Whether you’re new to New Jersey or just need some inspiration to get out of the house (or out of the city), Bergen County has you covered. With access to golf courses, ski hills, and a list of great parks, there’s always something to do in Bergen County’s suburban communities.
Bergen County offers a diverse and beautiful park system, no matter which neighborhood you call home.
Located along Darlington Avenue, Darlington County Park is a sprawling, 178-acre park in Bergen County’s northwest corner. Perhaps the favorite park in Bergen County, this wooded retreat at the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains features sports facilities for tennis and handball, picnic areas that allow you to bring your own grill, open lawns for activity, and a children’s playground. Darlington County Park also has three beautiful lakes, two of which permit swimming and have white sand beaches, while the third offers great opportunities for fishing. Paved walkways are perfect for those that want to go on a peaceful stroll and observe the local birds and wildlife.
Crestwood Lake & Park is located at the northern intersection of Maple and Crescent Avenues. Situated on 71 acres in the Allendale borough, and including a lake with three public beaches that are open for swimming in the summer, a barn and pavilion, and multiple sports fields, Crestwood offers both fun and relaxation. The lake is a great place to swim during the summer, take a pleasant walk in the fall or ice skate when it freezes over during the winter months.
Photo courtesy of Pascack Brook County Park’s website
Located in the Westwood borough of Bergen County, Pascack Brook County Park is another sizable park perfect for an afternoon of outdoor activity. Pascal Brook County Park is located on 79 acres, and is a little quieter than other parks on this list—a good thing for residents seeking a little peace and quiet in the outdoors. With walking and picnicking areas, this park also features a beautiful lake that allows for fishing.
For those looking for a day on the fairway, Bergen County has a great selection of golf courses where you can enjoy beautiful weather and play a few holes.
Located in the southern portion of the Darlington County Park, the Darlington Golf Course is an 18-hole course sitting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains. A beautiful setting at any time of year, the Darlington Golf Course is a par 72 that offers challenges for even seasoned golfers. Cutting through a forest of hardwoods, this course presents tree-lined fairways, distinct elevation changes, and a number of water features.
White Beeches Golf and Country Club is another great, local spot to polish your golfing game in Bergen County. With a course originally designed by golf enthusiast Walter Travis in 1918, this golf course has history, as well as a number of modern amenities. Named for the beech trees that once lined the course, White Beeches’ golf course has 18 holes that aim to challenge golfers of all skill levels.
Photo courtesy of Haworth Country Club’s website
Located just north of White Beeches, Haworth Country Club is another wonderful course for Bergen County residents. Opened in 1965, this private, 18-hole course sits on 175 acres and was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 2000. With a course length of ~7,000 yards, Haworth Country Club’s course features beautiful views of bentgrass greens and fairways and offers a more exclusive experience for those in the mood to practice their golf game.
No matter the time of year, Bergen County’s beautiful natural areas provide something exciting for residents to do. Whether you want to learn how to ski or want to hone your skills, these facilities are a great place to get outside during New Jersey’s cold winter months.
Campgaw Mountain Ski Area is New Jersey’s best winter sport-learning facility. Located on the slopes of Campgaw Mountain, this facility offers both day and night skiing, snowboarding, and tubing programs. Campgaw Mountain Ski Area has varying terrains for skiing and snowboarding, three lifts, 100% snow-making capabilities for the site, eight trails for beginners, and a full selection of equipment rentals.
Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation is a separate facility from Campgaw Mountain Ski Area. Campgaw Mountain Reservation offers archery ranges and disc golf, as well as skiing and snowboarding. Although winter sports are the main draw here, this 1,300-acre park is also popular for both hiking and camping. Fishing is also offered to visitors with the appropriate permits.
If you’re considering a move to Bergen County then the outdoor opportunities are sure to be a huge draw. Contact the local experts at The Lopez Property Group for advice on homeownership as well as recommendations from a local. Whether you’re looking at houses in Allendale, townhomes in Ramsey, or one of Park Ridge’s beautiful luxury estates, The Lopez Property Group will help you find the perfect Bergen County home for your needs.
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