Watchung Reservation Trails

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Watchung Reservation Trails is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountainside, New Jersey that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles
354 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

off road driving

trail running


rails trails



wild flowers


21 days ago

I’ve been here a lot. I use to fish the area of watching and plainfield this was my go to place for pickerole and crappie

10 months ago

Maybe we shouldn't have hiked it when it was raining, but a majority of the Purple Trail was underwater. Not like a little creek, but a flowing river lined on either side with thorn bushes. We were soaked to the bone and freezing and again that might've been our own fault for picking the wrong day to hike it, but the trail maintenance was just not there.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Love this trail. It has awesome technical climbs and dry river crossing , however found out by other hikers bikes are not permitted in Watchung, very big shame given the diversity and plenty of options for multi-use activity, maybe that will change one day. Some spots are very rocky. Be careful on rainy days.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The white trail was marked but had too many intersections and side trails that loops back to the main white blaze trail. a large portion of trail was built as horse bridle path, thus a lot of manure landmines all over. The smell is all around during midday hours. The artificial man made reservoir looked more like a swamp with massive brown algae growth. My son informed me that the water lacks oxygen and thus the brown murky color. Make sure you bring bug spray to ward off the mosquitoes and black flies. The trail was leveled and was easy to hike on. Very heavy tree canopy to shade from the blazing sun. All in all, the trail was sufficiently wide for my 2 sons and me to walk abreast and just shoot the breeze and enjoy each other' company.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kid friendly, serene . my first Trail since i moved to US three months back and was all worth. What a way to welcome the spring. MY 10 year old loved it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Good for bird watching and photography opportunities

Friday, August 08, 2014

This trail is more of a one time hike.

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