Hiking Clubs

Please note, these hiking clubs are not officially run by the County of Union.  For questions regarding each club below, use the contact information provided.

Tri-State Ramblers

hikeFounded in 1938 as the Union County Hiking Club, club members are men and women representing assorted walks of life, who are bound together by a common love of exercise and physical fitness in the great outdoors.

Some have sedentary jobs and hike, bike or canoe for a refreshing change of pace. Many are retired and enjoy these activities during the week when trails are less crowded.  The exciting events offered to the club’s varied membership include outdoor activities all year long.

Several years ago, realizing that their hiking schedule was taking them far beyond the borders of the Watchung Reservation and to trails throughout the region, the club changed its name to reflect their wanderings.  However, their schedule still includes several hikes a year in the Reservation.

Several years ago, realizing that their hiking schedule was taking them far beyond the borders of the Watchung Reservation and to trails throughout the region, the club changed its name to reflect their wanderings. However, their schedule still includes several hikes a year in the Reservation, along with the greenways in the Union County parks system, along with canoeing on the Rahway River.

For more information about the club, go to: https://www.tristateramblers.org/

Watchung Reservation Hikes

SUNDAY, JULY 21 — Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Eck Khoon Goh, 908-790-0939 Meet: 9:30 AM at Trailside Nature Center parking lot on Coles Ave. Hike approximately 4 miles at a moderate pace. Bring plenty of water. NOTE early start.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 — Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Bill Reynolds, 973-361-5527, cell day of hike only, 201-874-8758 Meet: 10 AM at Trailside Nature Center parking lot on Coles Ave. (see TSR directions for Watchung Reservation #1). Moderate pace for 2 to 3 hours. Severe weather cancels. Boots required. Bring water

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 — Seeley’s Pond/Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Lynda Goldschein, 908-757-7058, cell day of hike only, 908-347-5012 Meet: 10 AM at Seeley’s Pond parking lot. Hike about 4.5 miles, 2.5 hours. There are one or two uphill sections, the rest fairly level. Hiking boots and hiking poles highly recommended.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 — Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Arlene Fineman, cell 908-403-6554, arlenefineman@gmail.com Meet: 10 AM at Trailside Nature Center parking lot on Coles Ave. We will hike 4 to 5 miles on leader’s choice of trails, approx. 2.5 hours. Easy to moderate terrain. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Hiking boots required, poles suggested. Steady rain cancels the hike.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 — Seeley’s Pond/Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Lynda Goldschein, 908-757-7058, cell day of hike only, 908-347-5012 Meet: 10 AM at Seeley’s Pond parking lot. Hike about 4.5 miles, 2.5 hours. There are one or two uphill sections, the rest fairly level. Hiking boots and hiking poles highly recommended.

East Coast Greenway/Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail Hikes

MONDAY, AUGUST 19 — Echo Lake, Mountainside, NJ Leader: Debby Bronner, 201-563-1648, debbybronner@gmail.com Meet: 10 AM at parking lot across from the boathouse. We will walk a little over 3 miles mostly on paved walkways. Directions from Rt. 22 East: take Mountain Ave. exit (first exit after Mountainside Rescue Squad) then immediate left. Turn right onto Park Dr. Directions from Rt. 22 West: take the third U-turn after Vette 2, then follow directions for Rt. 22 above. Bring water

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 — Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ Leader: Marcia Dube, Cell day of hike only, 908-451-6078, dube701@yahoo.com Meet: 10 AM at parking lot on Kenilworth Blvd., near corner with Springfield Ave., across street from Nomahegan Ct. 3+ mile walk on paved trails. Bring water. Portable toilet on site. Directions: Take EITHER the Garden State Parkway to Exit 138, then turn left onto Galloping Hill Rd., which changes name to Kenilworth Blvd. OR take Route 22 to Springfield Ave. toward Cranford, staying straight onto Kennilworth Blvd. when Springfield Ave. turns right.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 — Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ Leader: Marcia Dube, cell day of hike only 908-451-6078, dube701@yahoo.com Meet: 10 AM at parking lot on Kenilworth Blvd. near corner with Springfield Ave, across street from Nomahegan Ct. 3+ mile walk on paved trails. Bring water. Portable toilet on site. Directions: Take EITHER the Garden State Parkway to Exit 138, then turn left onto Galloping Hill Road, which changes name to Kenilworth Blvd. OR take Route 22 to Springfield Ave. toward Cranford, staying straight onto Kenilworth Blvd when Springfield Ave. turns right.

Canoeing on the Rahway River

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 — Rahway River, Cranford Co-Leaders: Carol Czajkowski and Martin Frahme, 973-539-4084, Cell Friday only 973-580-9859 Meet: 10 AM at Hampton Park, 100 Hampton St., Cranford, NJ 07016. At the corner of Eastman and Hampton Streets. GPS (40.6591, -74.3101) The Rahway is the “Venice of Union County.” Easy brown water, we will paddle upstream and downstream some, no shuttle. See lovely homes, manicured lawns, river fronts, and a bit of woods, where the leader learned to paddle 65 years ago. Bring lunch and water. Rentals may be available — TBD. Directions: From Garden State Pky, Exit 137: Take Rt. 28 (N Ave. E) ~1 mi. westward toward Cranford center to Eastman St. Turn right and go 3 blocks to Hampton St., turn right and park along the street. See Canoeing General Instructions. You must call and register with the leaders two days before the event. A personal flotation device must be worn.

New York-New Jersey Trails Conference

hikingSince 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 2,000 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region.

The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails.

The Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs that have a combined membership of over 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.

Freewalkers

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FreeWalkers, Inc. is a New Jersey non-profit 501(c)3 organization of over 2,000 members that offers community walking events, information, and social networking for the purpose of educating the public on the benefits of walking.

Each year the FreeWalkers hold the “The Big Walk”, a 1-day 50-mile walk through many and Union County Parks along the East Coast Greenway. The FreeWalkers also walk the historic route of the Battle of Short Hills in October and organize Stroll & Roll, an annual family walking event and celebration of healthy family lifestyles in Echo Lake Park. Visit freewalkers.org for more information.

The FreeWalkers organize walking events, walking information and social networking in the region.  Among their events in Union County is the annual 50-mile East Coast Greenway hike that passes through many of the County’s major parks.

 The Freewalkers will also be returning in October for their second Battle of the Short Hills Historic Trail Hike.  To see some of their experiences from their 2014 hike, click here.

Appalachian Mountain Club

logoThe New York-North Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (also known as the AMC) hosts over 2,000 outdoor recreation activities per year. They were the very first Chapter in AMC, with its 12,000 plus members from throughout the New York City metro, southeastern New York, and northeastern New Jersey area.

The AMC sponsors hikes in  the Watchung Reservation. No dates are available at this time.

The NY-NJ Chapter offers its members more than 20 outdoor events on most weekends, many for beginners. Newcomers are welcome to join in the chapters activities and to help conserve and preserve “those outdoor resources that we all enjoy. The Chapter celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012, and was the first Chapter to be formed in AMC. For more information, click here.