My AllTrails app keeps recommending to me the Hackensack Meadow Paddle, and a friend recently stumbled upon the Hackensack Riverkeepers‘ recently re-opened paddling center in Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. So the three of us went out in kayaks for an adventure.
I didn’t take my camera, though we saw plenty of wildlife, some impressive root systems on the reeds, and timbers that supported the rebuilding of the Hackensack swampland.
And while I may have had my concerns about going on this little adventure, as unathletic and unusually out of shape as I am, this was not us:
Laurel Hill Park
Since we were there, and it was barely past noon and nice weather, my partner and I decided to take a walk along the waterfront in Laurel Hill Park. Turns out it’s got quite a history. What’s a nice flat park now was once Snake Hill, a place of penitentiaries, sanatoria — according to Secaucus town historian Dan McDonough, “Anybody could sign somebody in. However, you would need three doctors to sign you out” — and the quarry that eventually brought the whole mountain down.
All that remains of the granite hill is this quarried cliff behind the ball fields:
Still, it was a lovely little community park for a walk in the summer sun after our paddle.