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Take Your ‘First Day Hike’ This Month at These Nearby Trails


Every year, state parks throughout the United States encourage people to start their year off right by going on a ‘First Day Hike,’ where they can both get some fresh air and also see the beautiful nature right outside their doors. Last year, nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year this way, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country!

If you spent your New Years Day like many of us, though – hanging out on your Beacon couch! – you can still get a First Day Hike in your own way by going on a hike this month. Strap up your sneakers and check out these trails in the Jersey City area!

Liberty State Park, located at 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a 1,200-acre park which offers unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

Park attractions include cruises to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, an Interpretive Center, a two-mile promenade, the Liberty Walk, as well as the Empty Sky 9/11 memorial.

Lincoln Park, located at West Side Ave, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is the oldest and largest of the Hudson County’s parks. It offers two distinct sections – Lincoln Park East, 150.4 acres, and Lincoln Park West, 123 acres.

Lincoln Park East is home to numerous athletic facilities, children’s areas, historic monuments, meandering trails, and publicly-available Wi-Fi-internet access. Lincoln Park West is an exceptional collection of open space with preserved natural habitats and areas to engage visitors. That includes Edgewood Lake, which is part of the Historic Liberty/Water Gap trail, and the park has nature trails winding throughout it.

Liberty State Park

200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 915-3403

Lincoln Park

West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 915-1388

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