Watchung Sierra Sampler is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley Heights, NJ and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trails here are amazing. Perfect proximity to shopping, freeways, parks, parking, lots of single track and river crossings (mostly dry). Wish they had trimmed back the thorn bushes overgrown some sections of the trail. Enjoy it!
Did the pink trail; markings were hard to find; got lost for 30 minutes and had to backtrack. Rocky, climbed over fallen trees, some of the trail had lots of water flowing right on path. There is a rope midway through to help get you from the bottom to climb up to the next ledge ... But I'd do it again! Was a blast! 6 miles according to the trail map
I hiked this trail yesterday. A beginner trail. The markings were not clear even with a map. Terrain was rocky at times but usually dirt and flat.
oh also the whole sierra is ten miles long
Historic and interesting trail. The deserted village the old mill, hermits pond and the graveyards. Read about the village of feltvillie before you visit. Find out the ghost stories, intensifies the entire hike. Trails weren't marked to well but nothing you couldn't figure out. People on the trail were helpful. The terrain was mostly dirt but rocky at points. Heard a rumor of people living in the backwoods through a friend, I didn't encounter anyone other than hikers and dog owners...but you never know.
Fun time with the family. Lots to see
a bit hard to follow markings.
Love this park and ALL its trails.
With regards to the Sierra Trail the park brochure lists it as 10 miles length.
I have not walked the whole Sierra Trail at once, but portions by itself and in combination with other trails.
The Deserted Village of Feltville provides is an interesting stop and the Nature & Science Center is great for kids.
3/25/12 Lots of woodpeckers and redbreasted robins. A revolutionary war cemetery and an abandoned village. Many trees but very open feeling. Not crowded but we did encounter a few fellow hikers.
This is a great place for beginners, you cant get lost due to being surrounded by highways. That would be the best part, the worse is the old and new blazes are near each other and can take you right off the map, if thats what they call it. Their map does not show the color correct blazes, but we had a great time, there are some areas where you dont even see any blazes so be careful. There is a lot to see in the park and along the trails, from a abandoned village to a foot path that is a football field of poison ivy, yes the path goes right through it. Lots of wild life is along the paths also, mostly white tail deer which are not totally afraid of people. I cant wait to take my daughter there for her to learn on how to use a compass correctlylol.
Agree. Very fun but trails were not adequately marked and didn't match up with the map.
Maps provided were difficult to read otherwise fun