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Watchung Reservation

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Mountainside, NJ 07092
+1 908-277-4115
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Not worth the trip, no mt. biking allowed (in this day and age?) , a lot of the trails poorly taken care of

This is a large park and so if you go away from the area around the trail center a lot of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lonerider1013
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Excellent park for hiking and plenty to do

The Watchung reservation has many miles of hiking trails which are fairly well marked and there are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
coachmikec
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Chatham, New Jersey
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“enjoy nature” (3 reviews)
“union county” (3 reviews)
“picnic area” (2 reviews)
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Mountainside, NJ 07092
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large park and so if you go away from the area around the trail center a lot of the trails are in poor repair, washed out, downed trees, etc. Off of Skytop Dr. there is a bridge that has been collapsed for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Watchung reservation has many miles of hiking trails which are fairly well marked and there are maps showing you where to go. Park also has horse riding, a nature center, large playgrounds, and a lot of offerings for families and individuals a like. I...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

I enjoy hiking the trails and there are plenty of other things to do/ great playground, horses, museums and fields A true gem of union county!!!

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Quite simply in our nations most densely populated state you can get outside an enjoy nature Garden State style. Fishing, hiking, and observing wildlife are just some of the green activities you can do, Enjoy!

2  Thank JerseyJohnnie
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

We have been visiting this place for decades and its still a favorite place to get away from hectic everyday activities. Take the kids on a hike and walk in the woods,you can horseback ride and fish in the streams too, nature is calling you.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I come here with friends to walk the trails. It's quiet... The occasional jogger comes past or other people hiking the trails. We always get lost and end up somewhere new. The trails aren't marked well marked and some are narrow, so try to remember...More

Thank MissDawnAnn
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

A haven of tranquility, peace and refreshment located between Mountainside, Summit, Berkeley Heights, and Scotch Plains is the Watchung Reservation.

Thank mountainside
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The Watchung reservation is outstanding. Being only 23 miles from Manhattan, it is a perfect place to hike and enjoy nature. If you are seeking a picnic area to have a group or family function, the reservation is perfect place to do this. There are...More

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Unfortunately, the trails are in horrible shape because they do not have a high-quality group of volunteers maintaining the trails.

1  Thank aveiss
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

I have hiked here many times over the years. Trails are not well marked or well maintained. This area is heavily used and their are some really nice picnic and play areas but the trails along the lake are really worn. The lake itself has...More

Thank truetray
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Anon8815
11 December 2017|
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Response from 4onpark | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs are allowed into the reservation though I am not sure that is the case on the bridal paths. There is a Trailside Science and Nature Center with a website - however Trip Advisor won't allow me to include that site... More
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TerryTerry507
15 June 2017|
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Response from truetray | Reviewed this property |
Terry, I do not recall a visitor center - There is Trailside Museum which is a small building at the western edge of the park with displays on the topography and wild life but I do not recall a cafe. It is no where nearly... More
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