Washington Valley Park Trail [CLOSED]

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Washington Valley Park

Washington Valley Park Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bridgewater Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 465 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

hiking
10 minutes ago

Really boring Really easy

hiking
muddy
rocky
24 days ago

This was our first time hiking here. It was a great adventure! It had rained a few hours before so I wore my hiking boots and def recommend hiking boots because it was muddy! It is, however,do able in sneakers (just be prepared to get wet feet! LOL) . We parked at the lot off of Newman lane and started the red trail. We took the interior red circle trail. It took us along the reservoir, beautiful views! Tons of chipmunks, blue jays, and gold finches ! We passed the dam and went out to chimney rock road (looking for the connector to the orange trail). We crossed chimney rock road and made a right walking toward a small gravel patch which we thought was the entrance to the orange trail. BUT IT WAS NOT! When you get on to chimney rock road from the red trail, make a left! Walk up the shoulder and the entrance will be on the opposing side (be careful crossing the road) there is a small entry way next to a guard rail. Because we couldn’t actually find the entry way to the orange trail until we drove past after our hike ,we ended up walking on the left shoulder of chimney rock road. This lead us to an entry way for the white trail, which again had beautiful views of the reservoir! The white trail led us back to the parking lot and we then decided to do the outer loop of the red trail that took us to the top elevation above the quarry area, unfortunately there were no real views. But the hike up was quiet and really lush with tons of birds and chipmunks. We followed the red trail back down along the reservoir and back to the parking lot. Total was around 4.6 miles according to Apple Watch . We had a lot of fun but only gave 4 stars because trails were a little confusing especially connectors between red and orange . We will be back to explore more, now that we know where to go! Definitely give it a try!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Closed right now

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Great fall conditions and park service has done a great job cleaning up the trails. It’s completely OPEN as of 11/19/19.

hiking
muddy
off trail
private property
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Good trail. Beginnings not marked so well just after the parking lot and asphalt path. Went with my 17 year old daughter and 11 month pup. Both enjoyed

hiking
8 months ago

went on Sat 9/7 and the parking lot is barricaded and closed off

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely should read the map. Got lost a few times... nothing bad just had to backtrack a few steps. secondly recommended for people who have been on trails before.

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
Sat May 25 2019

hiking
muddy
Thu May 02 2019

A lot of ticks. With ben and Amanda

hiking
Sat Nov 03 2018

Nice and beautiful

mountain biking
Thu Sep 20 2018

this is an excellent mountain bike trail !

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

It’s a joke this trail is rated moderate. The red and white trails are essentially wheel chair accessible. All the trails are muddy and ripped to shreds by mountain bikers (probably a really great place to bike to be honest). Lots of switchbacks and not a lot of elevation gained. However there are nice views and the blue trail in particular is a pretty nice hike.

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

It’s a nice hike but pretty crowded and not much to see. The lake is a lot smaller then the map shows. Like I said a good hike but just not really worth the drive for nothing special.

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

Flat trail, most parts are wide enough for 2-3 people side by side. Can be very muddy especially on the west of Newman’ Lane.

hiking
Mon Jul 02 2018

There may or may not be cliff diving here and it may or may not be amazing. I want to be clear that I am NOT saying you should jump off any cliffs but you totally should...

hiking
Mon Apr 09 2018

Did a good portion of the orange trail. Was a good work-out, with rocky trails, and good amount of ups and downs. Takes you high above the one waterfall. I was curious, as a new hiker and someone new to this park, how the orange trail compares to the others.

Sat Mar 10 2018

Great hike. Was here the Saturday after the nor'easter storm. Could not complete the red loop to many downed trees. But, there was evidence that the trail was being cleared - to many trees down for a quick fix. Will be back to try again!

Tue Feb 20 2018

Trail currently closed due to construction

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