Round Valley Loop Trail

McPherson, New Jersey

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This trail offers human and dog a very accessible and easy walk along the edge of a reservoir and a pretty hike through a pine plantation on a wide grassy path. The 4003-acre Round Valley Reservoir sits in the bowl of Cushetunk Mountain, formed by underground volcanic magma. At 180 feet deep, it can hold 55 billion gallons of water. The trails are pleasantly popular, even in winter, with other human and canine hikers and a few fishermen, but it is best to avoid the crowds from Memorial Day through Labor Day. With autumn’s changing leaves and cooler days through the awakening of spring peepers, a peaceful walk can be yours and your dog’s. This is a “no-excuses” central New Jersey hike.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

This trail offers human and dog a very accessible and easy walk along the edge of a reservoir and a pretty hike through a pine plantation on a wide grassy path. The 4003-acre Round Valley Reservoir sits in the bowl of Cushetunk Mountain, formed by underground volcanic magma.

At 180 feet deep, it can hold 55 billion gallons of water. The trails are pleasantly popular, even in winter, with other human and canine hikers and a few fishermen, but it is best to avoid the crowds from Memorial Day through Labor Day. With autumn’s changing leaves and cooler days through the awakening of spring peepers, a peaceful walk can be yours and your dog’s. This is a “no-excuses” central New Jersey hike.

©  Mary Jasch/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: McPherson
Length: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Fall, winter, spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Round Valley Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Flemington, NJ
Topo Map: Round Valley Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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