South Mountain Reservation

Park Overview:

Wooded hiking trails, picnic areas, and views are the main reasons for South Mountain Reservation’s popularity.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:19 miles
Park Acreage:2047 acres
West Orange/Essex/NJ
Park Description:

Wooded hiking trails, picnic areas, and views are the main reasons for South Mountain Reservation's popularity.  The park's 2,047 acres contain five marked hiking trails, many miles of carriage roads and bridle paths, views of falls, millponds, a popular dog park, and - off in the distance - Manhattan.   Two year-round skating rinks, the Turtle Back Zoo, and horseback riding also draw people to the reservation

Trails Overview:

The five trails ranging from 1.2 to 6.0 miles combine for 19 miles.  In addition there are 27 miles of carriage roads for jogging, horseback riding, & cross-country skiing.  The longest trail in the reservation is the Lenape Trail [yellow blaze].  A trail map is available on the park's web page [see Contact Information below] 

Click here for our description of a hike at this park.


Take Route 280 West to Exit 7/Pleasant Valley Way. Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Way and the reservation is straight ahead.   [Google Maps: "Northfield Avenue and Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ"]

  • Public transportation: Take NJ Transit's Morristown Line to Millburn Station for the southern trailheads in South Mountain Reservation.  NJ Transit Bus #73 runs along the northern end of the reservation.
Contact Information:Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

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Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail

From the New York Times:

"MILLBURN, N.J. — Intricate little fairy houses started appearing in the woods of South Mountain Reservation here about five years ago. 

They were delicate creations made largely of the natural materials one might find in the woods: a chair seat made of an acorn, a ladder of twigs, a seat back fashioned from a fungus fan, a sofa cushioned with moss. 

And they mainly dotted a part of the Rahway Trail in Locust Grove, a short walk from downtown Millburn that draws dog walkers and runners from the surrounding towns. 

There were 20 to 30 of them, new ones replacing old ones over the years, discreetly tucked in a tree hollow or artfully incorporated into a root. They all had a similar enchanting style and looked like the work of one person, but nobody seemed to know exactly who."

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Nice article in New York Times

Check out this nice article on the reservation. The author also mentions the Lenape Trail, a Trail Conference project: