Visiting the Historic Rahway River Park in Cranford New Jersey

How big is Rahway River Park?

Rahway River Park is a popular destination for outdoor recreation in New Jersey. The park stretches along the Rahway River, covering over 200 acres of land. It is an ideal spot for walking, jogging, fishing, boating, and bird watching. There are several well-maintained trails throughout the park as well as picnic areas with grills and playgrounds.

The park also offers many other recreational activities such as basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and horseshoe pits. Additionally, there is a large lake which makes for a great spot to take in some stunning views of the river and its surroundings. All in all, Rahway River Park is quite sizable and provides plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained for hours on end.

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Are dogs allowed at Rahway River Park?

Are dogs allowed at Rahway River Park? Yes, they are! Dogs on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet long are welcome in the park. The park offers plenty of opportunities to exercise and socialize with your pup, including a 1.5-mile loop trail, open fields, and access to the Rahway River. Please note that dogs must remain on leash and owners are responsible for their pet’s behavior at all times while in the park.

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Owners must also pick up after their pets and keep them away from other visitors. Rahway River Park is a great place to take your dog for an outdoor adventure, but please remember to be respectful of other park visitors and abide by the rules so everyone can enjoy their visit to the fullest!

How long is Rahway River Park?

Rahway River Park is a beautiful park located along the Rahway River in Union County, New Jersey. Rahway River Park is a 3-mile (7000-step) route located near Clark, NJ. This route has an elevation gain of about 75.4 ft and is rated as easy.

Enjoy Mohawk Park and Trail

This is definitely a hidden gem in the town! There are around two miles of walking or “hiking” paths starting from Hillside Ave all the way to Big Bend Lake.

The park itself also hosts a basketball court, a running path around the lake, and a playground for children. There are a few bridges which house awesome views for photos.

When it is nice out, you will see people fishing along the pathways, riding bikes, walking/running, and even some people using their personal canoes to fish.

During the fall, it is an awesome spot to take photos because the leaves mixed with the reflection of the water allow for incredible shot!

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Visit the South Side — Droescher's Mill Park

This area is less crowded, which is great when trying to fish since there will be less competition. The wooded area and waterfall will allow you to get great photos depending on the weather and time of day!

The Mill, situated to the right of the dam/falls is the oldest continuously operated commercial building in New Jersey. It was even added as part of the National register of Historic Places in 1974.

Paddle with Cranford Canoe Club

The list would not be complete if it did not mention the Cranford Canoe Club. Dating back to when the township was founded, Cranford has been given the nickname “The Venice of NJ” since all the people living along the river would travel via boats/canoes.

At the canoe club, you can rent a canoe or kayak for up to two hours. During your two hours, you will forget you are in a suburban area, as beautiful wooded areas and wildlife will be in full effect.

Be sure to ride all the way up to Nomahegan Park, and make sure you have your camera available in this part of the river as there are multiple forms of wildlife that you can photograph, not to mention stunning views. Depending on the weather, it will get very shallow the more you head up to the park.

These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg of things to do along the Rahway River in Cranford. There are many other GREAT places to visit, and things to see — the question is which places will you choose?

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