Liberty-Water Gap Trail
Years: 2005 to present
Northern New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Warren County; Sussex County; Morris County; Passaic County; Bergen County; Essex County; Hudson County; and the Liberty-Water Gap Trail Citizen Coordinating Committee
First proposed by West Orange, N.J., resident Al Kent, the plan has quickly built momentum. The Liberty-Water Gap Trail will meander past a multitude of New Jersey's special places along its 156 miles of mixed rail-trail and hiking trails. The trail will lead you to 15 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, over 36 rivers and streams, and connect you to 46 national, state, county and municipal parks including America's first county park—Branch Brook Park and the magnificent Statue of Liberty National Monument. Sections of the trail have already been completed: the 34-mile Lenape Trail covers eastern sections of the corridor, the Sussex Branch Trail runs for 20 miles, and the Paulinskill Valley Trail is 27 miles long, ending just a few miles short of the Delaware River.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy staff has been working with the Liberty-Water Gap Trail Coordinating Committee and several counties on a number of initiatives. The first will be a four-year Public Awareness Project which will increase public use, awareness, and support for this cross-state trail by embarking on four major areas: public events, signage, Web site and printed material.