Living Room Hike at Norvin Green State Park

Saturday, Jul 6, 2019, 11:00 AM

20 Hiking Buddies Went

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Hope to see you on the trails,
Matthew

Singles Hike at Apshawa Preserve-6/29/19

Calling all SINGLE HIKING BUDDIES. We are doing our first singles hike at Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey. We’ll do about a 4-5 mile hike, followed by a late lunch at a local bar/grill in the West Milford area (location TBD).

Anyone that’s been on one of my hikes knows that it’s a fun, social day of hiking and talking, and this hike is for single guys and gals. There are several beautiful waterfalls, including the one in the photo above. Great photography opportunities here for sure. We’ll take breaks for hydrating/snacks and photography. Last time we went, we stopped at the waterfall in the photo above for a good 30-40 minutes, taking in its beauty.

As soon as I decide on a bar/grill, I’ll update the listing.

4-5 miles
Moderate difficulty
Loop type trail

Hope to see you on the trails!
-Happy Hiking,
Matthew August

Tulip Falls and Hemlock Falls Hike-6/16/19

We’ll visit Tulip Falls and Hemlock Falls at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey. This hike will be led by my friend and South Mountain Conservancy Guide Lou Nocito. I hope you can make it. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. I was just notified of this on 5/22.

The focal point of the hike at South Mountain is Hemlock Falls. As you can see from the photo above, it has a beautiful waterfall that I cannot wait to see.

I will be getting lunch immediately following the hike at McLoone’s Boathouse, which overlooks the park and lake at South Mountain, right next to Turtleback Zoo. You are all welcome to join.

There will also be a raffle for a Leki Waist Pack for walking/hiking. Tickets cost just $1.00.

Parking: Arrive early. Parking is very limited.

Trail Type: Loop
Difficulty: Beginner
Distance: 3.5 Miles

Historic Jockey Hollow Hike-6/1/19

Let’s meet at a historic hike site, Jockey Hollow in Morristown, New Jersey.

I’d like to hike the 3-mile Blue Trail. Lots of history at this park, including replica log cabins that George Washington’s men stayed. The area served as quarters for the Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during the winter of 1779-1780.

It’s a relatively easy hike per all of the descriptions I’ve read. It will be my first time at this location. I blocked out 3 hours, but we may finish sooner than that.

Directions:
Rt 287 N to exit 30B (Bernardsville), then follow the brown and white park signs to “Jockey Hollow”.

This hike starts from the interior trail parking lot at the intersection of Grand Parade Road and Jockey Hollow Road.

Speaking @ L.L. Bean-5/31/19

I’ll be speaking this coming Friday night, May 31st, at the L.L. Bean store at Paramus Park Mall at 6:30 p.m.

My talk will include Take A Hike! N.J., nature and the outdoors and all things hiking related.

Come early, as there will be other speakers, giveaways and coupons available.

Hope to see you there!
-Matthew

Historic Fort Lee Park Hike-5/26/19

Let’s visit Fort Lee Historic Park as part of our ongoing Hump Day Hike series.

Fort Lee Historic Park is a 33-acre cliff-top park area with scenic overlooks, a reconstructed Revolutionary War encampment, and a Visitor Center. The entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park is on Hudson Terrace immediately south of the George Washington Bridge.

Metered parking: Mon. – Fri. $1/hr. for the first 3 hrs., then $2/hr. No dogs are permitted per the park website. For more information, visit the following site: https://www.njpalisades.org/fortlee.html

This is an easy walk, not much of a hike, but the views are great, especially of the Hudson River and New York City. Bring your cameras!

Hope to see you on Wednesday night!
-Matthew

State Line Lookout hike-5/22/19

Let’s meet at State Line Lookout, which is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, on 5/22/19 at 6pm. We will hike to the Women’s Federation Monument, see an abandoned swimming pool, and make our way back before it gets too dark out.

I have done this hike several times before, and consider it a fairly easy hike. The castle is a really cool viewpoint, and a great opportunity for photography. You can climb to close to the top of the mini-castle.

