South Mountain Reservation, West Orange

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South Mountain Reservation, covering 2,110 acres (8 km2), is a nature reserve on the Rahway River that is part of the Essex County Park System in northeastern New Jersey, United States. It is located in central Essex County, New Jersey, within portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, and borders South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountains.
Carved from wilderness at the end of the 19th century, designed by Olmsted Brothers, and developed over a few decades, the reservation has changed only slightly through the years. Preserved primarily in its wild state, woodlands abound in a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks tower above streams, creeks and ponds, and waterfalls. Higher points, such as Crater View, offer vistas of the New York and Jersey City skylines, Elizabeth, Union Township, and Staten Island.
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  • If it wasn’t for the graffiti, trash scattered around and countless dog poop bags it would have been a decent trail. I must have counted over 7 filled poop bags scattered on the side of the trail...  more »
  • Beautiful park, trails, and reservation, but far too crowded for my tastes. It's acccessible through many forms. That said, there was no adherence to the 50 percent available parking lots and...  more »
  • Took the kids here to get them out of the house a bit and disconnect for a while. It was so much fun! We went on a “Unicorn search mission” and walked for the better part of two hours. The small creeks and waterfalls are lovely and the road is wide and clean. We came here again after the first trip and my kids can’t wait for the next time. you really need to walk around to appreciate nature at its best and only a few minutes away from "civilization"
  • Beautiful walks. Well maintained and clean. Accessible toilets and paths. Smooth paths easy to navigate in my wheelchair. Easy to use fishing spots. Beautiful scenery. Drinking water fountains, seating/picnic areas and plenty of parking.
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