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Trail Guidelines

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

All the trails are OPEN with no movement restrictions, however all visitors must enter by the visitors center and use the main trail opening as an EXIT ONLY. 

Visitors who do not adhere to this policy or TNC 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.

  • Composting restroom is OPEN.

  • 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.

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Trail Admission

Starting in May 2020 TNC instituted a nominal admission fee:

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

This admission is in effect between the hours 9:30 am - 4:30 pm daily.

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 near and around the pavilion.

      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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