Keep it MOV­ING

Seven days out­doors in Ber­gen County

201 Health - - The Great Outdoors - WRIT­TEN BY SAM PASSOW

1. Pad­dle away

Push your ca­noe or kayak into the Hack­en­sack or Hud­son rivers and take in a new view of the area while keep­ing an eye out for birds you might come across. Visit hack­en­sack­river­

2. Take a hike

There are beau­ti­ful na­ture cen­ters or parks all around Ber­gen County. Places like Flat Rock Brook in Englewood and the Te­nafly Na­ture Cen­ter even of­fer guided hikes dur­ing the day and night. The Pal­isades In­ter­state Park even of­fers “back­pack­ing for begin­ners” ses­sions.

3. Fore!

Hit the golf course for a (hope­fully) re­lax­ing nine or 18 holes with friends. Ditch­ing the golf cart will give you a bet­ter work­out. You can also go to a driv­ing range to get in some prac­tice.

4. River cruise

The New Jer­sey Mead­ow­lands Com­mis­sion of­fers rides on a pon­toon boat on the Hack­en­sack River. The trip starts out along the edges of the 200-acre Mill Creek, flanked by tall reeds, and then goes into the open wa­ter of the Hack­en­sack River. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit njmead­ow­ or call (201) 460-4677.

5. Gen­tle wildlife

Fam­i­lies can en­joy the But­ter­fly Gar­den in the Mead­ow­lands or walk along na­ture trails in the Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyn­d­hurst and see a va­ri­ety of wildlife. There’s also the zoo at Van Saun Park in Para­mus.

6. Hook, line and sinker

Ber­gen County boasts a va­ri­ety of spots to go fish­ing. Try your luck at Bear Swamp Lake in Oak­land, Dah­n­erts Lake in Garfield, Whites Pond in Wald­wick, Over­peck Lake in Ridge­field or Ramapo Lake in Oak­land.

7. Serve it up

One of the best work­outs you can get is putting to­gether a long vol­ley on the ten­nis court. There are some lo­cal places with mag­nif­i­cent courts, like Edge­wood Coun­try Club, In­dian Trail Club and the Englewood Field Club. But most towns also have public courts per­fect for serv­ing up an ace. ❖

A big part of stay­ing healthy is stay­ing ac­tive. There are plenty of ways to do that.


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