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lots of fun. make sure you take blue trail to see waterfall and lake!!!

My husband and I didn’t do the whole loop as we didn’t have enough time to complete it before dark. We just went down the blue trail and back. Fun little jaunt. It is rocky in spots so be prepared and wear proper shoes. It was still wet from rain when we went so there were some super slippery parts. The falls are nice! Trail was clean and there was plenty of parking. I wouldn’t recommend this trail (at least the blue trail portion) for small/young children. There are plenty of other areas in the park for them to play and run around, though.

Easy trail, great for trail running.

The Patriot Trail is a good fast walk/run with some nice steep climbs. The detour to the waterfall is steep and good for the quads although the waterfall is really a brook. We went on a Saturday and we had it all to ourselves. Due wear hiking boots the terrain is rocky and the leaves hide them quite often.

Beautiful falls, and wildflower field.. Lots of incline and rocky terrain, best to wear hiking shoes.. We spotted an owl and deer and several baby frogs on our way.. Recommend this hike!

great hike! I only did the blue trail since my dog was getting tired but very pretty, scenic hike. I didn't think it was difficult at all, mt tammany was much more difficult. The waterfalls are beautiful and it only takes a mile in to see the view from the top of the rocks.

Didn't quite do the whole thing, but we loved it. Beautiful waterfall!

Great easy ride for whole family. I had my 13 and 15 year old daughters and they had a good time.

road biking
1 month ago

Beautiful, scenic paved and gravel bike trails throughout the property with plenty of places to stop for a picnic. Beautifully manicured property with tons of wildflowers and trees. Lots of shade make this an easy bike ride, with small inclines. Original structures can be found along some of the paths. Sundays in the summer are always fun because the local farmer’s market sets up on the property.

Great little hike. Great waterfall views!!

A friend and I just hiked this Sunday, and we both agreed the trail markers were albeit readily available for most parts of the trip- are confusing to read on other sections. You have to pay attention to where you are going with the intersecting pathways. Nonetheless, we still couldn’t find the markers to follow once we hiked back around towards the viewing platform (we started at locust park). It was pretty muddy, but it was an enjoyable hike! We did end at hemlock falls and returned back because altogether we ended up doing about 11 miles just by deviating and climbing parts of alternative routes and climbing up to the top of the waterfall. But all in all nice starter hike for those lookin to slowly extend their trips! We are coming back here with a few more ladies to have them try this out before I make them do part of the Appalachian trail and Hawk Mountain. Haha!

walking
1 month ago

Clearly laid out trails to walk. Great spots along the river to explore. So many picnic tables and some grills setup throughout the park. Be prepared for steep stairs and hills, but not too challenging.

A good day hike and you can see all the high points in 1 go. The bolder formations are great and after the first steeper start, it levels out near the top if you start from the right. The left side has a gentler slope as is good for pets or an easier climb. I'd reccommend going to the top trail, it is a beautiful route.

nice and easy trail. accompanied by the soothing sounds of the river. very level and good for all activities

Great trail, not too far from Philly.

- Nice trail, overall.
- A little confusing to navigate in parts, especially with so many intersecting roads and paths, but doable if you print a map in advance or use a phone for directions.
- Not too many changes in elevation; pretty easy for all ages.
- The falls and view from Washington Rock were nice, but nothing too memorable. Otherwise, not much else to see along the way.
- LOTS of bugs. Must bring bug spray!

on Cushetunk Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

Great spot to hike
Trail marking could be better but great experience overall

great trail for walking or biking.

Excellent work out. The trail can become confusing as there are many trails that intersect with each other, so you need to keep your eyes on the trail markers or you could be heading down a different path. That happened to me, but it turned out ok as I was following the white trail, then I was on the pink trail that lead to the blue/white trail to lookout point. From there I followed the Blue and white trail to the Falls, a much easier access to the falls from the lookout point. From the falls you can either turn back to climb the rocks to continue towards the lake. From my perspective, climbing up would be much better than going down. Be careful climbing up as you may loss track of the trail, which I did, and had to go back down a bit to pick the trail back up. from there to the lake there are several more falls, which I'll go back later to photograph, before arriving at the lake. From their I ended up following another trail that took be back to the look out point, then following the blue/white trail, ended back at the trail head. Total miles was 2.9. I'll go back.

real nice mountain bike ride. two bridges, chance to see the Clydesdales out for a walk!

hiking
2 months ago

nice view with an ok waterfall, would recommend as a quick hike with some reward, great for beginners

Great local hike with a pretty waterfall!

One of my favorite hikes in the Princeton/Hillsborough area. Easy to get to and beautiful trees, boulders, and view on the straight away down.

The trails are easy and decently marked, however it's easy to get off the trail if you are distracted, the falls are nice. Watch for bikes on the trails.

For the most part this trail is easy. There are certain parts that have a pretty rocky and steep climb, but nothing that challenging. Not very scenic, but a nice starter trail if you are new.

Very clean and scenic hike! Moderate if you take the blue trail but pretty water fall!

Very fun hike but it would have been impossible without GPS and the AllTrails app, because there are almost no markings on the trails. Even with GPS and the AllTrails app, finding our way was difficult at times. Sometimes we would just start walking where the trail was supposed to be and it would eventually materialize. That said, while South Mountain Reservation is often crowded, we were hiking alone, which was great, on much of this route — probably because no one else knows about or can find it. Interestingly, the trails themselves are mostly in pretty good condition, so someone is clearly handling the upkeep — just not the markings.

Our dog loved it!

It’s a cool trail there are spots on the trail where the markers are confusing but really hard to get lost, just walk down hill to re orientate. I’ll go back because I wasn’t able to complete the full trail due to confusing trail markers I ended up taking a connection trail cutting about an 1hour of my hike short

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