Lost Brook Preserve (and Tenafly Nature Center)
Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, Bergen County, NJ
382 acres (50 of which are the Tenafly Nature Center)


From the Englewood business center, take Engle St. (runs parallel to Main Street and begins as Grand Avenue) for about three miles northeast to the dead end at Hudson Avenue. Turn right and follow Hudson Avenue for 0.6 mile to the end. Stop at the nature center here to obtain a day-use parking permit.


1870 -- Lambier House built.

18th and 19th centuries -- this was private land. It included the Lambier estate (still existing on Old Hudson Avenue).

1948 -- some 45 acres were donated to Tenafly in 1948.

1950 -- land donated by the Rockefeller family for park use.

1960 --  50 acres were set aside by Tenafly on East Hill.

1966  -- an interpretive center built.

1976 --  Tenafly's citizens raised $9.3 million dollars (including $34 million dollars from the Green Acres Fund and a $.5 million dollars from the Palisades Interstate Park) and bought the rest of the East Hill tract that was threatened by development. Here's thanks to the Nature Conservancy, the citizens and Borough of Tenafly, and New Jersey's Green Acres program for saving the area.

(see http://www.tenaflynaturecenter.org/ and http://www.nynjtc.org/trails/record/021017.htm)


There are several miles of trails.  

It is of mixed upland oak woods and red maple/sweet gum lowlands.  There are streams and swamps.

They say you can see red fox, flying squirrels, and deer here.

The Lost Brook flows under Route 9W, into Greenbrook Sanctuary, and over the cliffs to Henry Hudson Drive.

Naomi Dicker and Torrey Botanical Society

August 21, 1993

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum sugar maple
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (scotch pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)

Aronia sp. (chokeberry)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood) with blue fruit
Hamamelis virginiana (witch-hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Philadelphus coronarius (mock orange)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus alleghaniensis (common blackberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius wineberry
Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush)
Vaccinium angustifolium (low bush blueberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (high bush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)

Apios americana (groundnut) 8/21/93
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yamroot)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax herbacea (carrion flower) with blue fruit
Smilax laurifolia (laurel-leaved greenbrier) found by Robert Maricic, 2002
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Alliaria petiolata garlic mustard
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) 8/21/93
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Aster sp. (aster) 8/21/93
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks) 8/21/93
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle) 8/21/93
Ceratophyllum demursum (coontail)
Chenopodium album (pigweed) 8/21/93
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm) 8/21/93
Commelina communis (Asiatic dayflower) 8/21/93
Conopholis americana (squawroot)
Eupatorium purpureum (sweet-scented Joe-Pye-weed) 8/21/93
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground)
Hypericum mutilum (dwarf St. Johnswort)
Hypericum virginicum (marsh St. Johnswort)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 8/21/93
Iris versicolor (blue flag)
Ludwigia palustris (marsh purslane)
Lycopus americanus (water horehound) 8/21/93
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Nuphar variegata (spatterdock) 8/21/93
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel) 8/21/93
Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed) 8/21/93
Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon's seal)
Polygonum hydropiperoides (mild water pepper) 8/21/93
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Pontederia cordata (pickerelweed) 8/21/93
Prunella vulgaris (heal-all; self-heal) 8/21/93
Scutellaria lateriflora (mad-dog skullcap) 8/21/93
Smilacina racemosa (Solomon's plume)
Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod)
Solidago juncea (early goldenrod) 8/21/93
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Triadenum virginicum (marsh St. Johnswort)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) 8/21/93

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex esculentus or C. strigosus (nut or umbrella sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Eleocharis sp. (spike rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Cinna arundinacea (wood reedgrass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue grass)
Panicum dichotomiflorum (panic grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Lycopodium sp. (club moss)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)