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Outdoor activities are a big part of the scouting experience. Whether it is a day hike in the Delaware Water Gap area, camping in one of the local parks/Scout Reservations, backpacking in the Catskill Mountains, or skiing in Vermont, its all great fun. We are very fortunate to live in a town with so much open space and parkland. So you don't have to go far to have fun in the great outdoors if you live in Chester.

Before you head out to the great outdoors, check the weather forecast.

Chester is home to a number of parks, some owned by the Town, others by Morris County. Here is a guide to the local parks:

Tiger Brook Park/MacGregor Preserve: Located between Cooper Lane, Cliffwood Rd and Old Chester Rd, this jewel of a park provides miles of hiking trails. You can find a trail map here.

Evans Family Forest Preserve: Located between South Rd and Willow Drive, this 110 acre tract has a number of hiking trails and connects up with Highlands Park which can be found on Norh Rd. The hiking trail map for Evan's Family Forest Preserve is available here

Highlands Park/Black River Fields: Located on either side of North Rd just past Black River Middle School, these parks provide large open spaces that have baseball and soccer fields. In addition, Highlands Park is the home to the Community Garden. The map for this park is the same as the Evans Family Forest Preserve map.

Chubb Park: Located just west of the Rt 206/Rt 24 intersection (on Rt 24), this park contains a small pond and numerous ballfields (baseball, softball, soccer), tennis courts, and a playground. In addition, Chubb Park has hiking trails that connect the park to Copper Grist Mill Park.

Cooper Mill Park: A County Park that connects the Cooper Grist Mill with the Kay Environmental Center (also a County Park in Chester). Black River Park has probably the best hiking trails in Chester, including trails through the Black River Gorge (which includes the old Kay Swimming Hole). The trail map for Black River/Kay Environmental Center is found here.

Bamboo Brook/Willowwood Parks. These parks are located off of Longview Rd. Willowwood is an arboretum and Bamboo Brook is a former family estate that is adjacent. In addition to the arboretum, there are hiking trails within the 2 parks as well as a trail that connects the parks to the Kay Environmental Center. The hiking trail map can be found here.

For more information on the parks in the town, please also see the descriptions on the Township website.

There is also an app for your phone that allows you to pull the trail map onto your phone and use the GPS capability in your phone to show you where you are on the map. The app is called Avenza Maps. This is not an endorsement of this app nor is it likely to be the only app that can do this for you. But for those that are interested, you might want to check out your favorite app store for this or another trail map app.