Watchung Reservation History Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Watchung Reservation History Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mountainside, NJ that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 507 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding





wild flowers




washed out

1 month ago


Moderate in length, easy in elevation change.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

4 months ago

This is a pretty good trail but the Easy designation might not be accurate for the whole hike. There are a couple spots where the trail is washed away, one of which requires a short, steep climb. It is roughly halfway around the circuit. There is a ladder and rope available to help. But not every hiker would be able to manage that portion of the trail. Overall the trail is reasonably well marked and there weren't a lot of people even on a Sunday afternoon. But there is also a portion that is within earshot of I-78. So it's not perfectly quiet either.

8 months ago

I actually made this trail myself as part of my Eagle Scout Project. It's a 6 mile loop trail starting at Trailside and takes you through the reservation. I made it to balance out the existing trails in the reservation and it's pretty easy. It has a couple slope spots along the trail but for the most part it isn't too bad, definitely family oriented. Enjoy!