South Mountain Reservation North Loop

South Mountain Reservation

Turtle Back Rock - Photo by Daniel Chazin Turtle Back Rock - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This circuit hike loops around the northern section of the reservation and passes the interesting Turtle Back Rock.

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Just beyond the parking area, turn left onto the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail. Almost immediately, the orange-blazed Turtle Back Trail joins from the left, and you proceed uphill on a wide path, following both yellow and orange blazes. After passing through a pine grove, you’ll reach a junction where the yellow-blazed trail turns right to cross South Orange Avenue on a pedestrian bridge.

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