Watchung Reservation

Watchung Reservation

View of Surprise Lake - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff View of Surprise Lake - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
40.683185, -74.373076

Highlights include Lake Surprise, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park, the Trailside Nature and Science Center, Seeley’s Pond and the Watchung Stables. Sierra Trail forms a 10.8 mile loop.

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...

Park Acreage:

1995.00 acres

Municipality:

Mountainside

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Contact Information

Web Link:

Union County Park, Trailside Nature and Science Center

Phone:

Not available

Fees:

None

Dogs in park:

Dogs on leash

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Trip Reports

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April 13, 2016
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Children
Can we do something about the masses of people that bring there kids to the park? they scream alot and my wife gets migranes easily. How does that sound? it is illegal, but you can not expect to go to a 2000 acre park and not expect some dogs off the leash.  children face fears though childhood and that is the way of life.  If you want to shelter them then there are plenty of more public parks that people will not take there dogs off a leash.  The more remote the location, the better your chance of seeing ANY animal up close.  No one brings there aggressive dog to a park to watch them attack people.  I would be more concerned walking around my  own neighborhood and a dog breaks out of a fence, before i would ever worry about a dog that is behaved enough to be trusted in public without restraint.
goodguy447
January 27, 2016
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Link to Map
The existing map link worked for me, although it was very slow to load.
Phil McLewin
January 17, 2016
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Link To Map Still Not Working
Sorry, but the link to the Watchung Reservation map still isn't working.   Found this one dated 2014 from Union County Park site: http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/trailside-nature-science-center/watchun...
walkwoman
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