Round Valley Reservoir Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews

Round Valley Reservoir Loop is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lebanon, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

The first couple miles of this loop are along a paved road. As of summer 2018, users have reported that the last bit of the trail is closed, but there is a detour around it.

2 months ago

Still a good hike as of 11-18, but could be improved. The state needs to tear down junky shed-like buildings (including one with a dead pay phone) at the eastern end of the reservoir. The campgrounds here feel abandoned, and the trail route gets murky through this area. Although county and state trails do not officially connect, you must connect them to complete the loop. Though technically illegal, they are easy to connect. Lovely as Round Valley is, it is a good example of an underfunded NJ state park. Signage is dated, appearance a bit shabby.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail. Lots of side trails gives you some different options. Not much traffic, went on beautiful 60 degree day in early November and had the place to myself.

hiking
4 months ago

Other then 3 miles on the road it was decent

6 months ago

The full Round Valley loop is a mixed bag. Except for the long road portion that you can’t get around, in cool weather with turned or fallen leaves it’s one of the state’s ten best hikes. But summer, with ticks, heat, snakes, seasonal trail closures, and a crappy road walk, it’s a long slog to avoid.

hiking
6 months ago

I went here solo based on reviews and the GPS coordinates take you to the boat ramp. You must have a fishing or boating license to enter and all the trails are closed at this section May-September? I had to go to the main park and it costs $20 if you are from PA, $10 from NJ! The trail is called something else in the park and is not a total loop. I figured it would feature tons of views of the reservoir, it didn’t. There were two spots very close to the beginning that featured great views. I hiked about half of the total trail so maybe it gets better. It was a nice quiet, shady, trail and after the sweaty hike I got to take a dip in the water at the “beach”. I’m still not sure it was worth $20

hiking
6 months ago

Solid trail. Didn't love that a decent portion was on road, but I got that out of the way first. Heads up that the last little bit is actually closed, but you can make your way across by going over the boulders by the lake. Nice that it was in the shade for the most part during the summer!

mountain biking
Monday, December 25, 2017

wonderful trail for bike riding

mountain biking
Monday, December 18, 2017

It is 10.3 miles and 1600 feet of climbing. Great course. I did it after snow storm and it was a lot of fun “little bit challenging but that is what we MTB like it” Highly recommended

Monday, December 04, 2017

Awesome trail

Monday, September 04, 2017

Ok, am confused. We went about five miles in from South lot. Then we took a very close look at loop. Looks like it goes back across water?? Didn’t want to chance the last five with a prospect of doing 20 or so and wife killing me. Any feedback? Does the loop close by taking walk on road back to South lot??

trail running
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful clean trails. Lots of side trails to make this a longer loop if you want. I totaled 17 miles without repeating any trails. The last 2 miles are on road.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This trail is one way 11 miles...

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

recorded wow

mountain biking
6 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

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