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.
Although I-78 traverses its northwestern flank, most of the reservation remains in a natural, wild state, and sound barriers muffle the road noise.
Four short nature trails, ranging from 0.2 to 0.9 mile, 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.
Located Within the Reservation the Deserted Village of Feltville -- church/general store building in photo tab above -- features 10 surviving historic buildings, some still occupied. The church/general building can be viewed in the photo tab above. A brief history, one-mile self-guided tour, and map of the immediate area are available on its web site.
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