Branch Brook Park, the nation's first county park, is located in the North Ward of Newark, between the neighborhoods of Forest Hill and Roseville. A portion of the park is also located within the Township of Belleville. The park is noted for the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States. The Newark Light Rail runs on the park's west side providing multiple access points to the park from Downtown Newark. Branch Brook Park is listed on both the New Jersey (1980) and National (1981) Registers of Historic Places.
Trail & Path Info
Tips and Tricks
Some great features:
- Spectacular view of the Cathedral Basilica across the lake.
- Four-mile park drive.
- Annual Festival and 10-k run at cherry blossom time.
- The famed "Cherry Blossom Land."
- Listed on both the state and national historic registers.
- Completed in 1995, site of the park system's Centennial Birthday Celebration.
- A large lake, meandering streams, and in the north, the Second River channel.
- Playgrounds, ballfields, basketball, tennis, horseshoes.
- Greenhouse acts as a central nursery and horticulture center for the entire park system.
- The park system administration building, built in 1916
- The northern division meadow is one of the largest recreational open green spaces to be found in Essex.
- "Monarch Meadow," a newly established butterfly garden.
- Senior citizen center, originally a boat landing shelter.
- Walled remains of the old Newark reservoir.
- Near the reservoir a mound and its retaining stone wall are designed to resemble an ancient ruin.
- Roller rink
- Pedestrian bridges, Park & Bloomfield Avenue bridges and the railroad bridges in northern extension are striking architectural features.
- Ballantine Gateway.
- Meeker Mound Pavilion.
- Sculptured lions which flank a formal boat landing were originally stationed in front of the old Newark Prudential building.
Location & Contact Details
- Jogging / Running
- Playing in the playground
- Sports / Athletic Fields
- Boat Launch
- Car Top Boat Launch Only
- Picnic / Sitting Area
- Fitness Trail
- Flat / Easy
- Walking Paths
Parks & Gardens:
- County Parks
- Park (General)
- Scenic Overlook / Waterfalls