Round Valley Recreation Area


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Park Overview:

Three trails -- some easy, some rugged -- around the deepest body of water in New Jersey

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:12 miles
Park Acreage:1288 acres
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Park Description:

The Round Valley Reservoir was created in the 1960s.  It is the deepest body of water in New Jersey at 180 feet.  Surrounding the three-mile-long, two-mile-wide reservoir is a 1,288-acre multi-use recreation area, with hiking trails, picnic areas and wilderness campsites [accessible only on foot, by bicycle, or by boat - parking is 3 miles away]. 

Trails Overview:

There are three marked trails, totaling over 12 miles.  The Pine Tree Trail is hiking-only.  The others are multi-use, open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.  The Pine Tree Trail and Family Hiking/Biking Trail are short loop trails that begin opposite the entrance to the south parking lot.   The 8.3-mile Cushetunk Trail [red] nearly encircles the reservoir - it is not a circular trail.  The Lower Cushetunk Trail runs close to the shore of the reservoir for over three miles.

  • Also see a description of the adjacent Hunterdon County Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve; access to Round Valley Recreation Area is prohibited from county property.
  • There are seasonal fees, see park's web site.

Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, or take I-78 east to exit 18 [Route 22 east], follow signs to the park.

  • Public transportation: Weekday commuter service on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, 2.4 mile walk from the Lebanon railroad station.  [Google Maps, will show train station and park:  "Round Valley State Park, Lebanon, NJ"]
Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
Region:Central Jersey
Fees:Some times and places; check with park