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Tenafly Nature Center's Pfister's Pond Preservation Project has begun! Starting September 7, 2021 until the project is complete portions of the yellow and red loop trails as well as the western side of the main trail will be closed with NO ACCESS.

In addition when the preservation team is working on Monday-Friday (and select Saturdays) between the hours of 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 

  • The Main Entrance and Parking Lot of the preserve will be closed
  • The Composting restroom will be closed
  • The white picnic table area (located near the upper Yellow Trail) will be closed

During these days visitors may use the Blue Trail (near 320 Highwood Ave.) as a temporary main entrance to access the remaining trails throughout the preserve. 

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Sundays (and select Saturdays),
visitors will be able to utilize the main TNC entrance, parking lot, composting restroom, and picnic area. However, portions of the yellow and red loop trails as well as the western side of the main trail will remain CLOSED.

In addition to providing public access and recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. This preserve is managed for diversity of wildlife species through habitat improvement projects. You can help this effort by learning about and supporting habitat restoration activities.

Please visit our Pfister's Pond Preservation Project Page for more information.

Trail Guidelines

TNC trails are open daily from one hour after sunrise till one hour before dusk.

Most trails are OPEN with no movement restrictions, however all visitors must enter by the visitors center or blue trail respectively depending on the day of the week and habitat work being done. 

Visitors who do not adhere to TNC policies or rules will be asked to leave.

  • Our trails are open for passive recreation only (ex. hiking, walking, running, jogging, and birding).
  • Our Visitors Center is OPEN on Sundays.

  • On Sundays only the Composting restroom is OPEN.

  • On Sundays only the white picnic table area (located near the upper Yellow Trail) is available for use by families and small groups ONLY. No grills or cooking allowed.

Please note: Especially on weekends, parking areas may fill early. We encourage visitors to try to time their visits to off-peak periods, such as weekdays or early in the day on weekends!

Trail Rules & Information

Please respect the wildlife and their homes. Take only pictures...and leave nothing.

Tenafly Nature Center is governed by a lease agreement with the Borough of Tenafly. This agreement contains rules and regulations concerning the use of the property by visitors to the preserve. As a guest in a nature preserve, we ask that you respect these rules to keep TNC a safe, clean, natural, and pleasant place to visit. Please ensure any other people in your group or family, including children, understand them as well.

Temporary Main Trail Entrance

(and select Saturdays)
Main Entrance and Parking Lot Closed,
use Blue Trail Entrance

View route to TNC Temporary Main Entrance in a larger map

Limited Street Parking Available

Sunday Trail Admission

Starting in May 2020 TNC instituted a daily nominal admission fee:

  • Members: FREE
  • Non-members: $2/person or $10/family (up to 6 people)

During the month of September (due to the habitat restoration project) this admission is in effect between the hours 9:30 am - 4:30 pm only on Sunday's.

Visitors may bring cash or there are QR codes available for the use of Venmo, PayPal, credit cards, and Apple Pay.

Masks & Social Distancing

  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated visitors enjoying outdoor passive recreation. 
  • Masks are still required for all guests to take part in our youth programs and to enter the visitors center. Please have your your PPE available at all times. 
  • Masks are not required for people under the age of two, when eating or drinking, when doing high intensity aerobic/anaerobic activities, and where the presence of a mask would pose a risk to the individual's safety. 
  • Guests who wish to enter the visitors center will still need to abide by social distancing standards.
Stay on trails at all times and stay out of streams and ponds (to minimize disturbance to plants & wildlife).
No pets leashed, carried, or otherwise.
Do not release any animals.
No fires (without staff oversight).

Smoking and/or the carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other combustible substance, in any manner or any form, including vapor from an electronic smoking device, is prohibited at all times in all areas of the park.

No bicycles (or any vehicles) beyond the parking area. Trails are for foot traffic only.
    No littering please.

      Do not disturb, collect or remove ANYTHING including wildlife, plant matter (flowers, leaves, acorns, sticks), mushrooms, soil or rocks.

      Do not feed, bait, or provide access to food to any wild animal or waterfowl. Please see our Q&A on feeding wildlife for more information.

      No camping, hunting, trapping, or fishing in all areas of the preserve.

      Picnicking is permitted only at the picnic tables (located near the upper Yellow Trail).

      Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited, except for events held at Education Center with the permission of the Nature Center board.

      Personal photography is welcomed, but professional photography and filming may require a permit (view the policy for professional photograph and filming).

      Any rule violations brought to our attention would be greatly appreciated. 
      Thank you and enjoy your visit!

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