Branch Brook Park is the home of famous Cherry Blossom Festival located in Essex country in the northern section of Newark and Belleville, NJ. 

Cherry Blossom in Branch Brook Park
During April the Branch Brook Park becomes very colorful with Cherry Blossom!

Branch Brook Park is nearly 4 miles long and averages 1/4 mile in width. At 359.72 acres, it is the largest developed park in Essex County. The park featured by a combination of open meadowland and small patches of woodland on the gently rolling terrain.

Branch Brook Park, New Jersey
The lake in Branch Brook Park, New Jersey

Named for a branch brook that flowed through the valley into the Passaic River. More than 4,000 cherry trees that blossom during April are greater both in variety and number than famed Washington, DC.

The brook that flows through this park heading towards Passaic River.
The brook that flows through this park heading towards Passaic River.

Best View

Beautiful view of Cherry Blossom in the spring!
Beautiful view of Cherry Blossom in the spring!
The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ
The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The park on the list of National and New Jersey historic places features miles of walking, jogging/running and biking paths as well as multiple locations to play basketball, baseball, and other sports.

Early Morning View of Branch Brook Park Lake
Early Morning View of the lake in Branch Brook Park

I am so blessed to live only a few blocks from beautiful Branch Brook Park. This is where I have been jogging for the last 28 years and established a connection with nature.

Cherry Blossom in Branch Brook Park
Cherry Blossom around the northern lake of Branch Brook Park, New Jersey

In the northern part of the park, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the beautiful lake. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart can be best viewed from there. During the springtime, the area around the lake comes to life with many activities such as open-air concerts and festivals.

A beautiful lake in the northern park of the park!
A beautiful lake in the northern park of the park!

Best Time To Visit

At its height, the Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people a day. Best time to visit is between April 15 – 30. By the way, if you planning a trip to the NJ / NY area, do not hesitate to contact me.

Colorful Cherry Blossom in New Jersey
Beautiful and Colorful Cherry Blossom in Branch Brook Park, New Jersey

Cherry Blossom 10K Run

Every spring between April between 10 – 15 you can participate in one of the traditional Cherry Blossom 10K run events.

Cherry Blossom 10K Run
Cherry Blossom 10K Run in the Branch Brook Park

Habitat in The Park

a picture of squirrel in the park
You will see many squirrels in the park
Early Morning Bird activities in the park
Early Morning Bird activities in the park
Canada goose in Branch Brook Park, New Jersey
Canada goose in Branch Brook Park
Crested Hawk eagle in the Park
Crested Hawk eagle in the Park
Birds in Branch Brook Park
Birds in Branch Brook Park
different types of duck species in the park
Different types of duck species in the park

How to Get There

Via Train/Subways

From New York City take NJ Transit or PATH Trains to Newark Penn Station. transfer to Newark Light Rail toward either Branch Brook Park or Grove Street. For the Southern and Middle Divisions, exit at Park Avenue. Exit at Bloomfield Avenue to reach the middle part of the park; the Northern area where most of the actions are is accessible from the Branch Brook Park station.

Light Rail that connects Newark Penn Station to Branch Brook Park
Light Rail that connects Newark Penn Station to Branch Brook Park

Via Bus

A variety of bus routes provides services to Branch Brook Park. These include NJ Transit’s bus lines 11. 27, 28, 29, 41,72, 74, 90, 92, 93, 99 and 108. For schedule information, call 1-973-491-7000 or visit www.njtransit.com.

Distinguishing Features

  1. A large lake, meandering streams, and in the north, the Second River channel.
  2. Spectacular view of the Sacred Heart Cathedral across the lake.Playgrounds, ballfields, basketball, tennis, horseshoes.
  3. The famed “Cherry Blossom land.”
  4. Annual 10-k run at cherry blossom time.
  5. Greenhouse acts as a central nursery and horticulture center for the entire park system.
  6. Senior citizen center, originally a boat landing shelter.
  7. Walled remains of the old Newark reservoir.
  8. Near the reservoir, a mound and its retaining stone wall are designed to resemble an ancient ruin.
  9. Four-mile park drive.
  10. Pedestrian bridges, Park & Bloomfield Avenue bridges and the railroad bridges in the northern extension are striking architectural features.

My Opinion and Tips

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    Mau

    This is a helpful review ! The photos are fantastic!

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