Six Mile Run Reservoir Trail

Manville, New Jersey 8835

Six Mile Run Reservoir Trail

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"This hike combines the Yellow, Red, and half of the Blue Trails for a variety of habitats and terrain that will keep your dog interested and having fun. The trail runs close to Six Mile Run, a wide, shallow stream with easy access for your dog to have a quick dip in hot weather."

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books)
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"A New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry brochure refers to the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site as “a hidden treasure in Somerset County.” Indeed it is a treasure and virtually unknown. Although the 3000-plus-acres were first acquired as a future reservoir site by the State of New Jersey in 1970, the property— administered by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry—now serves as a marvelous recreation area used by equestrians, bicyclists, and hikers. Stop at the office to pick up a free trail map. If it’s closed, maps are sometimes available in an outside box."

Six Mile Run Reservoir Trail Trip Reports

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Cold, but beautiful day for a quick hike so we ventured off the Six Mile Run. Of all the hiking we have done in NJ, this was our first adventure and certainly wont be out last. It had just snowed 2 days earlier so that help to alleviate some of the mud from a very wet winter. While we only completed a portion of the Red Trail because of some tired children, it certainly offered one of the nicest hikes in a long time. Trailing the stream, some alternating terrain, the cornfields and even a deserted car makes for a great hike. Highly recommend if you are in the area!
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I have hiked the trail three separate times performing the red and blue circuit twice. The trail was in pretty muddy condition as it has been a wet November. I recommend starting with the red trail which is about 1.5 miles of some pretty fun hiking. Expect to step over several dead falls and jump over several smaller streams, there is a chance that you may have to wade through at least one of these before encountering the blue trail. I recommend a hiking stick be used at least for the red trail where the climbs and dips can be pretty slippery.

To continue from the red trail to the blue trail you will have to wade through stream that runs in between them. The shallowest crossing will be over a foot deep so expect to get wet, there is no chance of rock jumping here. The blue path is multi-use and expect to share the trail with mountain bikers and horses. While over twice as long as the red path, the blue path is much easier to hike with a wider trail and better footing.

The yellow trail was flooded on all three of my trips, however I plan on hiking it once it dries up.

Wildlife can be abundant and I recommend bringing a camera if possible. Only on my third trip did I run into anyone else on trail, this was on a beautiful and unusually warm November Saturday.

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2.25 hours
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