Looking for a great trail in Watchung Reservation, New Jersey? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash 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 13 easy trails in Watchung Reservation ranging from 1.3 to 4.8 miles and from 229 to 541 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
7 days ago

Good track. Not as easy as I thought. Muddy, rocky, & steep at times. Saw a handful of people. A lot of unleashed dogs smh...

hiking
bugs
muddy
12 days ago

The fact that you can do a short hike on these nature trails in the middle of NJ is pretty amazing, and truly feel away from the highway bustle. With that said this trail does have a ton of intersections and trail options... like too many, it’s hard to keep track. There are some muddy patches and bugs, so just be aware. Really wonderful this space has been preserved for outdoor recreationists and locals. Yes there is a horse farm nearby but I didn’t think the manure was much of an issue.

Went after a heavy rain and it wasn’t only muddy, parts of the trail were through a pretty good stream. Parts were open, parts had heavy brush with a very narrow path. Not really to scenic with the exception of a few uninspired waterfalls. Overall average at best. The mud/stream did present a nice challenge. Not particularly well marked but easily figured out.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Great hike, muddy and fun. Wish they would do something about the blazes coming out of the tree but still a lot see. Great day overall.

Not so much a hike as a breezy walk. Still a great couple hours. A lot of families and fishermen but a good day overall. Well marked.

Lots and lots of mud between highlight 3 and 4 on the map, almost lost my shoes + I slipped in there. Was very beautiful though!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Don’t hike after rain, will be to muddy. Nice walk along creek and lake.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

I wouldn’t take this excursion as a good example of the trail as we had a week of rain, including 2 tornado warnings the week leading up to this hike. A part of the purple trail along the water was completely inaccessible so I had to offtrail a bit but was able to find my way. It didn’t rain on my time though (hehe, get it?) as it was still quite beautiful and challenging. I put in a suggestion to increase the mileage as I recorded my hike which came out to a half mile more than advertised; fine for me, but maybe not for somebody that can’t go the extra half mile for some reason. I’ll do this one again for sure!

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Started out trying to do another loop that involved the Orange trail but the markers are so all over the place ended up on a partial different loop. Nice hike regardless though lots of mud and bugs. But hey, that’s what the woods are for!!!

Lots of different trails, well maintained and marked. Very NJ though with the highway running alongside of the park. Huge parking area.

The trail as drawn is just short of two miles but there are several intersecting trails to explore if you wish to extend your time. There is a small parking area across the street from the trailhead. Mostly flat and good for just about all skill levels. Well blazed but hard to get lost. As others have mentioned, this trail is very muddy. Lots of fallen trees. Very busy with people, families, dogs, horses, bicyclists, anglers, etc. Surprisingly little trash. A few interpretive signs which was a bonus. Overall a nice place that could use a bit a maintenance and would benefit from less usage. Will return to explore the rest of the area.

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