Looking for a great trail in South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey? AllTrails has 22 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 20 easy trails in South Mountain Reservation ranging from 0.8 to 5.6 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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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

it was great hike to the falls and back to Glen ave

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Waterfall is very small, more of a trickle. We just kind of guessed which ways to go and explored different random trails-did not figure out the loop part being there was a lot of trails within trails. Nice and quiet though!

Tried twice to find water falls. Don’t know why I kept going in circles lol. Came upon 5 small columns of rocks. What are they? Was I close to the falls? Good hike. Very hot today Needed lots of bug spray. Will go again to find falls as it is a good hike even if you go in circles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Hiked this trail around 3pm with my daughter. Rained the day before so trail was extra muddy. Was nice walking alongside the Rahway River and seeing all the little brooks & streams. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dog.

Great place to stroll through after work. Lots of shade, birds, lightening bugs, trail loop options... didn’t notice any significant landmarks so you’re kinda just walking around in circles until you feel done... just enjoyed being out in nature.

This is a good place for an easy walk. I've gone a few times with my dog and/or newborn. The reservoir keeps it a bit cooler. Generally half the walk is shaded and the other isn't.

Nice trail with few people, but not marked at certain places, we were lost even while using the app.

First hike ever but was exhausting. trail not clearly marked, so it was hard getting to the falls which was small, not the kids cared. As a family it was a good experience but a few times there we were lost. Overall I liked it, you just need stamina for 4 hours, lots of water, snacks and good shoes for the rocky steep road. Great for Aventures!

Trail is well maintained however, not marked very easy to go off trail (which we did several times). You'll need your GPS for this one.

hiking
bugs
11 days ago

Started out via yellow trail (Lenape) looped around to white (Rahway). Yellow trail starts out with a 300’ climb, is a bit technical at times (very rocky) but it’s definitely the best route in park. Marked well, however once it switches to white trail the blazes are hard to find, they are faded and it’s not well marked. There are two stream crossings so be prepared to get wet. BEWARE: Even though it’s known when you are in a public place to leash your dog, unfortunately EVERY person I passed with a dog did not have them on a leash. (Somehow everyone’s dog is “special”). One was so far away from it’s owner that the man had no idea the dog charged at me with its teeth blazing. Let’s just say we had words once I found him. So other than ignorant people this is a great trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
29 days ago

I'm a bus driver and come here quite a few times a year. It's a nice flat path and a beautiful walk. Great exercise after driving.

Relatively easy trail with some steeper ascent/descent. It has low traffic on weeknights but gets crowded on the weekends. While there's some loose gravel, sturdy running shoes are okay. only caution is some people are still letting their dogs run off lead.

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