794 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne and North Hawthorne, Hawthorne Township, Passaic County, New Jersey
103 Acres


From US 287, get off at Exit 59 for Route 208 south. Get off at the exit for Goffle Road (Hawthorne) heading south. The park is a short ride down Goffle Road on the left.

We turned left onto Rea Avenue, took the first left onto !st Avenue and parked down the road just past Florence Avenue.

Another way to go is to take US 80 west to exit 61 for a right turn onto River Road (Route 5607) north. River Road roughly follows just east of the Passaic River up and over avoiding Paterson. At the end of River Road turn right onto Wagraw Road. Turn right onto Goffle Road. Turn right onto Rea Avenue, the first left onto 1st Avenue and pak down the road just past Florence Avenue.


The name Goffle is Dutch for "fork" in an Indian trail.

A monument commemorates the Revolutionary War encampment of General Lafayette.

There's a controversy in Hawthorne. The mayor, Borough Council, and volunteer ambulance corps want an ambulance garage built next to historic Rea mansion in our Goffle Brook Park. We, who don't want to desecrate the park, have suggested an alternative location.


Three softball diamonds, football field, playground, picnic grove, fishing, ice skating, lawns, meadows, and many paths.

The 5-acre Goffle Brook Pond has catfish. Electric motors only. Cross-country skiing is offered over the mixed terrain of the park.


5//27/2005. On a rare warm day in this cold month of May, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked on First Avenue near Florence Avenue. The park is a large one with lots of lawn. I decided just to tour a piece of the park and the northern part seemed to offer the best segment because it is mostly park rather than recreational facilities. The brook runs through the middle of this segment with a few bridges spanning the brook. We walked on the east side of the brook checking out the plants along the water way. Reaching the end of the northern segment, we turned around and walked on the east side of the brook working on way back to our car. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* = blooming on date of field trip, 5/27/05

Acer negundo (ash-leaf maple)
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer platanoides var. (purple-leaved Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Catalpa sp. (catalpa)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (green ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree) *
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Prunus serotina (black cherry) *
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust) *
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Salix sp. (willow)
Tilia sp. (linden)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Hibiscus syriacus (rose-of-Sharon)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle) *waning
Philadelphus sp. (mock orange)
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry) *
Spiraea sp. (spiraea) hort. *
Taxus sp. (yew)

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (Japanese barberry)
Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Alliaria petiolata (field garlic) *
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) *
Cerastium vulgatum (mouse-ear chickweed) *
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Coronilla varia (crown vetch)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Euphorbia cyparissias (cypress spurge) *
Galium aparine (cleavers) *
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) *
Impatiens sp. (orange jewelweed)
Iris sp. (iris)
Lycopus virginicus (Virginia bugleweed)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) *
Myosotis laxa (smaller forget-me-not) *
Myosotis scorpioides (forget-me-not) *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese smartweed)
Potentilla argentea (silver cinquefoil) *
Potentilla canadensis (dwarf cinquefoil) *
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved crowfoot)
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) *
Ranunculus recurvatus (hooked crowfoot) *
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Stellaria media (common chickweed)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Tradescantia virginiana (spiderwort) *
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle)
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle)
Veronica arvense (corn speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)
Yucca filamentosa (Adam’s needle)

Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)