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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

rails trails

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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6 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.

7 months ago

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9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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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!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

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Monday, March 07, 2016

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016