River, Overlook and Balls Bluff Trail Loop

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South Mountain Reservation

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 levels and is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.7 miElevation gain400 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingRunningForestWildlifeRocky
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Hannah August
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Hiking

beautiful, quiet, easy trail

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John Nugent
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Hiking

Excellent walk. The normal loop is a nice wide gravel path. I took yellow trail outbound which is more challenging and fun if you like following blazes and don’t mind more rocks and muck.

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Martin Hasselhoff
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Andrew Hernandez
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Not well marked, but easy to follow. Easy trail, good for kids and pups alike! Not much parking. Very icy with snow/freezing temps

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Jenny Cifuentes
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Muddy but a lovely hike! Cut off to see the hemlock falls - totally worth it!

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Joseph McCarthy
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Alyssa Cawley
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muddy

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Melanie Segal
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dinorah rosallis-goncalves
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Zachary Orts
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Sunil Gopi
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Cindy Chen
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Sawyer Swanson
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Lit

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Evan Weinman
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Simple, short, and enjoyable. A bit of an incline for 20 mins but manageable for anyone.

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Rita Esposito
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HikingGreat!

Wide trail and relatively flat with some rocky areas. An easy and quick hike. Nice fall foliage.

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Lizelle Pell
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HikingGreat!

Nice, easy, and most flat walk. Tagged on the hemlock falls at the end, pretty.

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Nicolette Barbagallo
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Gabby Melendez
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Keep in mind if you’re using the directions from this app, it takes you to a parking lot right on the highway so be careful getting in and out!! Yellow trail just keeps going, red trail is the loop. To get to the red trail and waterfall from the “highway” parking lot, you’re going to go straight then make a left at what looks like it could be a trail map but it’s just a sign with graffiti. From there you’ll find the little waterfall and the stairs to take you to the red trail. I was surprised to find so many benches both at the base of the waterfall and at the top! Really nice trail for beginners but keep in mind some parts are rocky!

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Jianning Meng
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WalkingGreat!

Nice easy walks in the wood, with a small stream along the side. It would be more nice with more water. Plenty of shade. A little heavy traffic, but most people did wear masks. Parking lot is tight, can accommodate about 10 cars. It is hard to find parking after 10:30 am on the weekends.

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Syed Abbas
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Ellen Ng
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Very good hike for me and my 19 and 13 year old. We hiked up starting from the right side at the split. If you don't like dogs, beware that people let their dogs run loose. Many dogs were swimming in the stream. Most people have their masks ready to put on when people approach. We had a great time.

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Tina Wong
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Rodelyn Carreon
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Good hike good for beginners

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Lorraine LaHuta
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First hike in New Jersey. Great place to start.

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Jilliann Pagcaliwagan
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Kids and dog friendly for the first mile and stream. A very nice hike. I have never hiked before and this is something a beginner like me would recommend.

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Angella Stefanakis
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Nice and easy trail with great streams. Our dog enjoyed it too !

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Laura Casale
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We veered off the trail a bit. Some of the trail markers were confusing or not there which might explain that. The waterfall was pretty. A bit of a crowd around the water though.

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Ines Leong
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Lots of shade and people are abide to the face covering rule. So great to be out.

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