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Good trail, trail map needs to be updated

nothing about this trail is moderate, easy at best. muddy but flat. highly traveled by mountain bikers who take over the trail.

Still a good hike as of 11-18, but could be improved. The state needs to tear down junky shed-like buildings (including one with a dead pay phone) at the eastern end of the reservoir. The campgrounds here feel abandoned, and the trail route gets murky through this area. Although county and state trails do not officially connect, you must connect them to complete the loop. Though technically illegal, they are easy to connect. Lovely as Round Valley is, it is a good example of an underfunded NJ state park. Signage is dated, appearance a bit shabby.

walk this Trail me and my girlfriend pretty challenging Trail would do it again

2 months ago

6 miles is a good healthy hike with couple of steep climbs. Close to home. So finish and you can get home.

Did a five mile loop. Was good hike, unfortunately it rained a few days before so was a little muddy but it’s all good.

Love this place, was here at 5am yesterday before the ice melted and it was perfect!

Did a three mile clockwise loop up the pipeline then back around to the right picking up the white triangle and square routes. Lots of fallen leaves so if you're not careful, or observant, you can get off trail easily. Use the app. Some sloppy areas but nothing too messy. All in all, a great hike!

Good trail. Lots of side trails gives you some different options. Not much traffic, went on beautiful 60 degree day in early November and had the place to myself.

very good trail

Nice brisk walk on the path. Not overly crowded and the people I encountered were all very nice. Great for all hiking ability levels

I will be back on my bike next.

Other then 3 miles on the road it was decent

Nice trail for hiking and mountain biking! Just that trail markings are little confusing there are 3 trails red blue and white.

mountain biking
3 months ago

nice views. it isn't really a loop from what we saw but we took a different trial to loop back

It's a really beautiful trail. Plenty of parking. There was a bear sign but I didn't see any. Lots of pretty birds. I spotted some deer. Trails are marked properly. Def look at the map on the notice board before you go so you know which trail you're following. It said on average it takes 35 minutes to do 1 mile. I was able to complete the whole 6.7 miles in an hour. No, I wasn't running but it wasn't difficult. The first 15 minutes, you feel it. definitely needed water. after that it was pretty easy, specially towards the end when you're going downhill. can't wait to go back when the trees change colors.

Logged 5.21 miles on this trail—lots of greenery, big rocks, and very well marked. Our dog loved it!

Pretty trail, saw lots of wild life (deer, rat snake, frogs, toads). Wasn’t over populated which was nice. Easy enough for dogs and children. Wouldn’t rate it as moderate for the experienced hiker. Did the longer outside loop, well worth it.

I really enjoyed this hike. I loved being fully immersed by nature. I saw lots of birds, squirrels, and a small deer. It was quite steep in some areas, and very rocky. The trails got pretty confusing at some points, but that just added to the adventure. I was able to use this app to help me out when I was stuck. My phone recorded closer to 6 miles, not 6.7. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great mtb

on Cushetunk Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Entered from the South Lot (right after main gate, then 1st lot on right). Traveled counter-clockwise around the reservoir. Only made it to start of Campground trail, about 3+ mi. before turning back as it was hot, humid and my Swissie girl was dragging. While we had water, my beastie needed a lot so we paused several times to quench her. It's a very shady trail so the impact of the sun is muted, however it was still HOT! Here are some tips if you have the same big dog issues: immediately after the open area where the man-made earthened ridge is to your left, road to your right, is a reservoir overflow "creek". The right side is clean (no muck) and you can give a drink there. This is in the middle of the most rigorous part of the trail--up & down, some steeps--so a good spot for a break. After that, you go to one of the highest points before descending to the start of the Campground Trail where you all can jump in the water.

first try, didn't finish , have come back :)

The full Round Valley loop is a mixed bag. Except for the long road portion that you can’t get around, in cool weather with turned or fallen leaves it’s one of the state’s ten best hikes. But summer, with ticks, heat, snakes, seasonal trail closures, and a crappy road walk, it’s a long slog to avoid.

I went here solo based on reviews and the GPS coordinates take you to the boat ramp. You must have a fishing or boating license to enter and all the trails are closed at this section May-September? I had to go to the main park and it costs $20 if you are from PA, $10 from NJ! The trail is called something else in the park and is not a total loop. I figured it would feature tons of views of the reservoir, it didn’t. There were two spots very close to the beginning that featured great views. I hiked about half of the total trail so maybe it gets better. It was a nice quiet, shady, trail and after the sweaty hike I got to take a dip in the water at the “beach”. I’m still not sure it was worth $20

My daughter and I found a quiet spot with the creek running by us and read a book. Nice and relaxing. It was a lot of fun-we’ll be back!

Solid trail. Didn't love that a decent portion was on road, but I got that out of the way first. Heads up that the last little bit is actually closed, but you can make your way across by going over the boulders by the lake. Nice that it was in the shade for the most part during the summer!

Very good trail for.hiking and mountain biking.

Just a straight hike, not very scenic and a lot of bikers! It was very winding and fun but beware of ticks! My partner had 4 on him by the time we left and three more when we got home!

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great mixture of twists turns uphill downhill and tricky rock and root sections.

Nice trails good jumps

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