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Best trails in South Mountain Reservation

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Looking for a great trail in South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 21 easy trails in South Mountain Reservation ranging from 0.8 to 5.8 miles and from 177 to 587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Hemlock Falls Trail via Lenape (Yellow) Trail, Rahway Trail (White) and River Trail
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(865)
Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Beautiful hike with some rough terrain. A good amount of inclines. Rocky trails. Really nice stretch along a ridge. Great hike to a small waterfall.Show more
#2 - Openwood, River, Lenape, and Overlook Trails Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(515)
Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
#3 - Hemlock Falls via Lenape (Yellow) Trail, Summit Trail, Swampy Trail, and Crest Trail
South Mountain Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(343)
Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
#4 - Lenape Trail: South Mountain Reservation Section
South Mountain Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(181)
Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 6 h 45 m
Park at Glen Avenue lot (Locust Grove) in Millburn and start by taking the right-hand trail. Follow the yellow blazes all the way through to Mayapple Hill in West Orange. (If you like, you can take a short loop detour to see Hemlock Falls on the way.) Once at Mayapple Hill, turn around and retrace your steps.Show more
#5 - Rahway and Maple Falls Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(111)
Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 24 m
#6 - Turtle Back Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(197)
Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#7 - Orange Reservoir Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(138)
Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
#8 - River, Overlook and Balls Bluff Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(108)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#9 - Lenape Trail and Sunset Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(78)
Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
#10 - Sunset, Rahway, River, Balls Bluff and Lenape Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(71)
Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Park at the Locust Grove lot (near Millburn Library). From there, take the Sunset trail (for 0.6 miles), then join the white blazed Rahway trail (for 0.2 miles), then join the River trail (for 1.3 miles). At that point, your way will curve east to south east on the Balls Bluff trail (for 0.3 of a mile). At just over the half way mark, join the yellow blazed Lenape trail and continue on for another 1.9 miles until you reach Sunset again. Take a right, then a quick left, and you'll be back to the lot.Show more
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