Explore the Lenape Trail!

An Official Guide to the Lenape Trail developed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, is now available to guide exploration of the trail and the parks that it traverses.

The 36-mile Lenape Trail brings visitors to Essex County’s great outdoor destinations by connecting 18 parks and 11 communities. This unique urban-suburban trail is a destination for residents to explore the wide range of healthy outdoor activities found right in our own backyards.  Since 2017, in partnership with the Essex County Park System and with funding support from Partners for Health Foundation, there have been trail reroutes, signage installation, and public workshops that resulted in improved trail visibility and enhanced volunteer recruitment.

The Official Guide to the Lenape Trail includes detailed maps and descriptions of points of interest along the trail, making it valuable for hikers and historians alike. The full guide (or just the sections that are of interest) can be viewed by clicking the “Lenape Trail Guide and Maps” button at LenapeTrail.org.  A hard copy of the guide is also available as a 42-page PDF (see below).  A digital Lenape Trail map can be downloaded through the Avenza Maps app on your mobile device. In addition, an interactive map, perfect for trip planning, is available online.  Information on the app and interactive map can be found through LenapeTrail.org.

Lenape Trail Field Manager Debra Kagan oversaw the creation of this digital guide with input from local museums, historical societies, and nature centers.  The goal is to enrich the trail experience of county residents and attract new hikers, walkers, and volunteers.