Watchung Reservation in Union County is a 2,000-acre wooded tract where animal and plant life are protected. Highlights of the park include Lake Surprise, 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. Use Web Map link (elsewhere on this site) for a trail map.
Located Within the Reservation the Deserted Village of Feltville features 10 surviving historic buildings, some still occupied. A brief history, a historic photograph, 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 on this site]. GPS Coordinates: 40.683185, -74.373076