Getting Here

Directions to the Demarest Nature Center

Demarest Nature Center - Duffy Bridge

Demarest is located in Bergen County, NJ, in the northeast corner of the state. Hardenburgh Avenue is 6.3 miles north of NJ Route 4 on Bergen County Route 501 (Grand Ave in Englewood, County Road in Demarest). From the County Road and Hardenburgh Avenue intersection, travel west over the stone bridge and make the first right after crossing the railroad tracks by the Demarest Service Center. Continue on Wakelee Drive past Wakelee Field and the Demarest Imagination Playground. The entrance to the Nature Center is just past the playground.

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Directions to the Demarest Nature Center

There are five entrances to the Demarest Nature Center:

Columbus Road Entrances

The main entrance, Columbus Road North, is located on the east side of Columbus Road approximately 3/10ths of a mile north of Hardenburgh Avenue. The Columbus Road South Entrance is located on the east side of Columbus Road approximately 2/10ths of a mile north of Hardenburgh Avenue. Columbus Road runs north from Hardenburgh Avenue 1/2 mile west of County Road (Route 501) and 1/4 mile East of Knickerbocker Road (Route 505).

Madison Avenue Entrance

The Madison Ave entrance to the Demarest Nature Center is on the north side of Madison Avenue next to Dogwood Lane and across from the north end of Stelfox Street. The Demarest Public Library is bordered by Insley Street on the east and Stelfox Street to the west.

Demarest Playground Entrance

Two foot paths enter the Demarest Nature Center immediately west of the Demarest Playground and Wakelee Athletic Field. One path crosses the Tenakill Brook on a foot bridge, the other proceeds north along the east side of the Tenakill. The Demarest Imagination Playground can be reached from Hardenburgh Avenue and the town center by traveling north on the road parallel to, and immediately west of the railroad tracks. Proceed over the one lane bridge and bear left passing Wakelee Field and the Wakelee Field house on the right. When the paved road turns right, bear left past the playground. Trails begin at the west end of the parking lot.

Swim Club Parking Lot Entrance

Two paths enter the woods from the north end of the swim club parking lot. Directions are the same as for the playground entrances with the following change: when the paved road bears to the right, continue on the road past the tennis courts and the entrance to the Demarest Swim Club, to the north end of the Swim Club parking lot. Trails enter the woods, one from just west of the handball court and the other from slightly northeast of the handball court.

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