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Lenape Trail Guide Is Your Key to Exploring Essex County
The Official Guide to the Lenape Trail is your key to exploring the Lenape Trail and the parks through which it traverses.
New Jersey's 36-mile Lenape Trail brings visitors to Essex County’s great outdoor destinations by connecting 18 parks and 11 communities. Since 2017, generous support from the Partners for Health Foundation has enabled the Trail Conference to focus on the Lenape Trail and make this unique urban-suburban trail a destination for residents to explore the wide range of healthy outdoor activities found right in their own backyards. In partnership with the Essex County Park System, the last several years have seen trail reroutes, signage installation, and public workshops that resulted in improved trail visibility, enhanced volunteer recruitment, and new partner connections all along the trail. We have also renewed the local volunteer committee, led by Supervisor David DeShazer, and host regular crew trips to improve the trail. Now, we are pleased to offer Lenape Trail visitors an in-depth guide to the trail and its abundance of recreational opportunities.
The Official Guide to the Lenape Trail is your key to exploring the Lenape Trail and the parks through which it traverses. It includes detailed maps and descriptions of points of interest along the trail, making it valuable for hikers and historians alike. Created as a PDF, you can view the full guide (or just the sections that interest you) by clicking the “Lenape Trail Guide and Maps” button at LenapeTrail.org. For those who want to own a hard copy, the 42-page free PDF can be printed and bound at home or your local copy and print center. In addition, you can download a digital Lenape Trail map through the Avenza Maps app on your mobile device. You can also view an interactive map online, which is perfect for trip-planning. Information on the app and interactive map can also be found through LenapeTrail.org.
Lenape Trail Field Manager Debra Kagan orchestrated the creation of this digital guide with expert input from local museums, historical societies, and nature centers in the hope it will enrich the trail experience of county residents and attract new hikers, walkers, and volunteers. It is an essential tool for both promotion and consistent, stable management of the volunteer-maintained Lenape Trail.
We thank the Partners for Health Foundation for their support and for allowing the Trail Conference to continue growing and improving this important trail. Interested in volunteering? Email [email protected].