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Directions for walking the Hudson River Walkway from Exchange Place in Jersey City to the George Washington Bridge.

June 2018

Overview

The New Jersey Hudson River Walkway from Jersey City to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee is about 10.5 linear miles and will have two distinctly different segments.  The initial ~ 7 mile segment is a largely contiguous, completed Walkway from Jersey City to the Edgewater border.  The following 3.5 mile segment through Edgewater and Ft Lee to the GW Bridge is interrupted with sections that are not completed and will require walking on River Road to bypass these unfinished segments.  The walk will also be significantly longer than the 10.5 miles as the Walkway winds in and out of coves, piers and marinas.

Jersey City – The Walkway is complete throughout Jersey City. It begins at Veteran’s Park near the Goldman Sachs building, passes Exchange Place and continues  to the Hoboken Train Station.  You will pass mostly commercial office buildings and piers. You will have to detour around construction at the Holland Tunnel. In Newport, the Walkway goes around a marina, through a small park and along the street for a short distance.  Look for the large brass Walkway plaques in the sidewalk. The Jersey City segment ends at a Walkway bridge that has historical signage and  connects with Hoboken.

Hoboken – After crossing the Walkway bridge from Jersey City to Hoboken, the Walkway continues directly through the Hoboken Train Station.  Look for the green and black Walkway signs within the station and emerge on the other side of the station on the Walkway.

The Walkway is completed throughout Hoboken except for a brief segment in north Hoboken where a closed commercial dry dock is still in place..  The Walkway leads directly around the dry dock and returns back to the Walkway at Maxwell Park. As you pass the Maxwell Place condominium complex and approach the north end of Hoboken , you will again find construction and a detour that leads to the Walkway behind the huge Hudson Tea condos and around Weehawken Cove.  Stay right and close to the water and follow the Walkway behind the Hudson Tea condos.  This leads directly to the Walkway segment that connects Hoboken with Weehawken.

Weehawken – The Walkway is complete through Weehawken.  This is one of the best places to see the Manhattan skyline and take pictures. The Walkway goes behind the Sheraton Hotel and along the river. There is a short detour to bypass a construction site that leads to Weehawken Parkl.  When you pass the construction area, stay right toward the river, rejoin the paved Walkway which returns to River Road for a short distance. Then back into Weehawken Park..  Follow the Walkway through Weehawken Park, past the Weehawken 9/11 Memorial and the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal and into West New York.

West New York/Guttenberg - The Walkway is completed through West New York and Guttenberg and continues into North Bergen after the pocket park in Guttenberg. Turn right immediately after the Guttenburg Park and continue on the Walkway behind Hudson Pointe condos and toward the river in North Bergen.

North Bergen

In North Bergen, the Walkway will pass the Hudson Pointe condos and the parking lots for the Harborage and Palisades Medical Center.  This stretch of the Walkway also has unobstructed magnificent views of the NYC skyline.  The Harborage and Medical Center Walkway is asphalt and can be in disrepair.  When leaving the Medical Center parking lot, stay to the right and continue on the Walkway that runs between the Waterside restaurant's outdoor cafe and the water's edge.  The Walkway then turns left onto the lane at the northern end of the Waterside  restaurant that leads to a striped parking lot. Walk past a small cluster of the Kings Pointe condominiums on your left.  Turn left at the end and right after a short distance.  Turn right again before the PSE &G transformers and to follow the Walkway past PSE &G and around the recently reopened Roc Harbor condominium and the Watermark.  After the Watermark condos, turn right at River Road and continue north toward Edgewater.

Edgewater/Fort Lee

There are two long segments of completed Walkway in Edgewater and several uncompleted areas.

From North Bergen, proceed on River Road for about .8 miles.  Pass areas under construction, the Edgewater Municipal Building, a Superfund Site and a large Commercial/Condominium complex called City Place.  Immediately after City Place, take a right through the movie theater parking lot and proceed toward the river where you will rejoin the Walkway.

Stay on the Walkway for about a mile where it again will bring you back to River Road at the site of the old Hess Oil Terminal which has been demolished.  After you pass the Hess Oil site on River Road, again bear right through the Trader Joe’s parking lot and rejoin the Walkway at the rear of the parking lot.  The old Binghamton Riverboat has been removed and a new one is planned.. Be careful, as the Walkway has deteriorated in this area.. Proceed on the Walkway for about ¾ of a mile where the Walkway goes through the Edgewater Marina and again you will be back on River Road.

Walk on River Road past Admiral’s Walk and 1111 River Road and turn right into the recently completed Edgewater Veterans Park.  Head for the river and rejoin the Walkway which will lead you back to River Road just below the Le Jardin restaurant.  Walk up hill on River Road to Annette Ave passing the Le Jardin Restaurant, theMoorings condos, Vela Homes and the Caribbean House.  You should see a Walkway sign at the entrance to Annette Ave.

At this point you have two choices.

  1. You can stay on River Road for .8 miles through Ft. Lee to the entrance to the South Walkway of the GW Bridge. (The North Walkway is closed). This is an unattractive area for the walk and parts of River Road have no sidewalks and can be dangerous.
  1. Proceed right down Annette Ave toward the river. This is the entrance to the Edgewater Colony, a private community. (Some of the residents are not happy that the Walkway runs through their private community). Walk down Annette Ave staying left around a bend until you come to a fork in the road.  Take the left fork up hill. (The right fork, which has another Walkway sign, will take you down to the river with no access to the GW Bridge). Go up the hill and return to River Road at the Fort Lee border where there is a wide sidewalk for the final ½ mile to the entrance to the GW Bridge South Walkway.

Good Walking

The Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy

 

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