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|Park Overview:|| |
Highlights include Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park, the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Seeley’s Pond and the Watchung Stables. Sierra Trail forms a 10.8 mile loop.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Bridle path, Handicapped|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||13 miles|
|Park Acreage:||2000 acres|
|Web Map:||Watchung Reservation Trail Map|
|Buy Book:||Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide |
|Park Description:|| |
Watchung Reservation in Union County is a 2,000-acre wooded tract where animal and plant life are protected. Highlights of the park include Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park, the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Seeley's Pond and the Watchung Stables. Opened in 1941, The Trailside Museum was New Jersey's first nature museum - and the building has since been considerably updated.
Although I-78 traverses its north-western flank, most of the reservation remains in a natural, wild state, and sound barriers muffle the road noise.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Four short nature trails, ranging from 0.2 to 0.9 miles are near the Trailside Nature & Science Center. The Sierra Trail [white square blaze; 10.8 miles] forms a loop that encircles the reservation. Various connecting trails can be used to fashion shorter loop hikes. The park's web site has a Watchung Reservation trail map in color
Take Route 22 to New Providence Road in Mountainside. More specific driving directions are on the park's web site [see Contact Information below]. [Google Maps: "452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ"]
NJ Transit bus #114 from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the intersection of US 22 and New Providence Road in Mountainside; but hikers must walk uphill 1.4 miles to reach the reservation
|Contact Information:||Union County Parks and Community Renewal, Trailside Nature and Science Center |