South Mountain Reservation

Springfield, New Jersey 07081

South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The largest park in Essex Country, South Mountain Reservation encompasses over 2,000 acres of land, including 19 miles of blazed hiking trails, numerous picnic areas, a zoo, an ice rink, and sweeping views across Arthur Kill and Newark Bay to Staten Island."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Daniel Case
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"Walk in George Washington’s footsteps and follow the upper Rahway River in Essex County’s largest park. Today, the Hobart Gap between Summit and the part of Millburn Township that Stewart Hartshorn developed into Short Hills in the twentieth century carries the busy Route 24 freeway along the Essex–Union county line. But in the late years of the American Revolution, this break in the Watchung Mountain ridges was a strategic hot spot patrolled by nervous local militiamen." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
Mar through Oct
South Mountain Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS Roselle and Caldwell, NJ; DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer, p. 32. Maps are also available by mail for a small fee from the South Mountain Conservancy (see Hike Information).
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Dec 2018