Watchung Reservation Trails is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountainside, NJ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
Love this trail. It has awesome technical climbs and dry river crossing , however found out by other hikers bikes are not permitted in Watchung, very big shame given the diversity and plenty of options for multi-use activity, maybe that will change one day. Some spots are very rocky. Be careful on rainy days.
The white trail was marked but had too many intersections and side trails that loops back to the main white blaze trail. a large portion of trail was built as horse bridle path, thus a lot of manure landmines all over. The smell is all around during midday hours. The artificial man made reservoir looked more like a swamp with massive brown algae growth. My son informed me that the water lacks oxygen and thus the brown murky color. Make sure you bring bug spray to ward off the mosquitoes and black flies. The trail was leveled and was easy to hike on. Very heavy tree canopy to shade from the blazing sun. All in all, the trail was sufficiently wide for my 2 sons and me to walk abreast and just shoot the breeze and enjoy each other' company.
Kid friendly, serene . my first Trail since i moved to US three months back and was all worth. What a way to welcome the spring. MY 10 year old loved it!
Good for bird watching and photography opportunities
This trail is more of a one time hike.