Round-trip it is less than 2 miles, and shouldn’t take more than an hour/hour and 20 minutes roughly. There are also some good views of the Hudson River from along the trail, which goes along the cliffs of the Palisades. We’ll also have a good chance to see birds of prey from the start of the hike.

  • Location: State Line Lookout off of the Palisades Parkway, Alpine, NJ
  • Date & Time: May 22, 2019 at 6 p.m.
  • Length of Hike: 2.0 Miles
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy/Beginner
  • Waivers required before start of hike

Hope to see you there,
Matthew

Campgaw Mountain County Reservation Hike-5/4/19

Let’s meet at Campgaw Mountain County Reservation for a trek upon the Old Cedar Trail, which is a 2.7 mile loop. From everything I’ve read, this is an easy-rated hike, so it’s great for beginners and newbies. There is a view of the ski slope, as well as Bergen County from the East. Dogs are welcome here!

The weather for the weekend isn’t going to be great, as it will be in the low 60’s and cloudy, but there’s only a 10% chance of rain. I blocked out 3 hours, but this hike will likely take less than that.

  • Location: Campgaw Mountain County Reservation/76 Bramshill Drive, Mahwah, NJ
  • Date & Time: May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m.
  • Length of Hike: 2.7 Miles
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy/Beginner
  • Waivers required before start of hike

Hope to see you on the trails! -Matthew

Hacklebarney State Park Hike-4/27/19

Let’s meet this coming Saturday, 4/27, at Hacklebarney State Park in Long Valley, New Jersey.

Hacklebarney is a favorite of a friend of mine, and the weather is supposed to be sunny and 65°

The duration of the trail is listed as approximately 3.7 miles, and we should be able to complete it in roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes. It’s categorized as an easy/beginner hike.

There are streams, brooks and a waterfall, so it will be a great opportunity to take photographs!

At the conclusion of the hike, I’ll be grabbing lunch at a local eatery if anyone wants to join me.

I hope to see you Saturday!

Warm Regards,
Matthew

Waivers Required



POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN-Ramapo State Forest Hike-4/20/19

Good Morning,
As you can see, it’s been raining all night and into this morning. Unfortunately, I’ll have to reschedule this hike for another day.

Enjoy your Saturday. Stay dry! See you on the trails soon.

Warm Regards,
Matthew


Teaneck Creek Conservancy Spring Clean-Up on 4-7-19


Grab the kids! Grab some gloves! Join us to help TCC remove trash as we get ready for Spring!

This project is part of the Disney Family Volunteering Reward Program. The more families that volunteer with TCC, the more opportunity for TCC to receive Disney Park passes to give away to our membership! Please note, you will need to create a login with allforgood/Points of Light so that we can know if you’re coming! https://www.allforgood.org/projects/98nKw1J3

Registration/Waivers required.

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve

So, I had to run a quick errand this afternoon and found myself relatively close to Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. I had some time to kill, so I figured why not check out the local nature preserve.

The preserve sits on 120 acres of land. It’s described on some websites as a hike, but it’s more of a nature walk. There are a few inclines, and rocky and muddy areas on the trail, but otherwise you are on flat ground for the most part. Smack dab in the middle of the preserve is a reservoir. It was a sunny day out, and I enjoyed my 1.7 mile trek along the waterline for most of the way.

Some descriptions stated that it was a good spot for bird watching, but I didn’t hear or see anything out of the norm. Didn’t see any squirrels, but when I returned to my truck I did see a chipmunk in the parking lot. He/she scampered off before I could snap a photo.

Overall, I enjoyed the preserve, except for seeing cars and houses, and some construction that as going on adjacent to the area. You can’t have everything when you are in the middle of suburbia and McMansions of Bergen County, New Jersey I suppose. It was still good to get outside today and soak up some vitamin D, especially since Friday and Saturday are going to be cold and rainy.

Here’s a link to the photos I took: https://photos.app.goo.gl/n8Ls1FrosjKVUUKSA