South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation

View at South Mountain - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin View at South Mountain - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin
40.763791, -74.287926

Wooded hiking trails, picnic areas, and views are the main reasons for South Mountain Reservation’s popularity.

Wooded hiking trails, picnic areas, and views are the main reasons for South Mountain Reservation's popularity.  The park's 2,100 acres contain five marked hiking trails, miles of carriage roads and bridle paths, views of falls, millponds, a popular dog park (GPS: 40.739838, -74.289856), and - off in the distance - the Manhattan skyline.   Two year-round skating rinks, the Turtle Back Zoo, and...

Park Acreage:

2110.00 acres

Municipality:

West Orange

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Contact Information

Web Link:

Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs

Phone:

(973) 268-3500

Fees:

None

Dogs in park:

Dogs on leash

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Trip Reports

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July 18, 2016
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Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail

From the New York Times:

"MILLBURN, N.J. — Intricate little fairy houses started appearing in the woods of South Mountain Reservation here about five years ago. 

They were delicate creations made largely of the natural materials one might find in the woods: a chair seat made of an acorn, a ladder of twigs, a seat back fashioned from a fungus fan, a sofa cushioned with moss. 

And they mainly dotted a part of the Rahway Trail in Locust Grove, a short walk from downtown Millburn that draws dog walkers and runners from the surrounding towns. 

There were 20 to 30 of them, new ones replacing old ones over the years, discreetly tucked in a tree hollow or artfully incorporated into a root. They all had a similar enchanting style and looked like the work of one person, but nobody seemed to know exactly who."

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Phil McLewin
July 13, 2012
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Nice article in New York Times

Check out this nice article on the reservation. The author also mentions the Lenape Trail, a Trail Conference project: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/nyregion/south-mountain-reservation-in-essex-county-nj.html

Georgette Weir
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