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Watchung Reservation, Mountainside

#37 of 78 in Wildlife in New Jersey
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Watchung Reservation is the largest nature reserve in Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is bounded by the city of Summit, the borough of Mountainside, and the townships of Berkeley Heights, Scotch Plains, and Springfield.

The reservation consists mainly of the upper valley of Blue Brook, between the ridges of First Watchung Mountain and Second Watchung Mountain. A dam near the headwaters of the creek creates Lake Surprise.

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  • Watchung Reservation is one a 2000+ acre preserve in New Jersey. It is a geological wonder formed about 200 million years ago when the area was part of a huge continent called Pangea. As Pangea...  more »
  • Nice place to walk. We found the orange trail which was not too difficult for seniors. Trail was well marked. There was plenty of parking. Will go back and explore other trails and areas in the...  more »
  • We love it here. It's so beautiful and serene the horses are amazing the instructor's are great. There is a nice area to sit and wait whilst your child has a lesson , we usually bring snacks with us. Webster and dunken are fabulous horses. The environment is very friendly and welcoming. The horses are treated well and look healthy. The place is kept pretty tidy and poop is usually cleaned pretty quickly.
  • Forest, loop playground, sensory garden, sensory trail, indoor exhibition, everything is so fun and can be fun for different ages. The indoor science center is so well designed and maintained and FREE! I will definitely be bringing my son back for many more times. I so enjoyed watching so many different birds eating at the bird feeders outside of the windows. What a wonderful way to teach and raise awareness of needs of protection for our beautiful nature and creatures live there.
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