Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Congers Lake Trailway

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Congers Lake Trailway

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HIKING: Congers Lake Trailway

FEATURES: This hike loops around the scenic Congers Lake.

LENGTH: About 2.6 miles

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TIME: About 1 1/2 hours

MAP: None available

DOGS: Not permitted on Congers Lake Trailway.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 5 and proceed north on N.Y. 303. In 7.6 miles, turn left onto Gilchrest Road, and in another 0.1 miles, turn right into Congers Lake Memorial Park. Bear right and proceed to the "stop" sign near a gate, and park in this area.

The Congers Lake Trailway, which loops around Congers Lake, was built by the Town of Clarkstown and completed in October. For its entire length, it is about eight feet wide and hard-surfaced. The wide, level path is attractive for walking, jogging and bicycling, and for much of its length, it offers views across the scenic lake.

From the gate on the east side of the parking lot, follow the wide macadam path north through a wooded area, with Route 303 visible through the trees on the right. Soon, you'll begin to parallel the lake on the left, with several side trails leading out to the lake. Just beyond the second side trail to the lake, you'll pass a small parking lot on the right.

At the north end of the lake, with Lake Road directly ahead, the trail turns left at a gate and crosses a boardwalk over the lake. At the end of the boardwalk, a plaque commemorates the establishment of this section of the trailway in 2011. Here, the trail bears left and continues on a macadam path parallel to the lake.

Soon, you'll reach a fork in the trail at another plaque, which commemorates the completion of the trailway. To the right, a boardwalk leads out to Pleasant Street, but you should bear left to continue on the trailway. The trail now follows a curved boardwalk over the lake, skirting private homes visible on the right. This boardwalk - which is both the most recent section of the trailway to be completed and the most interesting and attractive section of the route - was designed to harmonize with the natural environment. …

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