The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.
Carey R. on Round Valley Reservoir Trail
Great trail and seasonal changes
Steph B. on Round Valley Reservoir Trail
The trail that starts and ends at the end of the bridge is untouched, we had a difficult time finding out way though the trail the first time since the trail gets so thin and over grown at some points, besides that, it's a great place to walk.
Emma K. on Round Valley Loop Trail
Took my border collie with me to accompany me. Beautiful beach and view. The hike was alongside the beach about 75% of the time, the 25% being in woods or alongside the road. There is a fee to enter the park ($5)
Michael P. on Round Valley Reservoir Trail
super Trail for mountain Bike
Love the Cushetunk Trail. Hilly, Tough, and Technical. Love the additional short trail in the woods (before Dam on way out) that was added and the trail improvements. I horseback ride here frequently during the off season and the trails are usually busy with hikers and bikers (thank you all for sharing the trails!)
If you're looking for a trail run this is a great work out. the elevation change is very challenging and constant. very easy to get your heart rate up. Trail running shoes are ideal as there are very little smooth surfaces along this track. Go in the morning. Since most of the trail is in the shade this made for a really nice run.
Am I the only one that was nearly run over by bikes? Once a biker had to lay his bike down as he was speeding down a hill to avoid running into me. Another time a biker turned a corner totally unaware that a hiker may be walking toward him. I actually helped him stop by holding his handlebars. When I reported the careless riding to the rangers they told me to take another short trail where bikes are not allowed. I guess the shave the right of way. It is a pretty hike but be careful!
Allen D. on Round Valley Reservoir Trail
decent trail, though be warned it isn't well marked about 7 miles in, and then it just stops. Turns out that the loop no longer exists, and the area has been fenced off almost entirely. Ended up crossing into restricted area, and getting escorted out by the rangers.
lots of up down, lots of rocks, the views can be pretty, but only at certain times of the year.
Sorry, this hike sucks. Unless you're getting to one of the campsites, there's no need to kick your ass on this trail. There's a lot of steep ups and downs with no significant views after all your labour. If you want a good asskicking, at least go up north or to the Water Gap to get some significant views for your sweat equity.
This hike gets two stars because at least once you get to the sites, it's a nice place to camp. (You can do this via canoe, which I think is a better way to go.) Also, when I went here years ago, there were rows and rows of wild raspberry bushes near the campsites.