Six Mile Run Reservoir Site

Park Overview:

Part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park in Somerset County; a hidden recreational resource for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:3037 acres
Park Description:

The Six Mile Run Reservoir Site is one of several "points of interest" along the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. According to the park's website, it is Central New Jersey's " most hidden recreational resource" for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The 3,000 acre reservoir site, rich in cultural and historic significance, is also a valuable oasis of wetlands, forests, farmlands and old fields.

Trails Overview:

Three trails: red for hiking only, blue for hiking, biking and equestrian, yellow for hiking and biking.

  • For a trail map click to enter the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission web site and follow the maps link. As of November, 2008 the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site map was under revision.



The Site's general location is east of Route 206 north of Princeton and south of Somerset. The parking lot is located at 625 Canal Road, Somerset.  More detailed directions.  See also trail map for parking area.  [Google Maps:  "625 Canal Road, Somerset, NJ"]


Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
Region:Central Jersey

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From the "Forums/Hike Recommendations" page


On June 17th, 2009 mitrich says:

The Six Mile Run Reservoir Site has been in the NJ State Park system for quite a while. Six Mile is unique among state parks in New Jersey for its foliage and small hardwoods. This growth is the visible result of the "old field succession" about which we learned in high school biology. Six Mile was taken over by The State of New Jersey about 40 years ago, so that part of the land taken out of cultivation has growth of about 40 years, where as most state parks are much older and no longer show this sort of foliage. It is unique and makes Six Mile a worthy peer of Worthington, Stokes, Ringwood, etc. Six Mile is actually maintained by JORBA, the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association. They have done a terrific job in building and maintaining trails. The trails are very good, and sort of intimate. Here is a link to the latest and unofficial map of Six Mile: [Editor's note: link is broken as of Aug 29, 2009] There is parking off of Rte 27 near the Soccer fields across from Hidden Lakes; also off of Jacques Lane up from Canal Road; and at the old D&R Canal State Park office on Canal Rd near Blackwells Mills Rd. Please come and put your feet to the ground.