The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.

trail running
15 days ago

Beautiful clean trails. Lots of side trails to make this a longer loop if you want. I totaled 17 miles without repeating any trails. The last 2 miles are on road.

Did this hike with my dog for the first time and she loved it. The hike wraps around the entire lake so the down side is if you don't have it in you to hike 20+ miles you'll have to head back the way you came. Other than that the lake is gorgeous, and there are a ton of spots to stop and enjoy the water.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I think is a really good trail for bikes BUT if you're an expert at that cause Im actually a beginner and was extremely hard and exhausting for me
I've been at Six mile run and I thought maybe Im ready for this but NOPE not yet
2.5 miles in the red trail and i was done already
Had to take the road to get back at the parking lot cause to tired
Definitely going again when I get in better shape and more experienced

There was a $10.00 fee to enter the park. Just turned around and found a free trail.

This trail is one way 11 miles...

If you're looking for a place solely for hiking, and a trail where you feel like you've gotten away from civilization, then Round Valley is not the ideal place. For the first 3-4 miles, you're never far away from main roads or houses. Round Valley is also a popular place for mountain bikers, so again you don't really feel away from it all.

With that said, if you're looking for a place in NJ for an overnighter where you can pitch up a tent, get a campfire going (with plenty of fallen wood), and where the campsites are decently separated, then Round Valley is actually quite nice for that. Plus many of the campsites are within a stones throw of the reservoir which makes for a nice setting. So I'd say 3 stars for hiking, but maybe 4 stars for camping.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike and nice views. Very muddy and almost felt like a walk through the park versus an actual hike. The trail to the campsites is more challenging here but overall, this trail is decent for a quick view of Round Valley. Despite all the 'There is NO poop fairy' signs, many canine owners on this trail do not pickup after their dogs, which makes for more than enough land mines along the route, unfortunately.

trail running
7 months ago

Good training loop for M.U.T. folks

Perfect for a light Sunday morning hike with pretty scenery