Watchung Reservation Trails

Watchung, New Jersey

3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
1 Review
3 out of 5
The Lenni-Lenape Indians referred to the area that lies between two ridges as the Wach Unks, meaning “high hills.” We know them today as the Watchung Mountains. On the trails, you’ll be able to spot deer, birds, and wildflowers while walking beside a beautiful babbling brook. An added bonus is passing through the remains of Feltville, a nineteenth-century village ruled by David Felt. Until an archaeological dig in 2004, Felt was believed to have lived in a mansion away from the village. Now, thanks to evidence found in the dig, Matthew Tomaso, the center’s associate director, says he is “100 percent certain” that Felt lived in the village in a modest house “among his workers,” in this paper-manufacturing village. After the hike, plan on exploring the Trailside Nature and Science Center, adjacent to the parking area. Enjoy a nature film, lecture, or planetarium show; browse various exhibits including live reptiles, pond life, geology, and local plants; and watch birds in the observation area. Outside are compact herb, wildflower, and butterfly gardens.
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

The Lenni-Lenape Indians referred to the area that lies between two ridges as the Wach Unks, meaning “high hills.” We know them today as the Watchung Mountains. On the trails, you’ll be able to spot deer, birds, and wildflowers while walking beside a beautiful babbling brook. An added bonus is passing through the remains of Feltville, a nineteenth-century village ruled by David Felt. Until an archaeological dig in 2004, Felt was believed to have lived in a mansion away from the village.

Now, thanks to evidence found in the dig, Matthew Tomaso, the center’s associate director, says he is “100 percent certain” that Felt lived in the village in a modest house “among his workers,” in this paper-manufacturing village. After the hike, plan on exploring the Trailside Nature and Science Center, adjacent to the parking area. Enjoy a nature film, lecture, or planetarium show; browse various exhibits including live reptiles, pond life, geology, and local plants; and watch birds in the observation area. Outside are compact herb, wildflower, and butterfly gardens.

©  Arline Zatz/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Watchung
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Trailside Nature and Science Center
Topo Map: Watchung Reservation Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

Trail Photos

Got photos of this trail? Upload Now
View All Photos

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2010

Trails were not continuous- broken up by roadways. Nothing exciting to see...

View All Reviews

Activity Feed


Added Huntington Beach Trail to wishlist

Added Discovery Lake and Hills Loop to wishlist