Directions for walking the Hudson River Walkway from Exchange Place in Jersey City to the George Washington Bridge.
The New Jersey Hudson River Walkway from Exchange Place in Jersey City to the George Washington Bridge is about 10.5 linear miles and has two distinctly different segments. The initial ~ 7 mile segment is a largely contiguous, completed Walkway from Exchange Place in Jersey City to the Edgewater border. The succeeding 3.5 mile segment through Edgewater and Ft Lee to the GW Bridge is interrupted with sections that are not completed and will require walking on River Road to bypass these unfinished segments. The walk will also be about 20 miles long as the Walkway winds in and out of coves, piers and marinas.
Jersey City – The Walkway is complete throughout Jersey City from Exchange Place to the Hoboken Train Station. You will pass mostly commercial office buildings and piers. In Newport, at the northern end of Jersey City, the Walkway goes around a marina, through a small park and along the street for a short distance. Look for the large brass Walkway plaques in the sidewalk. The Jersey City segment ends at a Walkway bridge that connects The Walkway with Hoboken.
Hoboken – After crossing the Walkway Bridge from Jersey City to Hoboken, the Walkway continues directly through the Hoboken Train Station. Look for the green and black Walkway signs within the station and emerge on the other side of the station on the Walkway.
The Walkway passes two large parks on adjacent piers and proceeds along Sinatra Drive past the Stevens Institute educational complex. The Walkway leads to Sinatra Drive directly around Union Dry Dock, the last industrial facility of the Hoboken waterfront. After passing the dry dock, stay right and return back to the Walkway. Here again the Walkway passes a large park on a pier at the Maxwell Place condominium complex and the Shipyard. The Walkway then takes a left turn to go around Weehawken Cove. Keep right and close to the water and follow the Walkway behind the massive Hudson Tea condominium. This leads directly to the Walkway segment that connects Hoboken with Weehawken.
Weehawken – The Walkway is complete through Weehawken. This is one of the best places to see the Manhattan skyline and take pictures. Pass the Chart House Restaurant at the end of a pier and the Walkway leads to a very small segment of roadway. Stay right toward the river to enter Weehawken Park and rejoin the Walkway. Follow the Walkway through Weehawken Park, past the Weehawken 9/11 Memorial, some high-end condominiums under construction, the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal and into West New York.
West New York/Guttenberg - The Walkway is completed through West New York and Guttenberg and ends at River Road. This entire segment of the Walkway is fully compliant with all design requirements of the Walkway legislation. It borders expensive condominiums with magnificent views of Manhattan and is a tribute to the teamwork of West New York, the major condominium developers and the public that planned and built the Walkway. The Walkway leads to River Road. Turn right on River Road, walk past the Guttenberg/North Bergen Park which is under construction and small area of a fenced-in gas pipeline connection and immediately turn right toward the river at the end of the fencing. Rejoin the Walkway in North Bergen behind Hudson Pointe condominiums.
North Bergen- In North Bergen, the Walkway will pass the Hudson Pointe condos and the parking lots for the Harborage and Palisades Medical Center. This stretch of the Walkway also has unobstructed magnificent views of the NYC skyline. The Harborage and Medical Center Walkway is one of the oldest sections of the Walkway and is asphalt instead of concrete or pavers. Continue on the Walkway that runs behind the Waterside restaurant's outdoor café. This is the official and legal pathway for the Walkway in this area. The Walkway then turns left at the northern end of the restaurant that leads to an unmarked parking lot. Walk straight past the rear of a small cluster of the condominiums on your left. Turn left at the end of the condominiums and right after a short distance and take an immediate right onto the Walkway adjacent to the PSE&G electric sub-station. Continue through Roc Harbor and the Watermark Condominiums which leads you back to River Road.
Edgewater/Fort Lee - There are two long segments of completed Walkway in Edgewater and several uncompleted areas.
From the Watermark, proceed on River Road for about .8 miles past areas under construction, the Edgewater Municipal Building, a large commercial building called 115 River Road, a Superfund Site and a large Commercial/Condominium complex called City Place. Immediately after City Place, take a right through the Multiplex Cinema movie theater parking lot and proceed toward the river where you will rejoin the Walkway.
Stay on the Walkway for about a mile where it again will bring you back to River Road at the Hess Oil Terminal. From here you will need to stay on River Road for about 2 miles. This is necessary as a segment of Walkway in Edgewater which was destroyed by Super Storm Sandy has not been reopened. Cross River Road to the West side of the street where there is a contiguous sidewalk. Continue on River Road up the hill to Annette Ave on the right passing Edgewater Veteran’s Park (under construction), The Moorings, Vela Homes and the Caribbean House. At this point you have two choices.
1. You can stay on the west side of River Road for .8 miles through Ft. Lee and cross River Road to the east side at the entrance to the South Walkway of the GW Bridge. (The North Walkway is closed). This is an unattractive area for the walk and parts of River Road have no sidewalks and can be dangerous.
2. Cross River Road to the east side and proceed down Annette Ave toward the river. This is the entrance to the Edgewater Colony, a private community. (Some of the residents are not happy that the Walkway runs through their private community). Walk down Annette Ave staying left around a bend until you come to a fork in the road. Take the left fork up hill. (The right fork, which has a Walkway sign, will take you down to the river and the Palisades Interstate Park toward Ross Dock with no access to the GW Bridge). Go up the hill and return to River Road at the Fort Lee border where there is a wide sidewalk for the final ½ mile to the entrance to the GW Bridge South Walkway.