Mills Reservation with New York City View

Mills Reservation County Park

Outcrop of basalt rock along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Outcrop of basalt rock along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike circles this park and reaches a panoramic overlook that includes a peak of the New York City skyline.

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The 157-acre Mills Reservation, an Essex County park, is a wooded oasis surrounded by suburbia. Situated atop the Watchung mountain range, the park is maintained in its natural state, with a network of woods roads and footpaths. This hike circles the park on footpaths, following the red-blazed Reservoir Trail and the blue-blazed Eastview Trail.

Just beyond the southwest...

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Trip Reports

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January 27, 2013
0 Mills Reservation Virtual Tour!
Take a virtual tour of Mills Reservation at & then head to the reservation to check it out for yourself! Plenty of Pictures!
September 20, 2012
Nice area
Visited this area for the first time today and did some running. Used all marked trails except the Yellow. All trails are well-marked, easy to follow, and in great shape. Don't know what the area is like at other times of the year, but i did not see any water at all. It would be nice if there was a detailed map available, as there are many unmarked trails and woods roads as well as the marked trails. Use caution if going by public transportation- although the reservation is quite close to the train station, the walk between the two is mostly on the side of the road, with almost no shoulder in some spots.
Michael K7
June 20, 2010
The circular platform noted
The circular platform noted several paragraphs down has been identified by locals as the base of an old aircraft-spotting beacon from WWII.
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