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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.

27 days ago

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

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.

Other then 3 miles on the road it was decent

on Cushetunk Trail

3 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.

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

Camped here with some friends several years ago coming hilariously underprepared. Seeing the stats on here it all makes sense with how difficult this was considering our lack of consideration. Really cool site though. Feels very far away from the city.

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!

7 months ago

Boring. I’ve hiked it three times to "be sure."

9 months ago

nice hike with great view.

mountain biking
11 months ago

wonderful trail for bike riding

It is 10.3 miles and 1600 feet of climbing. Great course. I did it after snow storm and it was a lot of fun “little bit challenging but that is what we MTB like it” Highly recommended

Sunday, December 10, 2017

wonderful trail

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Awesome trail

Monday, December 04, 2017

Awesome trail

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Easy. Perfect hike to go on with a big dog. The water is beautiful!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall blooms coming into peak. Damp and chilly day but once you get moving warms up. Nice and easy. Blue trail into the green. Hugged the beach for a bit then up through a pine grove. One minor incline and all ground. Good for beginners and children. Picked a couple of ticks off the dog and the wife when we got home.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Nice trails great secenry

paddle sports
Sunday, September 17, 2017


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great hike though not quite a true loop. Gets overgrown as the loop gets closer to the end. Hiked with my wife and three daughters age 6,5 and 2. Carried the two year old half of it but older daughters loved it. Very scenic and pleasant walkabout

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Very nice place. $10 parking fee so bring lunch and enjoy a nice view of the water.

on Cushetunk Trail

Monday, September 04, 2017

This is a beautiful area to hike, but be weary of the upper white trail as it is not well marked and it's easy to wander off the path. The $20 entry fee (holiday weekend) was very steep, but the views were worth it. The main red blazed trail (Cushentunk Trail) is an easy trail in my opinion with gentle elevation changes. The high side of the white trail gets a little more technical with some rock scrambling.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ok, am confused. We went about five miles in from South lot. Then we took a very close look at loop. Looks like it goes back across water?? Didn’t want to chance the last five with a prospect of doing 20 or so and wife killing me. Any feedback? Does the loop close by taking walk on road back to South lot??

trail running
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This trail is one way 11 miles...

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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.

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