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Watchung Reservation History Trail

moderate(341)
Watchung Reservation

Watchung Reservation History Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mountainside, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 442 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Beautiful lake & healthy streams- however it was very muddy, heavily trafficked, and noisy due to roads nearby. There are many trails and all are easily marked which was nice at least

6 days ago

Hiked the History Trail. Saw yellow and purple flowers starting to bloom. The history markers along the trail were fun. I really enjoyed seeing the foundations of old buildings, and have a description of what it was. Climbing into and out of the small "gulch" using the rope and ladder was a bonus. The creek was just beautiful scenery. The thorny plants (I think wild roses, but I'm no botanist, and we survived a few scratches) created a sense of a more dangerous hike than it really was. And we saw squirrels. A fun adventure.

hiking
8 days ago

Easy trail but lots of mud. Started out cloudy and then the sun came out and it was hot and humid. Trails were well marked, there was an interesting river crossing. Would do it again.

Busy trail, very pretty, loud traffic noise close to roads. Nice weekend hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Definitely a nice day hike! Some steep Inclines and descents depending on which way you start! I did the historical trail some parts were muddy other parts were rocky! Definitely an awesome hike will be going more often

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Decent sized trail, numerous routes and overall just calm atmosphere. Little too close a roadway but it’s 95% not near a road.

hiking
muddy
rocky
27 days ago

Watchung Reservation and deserted Feltville. Purple》White》Purple Parked at the Nature Center. Started the purple/pink trail behind the bathrooms and headed downhill. crossed the river by the damn. Continued to the white trail and eventually back to the purple/pink trail. This hike offered quite a bit of variety with lots to see along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was extremely muddy and pretty much washed out in parts. We had to cut our hike short because of the added difficulty. The trail distance might be wrong since we went 5.7 miles even despite cutting off a big part at the end. Would have been a very nice hike if it were dry, but it ended up being much more challenging and longer than we had expected.

muddy
1 month ago

Pretty muddy places, and constant car noise, but it's a wonderful way to learn about a piece of history! Trail is pretty easy but has some beautiful sights to see.

muddy
2 months ago

Very muddy and right next to highway, so there's constant car noise.

hiking
2 months ago

ok

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Very rocky but good trail

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

running
5 months ago

Nicely varied trail that has a bit of everything from rocky ascents to beautiful fields and lake shores. The marking is uneven and in places easily lost, hence a one star deduction.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

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