Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park (6/5/2010)

Though technically not what many would consider a "hike" (you won't see many trees or lakes, or climb any hills), this walk is one of the hikes included in the book Hiking New Jersey: A Guide to 50 of the Garden State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (1st edition). It's hike #48 ("Liberty State Park"), and it is quite spectacular in its own way. The first third includes a small walk through a nature area, and then a stroll through the heart of Liberty Park which passes the beautiful Columbus Monument, and then continues through the pretty Remembrance Grove (where a stone bears the names of every New Jerseyan who died on 9/11). The second third includes a walk through the marina at the Morris Canal Big Basin before joining the Liberty Walk at the historic CRRNJ Terminal. The last third continues along the Liberty Walk for a spectacular mile and a half that affords constant views of the Hudson River, lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and Lady Liberty.

Total mileage today was 5 miles in about 3 hours.

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Lady Liberty from Nature Path

Nature Path

Lady Liberty through dense vegetation

Interpretive Center

Field of flowers behind the center

Swan in salt marsh

Duck and ducklings

Salt marsh behind center


Walking path through park

Laura and Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

Empire State Building across river

In the circular garden

It was hot today!

Heading north

Columbus Monument from rear

Columbus Monument from front

Ellis Island

Liberty Walk boardwalk

Flag of New Jersey

Beautiful flowers on ...

... the Grove of Remembrance trail

The NJ casualties from 9/11

Flowers on Remembrance path

Near Morris Canal Big Basin

Old boat in the marina

Cormorant in marina

Old parade float

Boats in marina

Heading east

[Photo by Laura]

Jersey City skyline

Bride and groom at Liberty House restaurant

Morris Canal Big Basin

Circle Line

Jersey City skyline

Boat heading to the Hudson

On the Liberty Walk

Historic CRRNJ terminal


New York water taxi

Empire State Building

Sailboat on the Hudson

25 cents for a view

Lamp posts

Clock of CRRNJ Terminal

Very old pier

Lower Manhattan

A lone gull

Mid Manhattan

A lone cormorant

Boats near Ellis Island

Verrazano Narrows Bridge in rear

Old schooner in distance

Liberty Walk looking east

Resting pigeon

Vehicle bridge to Ellis Island

[Photo by Laura]

"Saving is Easy" over Lady Liberty

Liberty Walk looking south

Liberty Walk looking north


Reading about ducks

Lots of benches

Salt marsh near Interpretive Center

Lazy fishing

Cormorant in the distance

Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge in distance

Military helicopter near Lady Liberty

A lone sentinel cormorant ...

... is joined by another

Visitors to Lady Libery unboarding

Liberation Monument

Huge cruise ship

Gorgeous sycamores in picnic area

Flag Plaza frames Lady Liberty

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