Spanning much of its namesake, Goffle Brook, the park is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its colonial past, the historic John Rea house and its affiliation with the famed Olmsted Brothers Firm. Goffle Brook Park is 103 acres and provides passive and active recreational opportunities. The park features picnic areas, playgrounds, fields for sledding, a dog park, fitness equipment, and multiple athletic fields. The park underwent a multi-million dollar project to beautify the park, reinforce the walls along the Brook, and protect the native plant species.
During the American Revolution, General Lafayette's troops were stationed along Goffle Brook. In particular, Major Lee’s Virginia light horse troop occupied the east bank of the brook in 1780, while Lafayette’s light infantry occupied the west bank on the flank of First Watchung Mountain. Lafayette’s headquarters were at the Ryerson House, the former location of which is marked atop a small hill in the southern section of the park.
In the early 1930s, when the Passaic County Parks Commission became defunct, control of the park was handed to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The park was designed by Olmsted Associates, who designed a wide park with manicured meadows and sprawling greenways. Since then, many improvements and additions have been made to the park, including one of the newest and most popular features: the Dog Run. The Dog Run allows dogs the opportunity to run free in a safe, contained area and their owners the chance to relax and enjoy quality time with their pets. Another recent addition includes a fitness equipment circuit, which was funded by Horizon Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of improving public health through exercise.
GPS Address: 794 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.
1.Via I-80 Westbound Crossing into New Jersey from George Washington Bridge, keep right onto I-95 (Local) S toward I-80/NJ-4/Hackensack. Merge onto NJ-4 W via Exit 72A toward Paramus (8.32 miles). Continue straight onto NJ-208 N/State Route 208 (4.49 miles). Merge onto Goffle Rd/Hwy-659 toward Hawthorne/Paterson. Goffle Brook Park is on the left.
2. Via I-80 Eastbound I-80 E (Express) toward Paterson/New York. Merge onto NJ-19 N via exit 57B toward Downtown Paterson. NJ-19 N becomes Ward Street. Turn left onto Main St. Turn right on Presidential Blvd, continue on this road. County Hwy 509 becomes E. Main Street. Bear left by Triangle Diner road, becoming Goffle Road in 1.6 miles. Goffle Brook Park is on the right.
3 Via Route 46 Westbound US-46W Exit on Union Boulevard. Continue on Union Boulevard for 1.75 miles. Union Blvd becomes Union Avenue. Continue for 1.33 miles. Turn right onto West Broadway. Make a left onto Belmont Avenue. Turn right onto N.7th Street. Turn right onto Haledon Avenue. Take the first left onto N. 6th. Turn left onto E. Main Street. Make a slight left turn onto Goffle Road. Goffle Brook Park is on the right.
4- Via Route 46 Eastbound US-46E take ramp NJ-23 N/Service Road ramp toward I-80E. Merge onto I-80 E/Bergen/Passaic E via ramp on the left toward New York. Continue 4.74 miles merge onto NJ-19 N. via exit 57B toward Downtown Paterson. NJ-19 N. becomes Ward Street. Turn left on Main St. Make a right on Presidential Blvd. Continue on this road, County Hwy 509 becomes E. Main Street. Bear left by Triangle Diner. Road becomes Goffle Road in 1.6 miles. Goffle Brook Park is on the right.
5. Via Garden State Parkway South Parkway South Merge onto route 17/NJ-17 S via Exit 163. On the left toward NJ4/Paramus/G Washington Bridge. Take NJ-4 Ramp. Merge onto NJ-4 via the ramp on the left. Continue straight to get onto NJ -208 N/State route 208. Merge onto Goffle Road toward Hawthorne/Paterson exit. Continue straight, Goffle Brook Park is on the left.
6. Via Garden State Parkway North Garden State Parkway North to exit 155P on the left. Continue toward I-80 W/Paterson. NJ-19 N. becomes Ward Street. Turn left on Main St. Turn right on Presidential Blvd. Continue on this road. County Hwy 509 becomes E. Main Street. Bear left by Triangle Diner. Road becomes Goffle Road in 1.6 miles. Goffle Brook Park is on the right.