Round Valley Recreation Area
Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, or take I-78 east to exit 18 [Route 22 east], follow signs to the park.
GPS coordinates for park office: 40.622758 -74.855036
- Public transportation: Weekday commuter service on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, 2.4 mile walk from the Lebanon railroad station. [Google Maps, will show train station and park: "Round Valley State Park, Lebanon, NJ"]
Weekday commuter service on the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line, 2.4 mile walk from the Lebanon railroad station. [Google Maps, will show train station and park: "Round Valley State Park, Lebanon, NJ"]
Three trails -- some easy, some rugged -- around the deepest body of water in New Jersey
There are three marked trails, totaling over 12 miles. The Pine Tree Trail is hiking-only. The others are multi-use, open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. The Pine Tree Trail and Family Hiking/Biking Trail are short loop trails that begin opposite the entrance to the south parking lot. The 8.3-mile Cushetunk Trail [red] nearly encircles the reservoir - it is not a circular trail. The Lower Cushetunk Trail runs close to the shore of the reservoir for over three miles. Click on the Web Map link on this site for a NJ DEP trail map.
- Also see a description of the adjacent Hunterdon County Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve; access to Round Valley Recreation Area is prohibited from county property.
- There are seasonal fees, see park's web site.
The Round Valley Reservoir was created in the 1960s. It is the deepest body of water in New Jersey at 180 feet. Surrounding the three-mile-long, two-mile-wide reservoir is a 1,288-acre multi-use recreation area, with hiking trails, picnic areas and wilderness campsites [accessible only on foot, by bicycle, or by boat - parking is 3 miles away]. Total acreage is nearly 3,700 including water surface.