Eagle Rock Reservation & The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

I’ve been a bit MIA. Maybe I got lost hiking in New Jersey. Maybe I didn’t.

As a dweller of the concrete jungles of New York City, sometimes a getaway is needed from the hustle and bustle – even if it’s only for a day.

Only a short drive (a little under 40 minutes … probably more if you’re safety and law abiding) away from New York City, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Eagle Rock Reservation are located in Northeast New Jersey.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a quaint place to spend the day. You can eat in its cute cafe that offers sandwiches and salads from local farms, picnic or read on the sprawling main lawn, or take a hike.

Eagle Rock Reservation offers 6 trails of different distances and difficulty. Note: I am not a hiker by any means. My hiking boots were these $12 Express boots I got 2 years ago that have gone through hell and back.

It was easy to wander off the easier paths since there weren’t clear markers … leaving you on the harder trails. I had to climb over fallen trees and jump over creeks a few times. My boots were demolished by the end, especially once I stepped into a stream of water that was hidden by dirt and leaves. R.I.P Express boots (Black Friday 2013 – April 2015).

On a more positive note, I took some photos and shot some footage, so here’s a small video I put together! I hope it inspires you to take a small reprise as well!

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