Sount Mountain Reservation Hemlock Falls Trail

Newark, New Jersey

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Thanks to the Sierra Club and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail will eventually cover 30 miles and link dozens of county, municipal, and historical areas. This hike, open only to foot traffic and cross-country skiing, begins on the first completed segment of the trail at the western corner of the South Mountain Reservation. The trail rambles over the same land George Washington surveyed during the Revolution, when he realized the mountain range we know today as the Watchungs would offer his troops perfect cover from the British. You’ll be crossing many scenic streams, where you’ll see water tumbling over boulders. Hemlock Falls creates an impressive cascade, especially after a heavy rain or snowmelt. There are also scenic overlooks and dense woods chock-full of plants and wildlife.
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

Thanks to the Sierra Club and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail will eventually cover 30 miles and link dozens of county, municipal, and historical areas. This hike, open only to foot traffic and cross-country skiing, begins on the first completed segment of the trail at the western corner of the South Mountain Reservation.

The trail rambles over the same land George Washington surveyed during the Revolution, when he realized the mountain range we know today as the Watchungs would offer his troops perfect cover from the British. You’ll be crossing many scenic streams, where you’ll see water tumbling over boulders. Hemlock Falls creates an impressive cascade, especially after a heavy rain or snowmelt. There are also scenic overlooks and dense woods chock-full of plants and wildlife.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newark
Distance: 5.25
Elevation Gain: 440 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Essex County Department of Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Sount Mountain Reservation: Hemlock Falls Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2010
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This was a fairly decent trail. It's greatest advantage was that it was so close to the NY metropolitan area. In general, the trail was well marked, though there were times when we lost it. If you find that you are walking for a while without seeing any blazes, then you may have gone off the trail and you should backtrack. We took the white trail up and the yellow trail back. The falls were a nice destination, but were not much more than a trickle. We got lost twice; one time we hit a road, and then back tracked (the trial forks before the detour to the road - the correct path is across the stream on the natural rock bridge). At the end of the trail (the yellow side), the trail follows a paved road. At some point we were supposed to turn off that road, but we weren't paying attention and walked too far, so be aware of that. Highlights of the trail include: wild raspberries, moderate climbs and declines, scenic vistas. All in all, a good experience.


11/19/2009
1

Great trails with a ton of scenery. A little confusing with the blazes, but overall and excellent moderate hike through beautiful woods. I would suggest parking in the parking lot off of Pleasant Valley way, right after route 10. Follow the white trail to the left and see the waterfall and a lot of beautiful scenery. Great place to bring a dog, just make sure you check for ticks afterward!


6/13/2009
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Starting the loop described in the pamphlet on the white blazed Rahway trail, with a 15 min. lunch stop, it took me 165 minutes to complete alone. It was not a very challenging hike, but long. It's a good one for children, first timers and/or flat landers. The mainly flat Rahway trail followed the river and brushed a few pond inlets here & there. It was somewhat scenic with alot of visible tree roots & water lillies. The falls were nice. The trail back to the parking lot was more up & down in the hills with alot of creeks & very scenic interior valley views, more like what I call a hike. From the southeastern fringe, there is a very nice lookout over the town of Millburn, NJ below. A nice local "not far away" hike for me, but in grade K compared to the North Jersey Ramapos's or Breakneck Ridge in NY State


8/18/2006
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We started near the Millburn train station and followd the yellow (Lenape) trail uphill. Blazes seem to end after the trail meets a wide paved road. We followed the road for a long distance, but never saw the continuation of the blazes. I'm assuming that if you just keep going on the paved road you'll eventually pick up the yellow blazes again... but it seemed very sloppy to me. Next time we'll use the white blazed trail to get to the waterfall.


2/20/2006
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South Mountian Reservation offers to North-Eastern New Jersey residence a convient place to hike with children and/or the family dog.



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