Lake Surprise Loop via W. R Tracy Drive

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Lake Surprise Loop via W. R Tracy Drive is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Summit, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
36 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

trail running






wild flowers


Watchung Reservation is the largest nature reserve in Union County, New Jersey and consists of the upper valley of Blue Brook between First and Second Watchung Mountains. For more information visit:

3 months ago

Since the storm there are a number of trees down, some of which make this trail more difficult. If you are looking for an easy walk, this might not be it, but it is a pleasant path with a great view if you are willing to put in the effort.

Easy walk!

10 months ago

Excellent trails! Love that gives you many different choices to make your walking long or short. I only gave it 4 stars because there should be more signs on where you are and how to get to different "Parking" points. We used goggle to be able to get back to our car ...

10 months ago

great hike, lovely nature

trail running
10 months ago

The white trail will take you through the woods.

The pink trail will take you around lake surprise. The lake is muddy but very beautiful to look at with little sitting spots all along the trail.

There were many wildflowers along both paths.

I saw a stag on the whole trail.

I saw turtles and chipmunks on the pink trail and a cool spider web.

10 months ago

Fun easy trail with a view of the lake. It's a muddy lake but still beautiful.

11 months ago

The lake itself isn't particularly pretty. Water is brown. Not much wildlife around -- as far as we could see. The trail isn't very well marked either. Having said that, it was a nice enough afternoon walk in the woods.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

I've been hiking this trail ever since I was about seven years old. Pretty simple hike and always enjoyable with a scenic view of Lake Surprise! Would definitely recommend!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

An easy trail around a lake with little elevation change. It gets longer than 2 miles if you follow the pink (red?) trail as it will lead you up away from the lake. We got a bit lost

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Peaceful trail around a lake, with plenty of branching trails to wander through the hills. The lake and woods need a good clean-up effort, but it's an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

nice walk through the woods , cool view

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My local go-to trail. Lots of people and dogs on weekends. Can be very muddy in warm winters and spring.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Beautiful and easy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This is a really nice area for a hike. Lake Surprise is at the bottom of a little valley so the hike around it is fairly flat. We added a little detour in the middle. The path can be narrow at times and you will want either a map or an app to navigate. But it is worth a visit.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

It was amazing experience for my family and I it was our first time and we love it

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quite nice, walked with a 2.5 yr old and rugged stroller. Parts are a bit bumpy for the stroller but even 2.5 yr old can walk it. The east side of the lake is flat and wide.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

An easy trail.

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