About this event
Start: Metropark Station, Iselin, NJ
Finish: NY Penn Station
Distance: 28-50 miles
Return: NJTransit train
Coordinator: David Ascher 973-715-1517
Optional endpoints: Rahway, Newark Penn Station: 28mi, Jersey City PATH: 41mi
Highlights: Merrill Park, Nomahegan Park, Rahway River Parkway, Weequahic Park, Ironbound, Lincoln Park, Liberty State Park, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline views, Hudson River Greenway.
As always, this walk primarily follows the East Coast Greenway. We walk from Metropark station in Iselin, NJ to Penn Station, NYC. This is a somewhat fast-paced walk generally 3.5-4.0 MPH.
This is our most diverse walk, from tranquil parks and rivers to friendly communities to industrial parks and cities - this one has it all. The walk is conveniently located near rail lines which makes using mass transit a plus. If you prefer, create your own challenge by jumping on or off the walk at various schedule points. It is self-guided so please be prepared in case you get separated from the group to manage yourself or get back to where you need to be.
Here are the 3 major segments of the walk. We suggest if you want to walk only part of the 50 mile total, join us that day roughly according to the scheduled time we expect to be there:
- Segment 1 - Metropark to Cranford - 6:00 a.m. to 9:30-10:00 ETA (12 miles)
- Segment 2 - Cranford to Newark - 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (16 miles)
- Lunch is usually a stop at Boston Market in Union about 11-12 noon - straddle in.
- Segment 3 - Newark to NYC Penn Station - 5:00 - 11:00 (13 / 20 miles)
These are only estimates. Speed of walkers, weather and other conditions may affect arrivals and departures at various points.
This year again, The Big Walk is an important segment event for our Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge encompassing most of the miles of the 100 total goal for the year. Join the challenge and walk the entire state at your own pace for your own glory.