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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(772)
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(493)
Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Openwood, River, Lenape, and Overlook Trails Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Millburn, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#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(310)
Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Hemlock Falls via Lenape (Yellow) Trail, Summit Trail, Swampy Trail, and Crest Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Orange, New Jersey that features beautiful wild floweShow more
#4 - Lenape Trail: South Mountain Reservation Section
South Mountain Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(170)
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 Show more
#5 - Orange Reservoir Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(120)
Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Orange Reservoir Loop is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Orange, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, waShow more
#6 - Rahway and Maple Falls Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(98)
Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 24 m
Rahway and Maple Falls Trail Loop is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Millburn, New Jersey that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used foShow more
#7 - Turtle Back Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(163)
Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Turtle Back Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maplewood, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily uShow more
#8 - River, Overlook and Balls Bluff Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(104)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
River, Overlook and Balls Bluff Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maplewood, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levShow more
#9 - Lenape Trail and Sunset Trail Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(69)
Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Lenape Trail and Sunset Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Millburn, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#10 - Sunset, Rahway, River, Balls Bluff and Lenape Loop
South Mountain Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(61)
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 milShow more
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