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.

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

Right on the water

1 month ago

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
2 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
5 months ago

Good training loop for M.U.T. folks

Perfect for a light Sunday morning hike with pretty scenery

9 months ago

Great trail and seasonal changes

Always a lovely time at Round Valley.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

The trail that starts and ends at the end of the bridge is untouched, we had a difficult time finding out way though the trail the first time since the trail gets so thin and over grown at some points, besides that, it's a great place to walk.