Welcome to the Berkeley Heights Township trail system.
Whether tracing along the Passaic River, or connecting neighborhood streets through wooded tracts, there are multiple trails and pathways for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy. Points of interest include multiple Berkeley Heights parks, the historic Littel-Lord Farmstead and nearby Watchung Reservation. New trails are being constructed to connect existing sections in Passaic River Park, and to provide greater access to the area. The township had a total area of 6.26 square miles, including 6.22 square miles of land and 0.04 square miles of water. Certain portions of Berkeley Heights are located in various flood zones. The township is located partially on the crest of the Second Watchung Mountain and in the Passaic River Valley; the Passaic River forms the township’s northern border. The township is also located partially in the Raritan Valley region, in which the Green Brook forms the township’s eastern border near the Watchung Reservation. Berkeley Heights is located in northwestern Union County.
The map below shows the existing and planned or conceptual future trails in Berkeley Heights, as well as notable landmarks such as our Downtown, parks, Municipal Complex, library and parking. Thanks to a grant from AARP, the Township was able to construct 4 new wooden kiosks at Snyder Park, Lower Columbia, the YMCA and Passaic River Park, which now house beautiful new large-print versions of these maps, as well as smaller, portable versions. The AARP grant is helping us promote walking and pedestrian activity not only among our residents ages 55 and over, but among residents of all ages.
Please take our quick survey to give us your input on our Berkeley Heights trails!
This is the first of many trail user surveys designed to provide feedback on how we can best improve upon and expand our trail network. Your input will help our Trailblazers group gain insight on how our residents are using the trails, and set direction for future trails.
Trail Scorecard Program
The Trails Score Card is our primary medium to collect feedback on Township walkability from resident walkers. The intent us to identify trails that need improvements throughout the year, and to identify user preferences. All input is welcomed. The score cards are always available electronically and on paper at each kiosk. Residents are encouraged to pick one up, score the trails accordingly and drop off the completed scorecard in the tax payments mailbox outside of Town Hall, or to email them to EC@bhtwp.com. We are working on creating a digital scorecard that residents can fill out and submit online. The information will be used to help us guide our future trail/path improvements.
Related Links & Information
- Berkeley Heights Master Plan (Adopted April 2022)
- Union County Nears Final Acquisition of Berkeley Caterers to Preserve as Open Space (press release)
- Union County Parks & Recreation
- Union County Connects - Mobilizes trail supporters and the public to advocate in their own communities for safe walking and biking infrastructure.
- Passaic River Access Maps
- NJ Trails Action - Collaboratively advances opportunities for funding, construction, maintenance, promotion, and the use of trails in New Jersey. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Interested in Volunteering?
Here's a list of current and ongoing trail projects we could use YOUR help with! Whether you're in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts and need service hours, or whether you just want to help improve our trail network, or clean up our walking paths, we can always use help!
If interested, please contact: John Leo of the Environmental Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Passaic Trail Development
- Bridge Development
- Park Tables
- Snyder Park
- Passaic River Park
- Park Benches
- River overlook points
- Arborist Station
- Native Species Station
- Trail Cleanings
- Turnpike Development & Maintenance (see below)
- New Trails
- Adopt-A-Trail Program (volunteer to maintain trails)