Eagle Rock Reservation

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Bike trails, walking trails, bridle trails . . . you name it, Eagle Rock Reservation has it! Situated on 408 acres and bordering West Orange, Verona, and Montclair, Eagle Rock Reservation boasts an extensive trail system.

The Olmsted brothers, who also designed Central Park in Manhattan, designed Eagle Rock Reservation in the late 1800′s. After the land was first purchased in 1895 and Frederick Law Olmsted created a preliminary design for Eagle Rock Reservation, the reservation was further developed in the early 1900′s by the Olmsted Firm. Eagle Rock Reservation got it’s name “when bald eagles were said to nest in the rocky cliffs on the eastern edge.”

What is now the Highlawn Pavilion restaurant was, at one time, an old casino built on the reservation in 1911. Back then, a “casino” referred to an Italian-style summer house. Lookout Point offers an amazing view of the New York skyline.

The popularity of Eagle Rock Reservation as a picnicking spot in the late 1800′s led to the trolley line being put in place at the foot of Eagle Rock Avenue.  Those who took the trolley to the foot of Eagle Rock had to climb the last 100 feet or so up a path constructed on the side of the cliff if they wanted to enjoy the spectacular views offered at the top.

In 2004, the Eagle Rock Conservancy was formed.  Their goal is to maintain, protect, and restore the Eagle Rock Reservation via maintenance to the trail, fundraising, and raising awareness.

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