Watchung Reservation

Mountainside, New Jersey

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Historical and natural sights, such as a pine plantation, deserted village, and scenic gorge, abound in this suburban oasis, Union County’s largest park. Wedged between the developed suburbs of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Springfield, and Summit, the Watchung Reservation helps make those towns special places to live. Many a local child grew up exploring, on foot or bike, the marked and unmarked paths on the reservation’s 2,045 acres.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City

by Daniel Case (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Historical and natural sights, such as a pine plantation, deserted village, and scenic gorge, abound in this suburban oasis, Union County’s largest park.

Wedged between the developed suburbs of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Springfield, and Summit, the Watchung Reservation helps make those towns special places to live. Many a local child grew up exploring, on foot or bike, the marked and unmarked paths on the reservation’s 2,045 acres.

©  Daniel Case/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mountainside
Length: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.0 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Watchung Reservation
Local Maps: USGS Chatham; trail map available at trailhead kiosk and online at the Trailside Nature and Science Center website
Topo Map: Watchung Reservation Topographic Map
Guide Book: AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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