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Watchung Reservation

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A peaceful and relaxing environment

I am lucky to live close to this reservation. It is full of trails and roads to walk on. In the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Amy R
York Harbor, Maine
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Our backyard, and an excellent place for families to live and to visit

Reservation is clean, full of birds and other wildlife, mushrooms, and many other natural elements... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am lucky to live close to this reservation. It is full of trails and roads to walk on. In the fall it is beautiful. There is stretch past the visitor's parking lot, by the Trailside Science Center, on which you can walk on a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amy R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reservation is clean, full of birds and other wildlife, mushrooms, and many other natural elements. Fun windy roads for driving, horse stables, a beautiful long lake, great hikes, a "forgotten" historic village -- this is a true gem ~35 min from NYC (with no traffic).

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Airmax617
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The road to Watchung Reservation is so beautiful. The place is so very nice with nature exhibiting all its beauty. There is a lake very near which is so serene and calm. There is lots of parking available and this place is a must see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank AnilNemani2015
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

So much to do. The hiking trails go for miles. Fishing is fun. Would love to kayak in Suprise Lake. So peaceful. Trailside Museum is a great place to visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeannie B
Reviewed 15 July 2018

OK, I've been hiking in NJ since I was a kid (DH only since we met - lo these 30+ years). We hadn't been to Watchung Reservation in over 25 years, so I downloaded a trail map from the Union County web site. It shows...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank JaxAmerican
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I take my dogs here every day at lunch for their walk. Excellent variety of trails of all levels and very good parking.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank chrishr
Reviewed 11 June 2018

This is a large park and so if you go away from the area around the trail center a lot of the trails are in poor repair, washed out, downed trees, etc. Off of Skytop Dr. there is a bridge that has been collapsed for...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank lonerider1013
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

The Watchung reservation has many miles of hiking trails which are fairly well marked and there are maps showing you where to go. Park also has horse riding, a nature center, large playgrounds, and a lot of offerings for families and individuals a like. I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank coachmikec
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

I enjoy hiking the trails and there are plenty of other things to do/ great playground, horses, museums and fields A true gem of union county!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank coachmikec
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Quite simply in our nations most densely populated state you can get outside an enjoy nature Garden State style. Fishing, hiking, and observing wildlife are just some of the green activities you can do, Enjoy!

Date of experience: October 2017
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12 December 2017|
Response from 4onpark | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs are allowed into the reservation though I am not sure that is the case on the bridal paths. There is a Trailside Science and Nature Center with a website - however Trip Advisor won't allow me to include that site... More
15 June 2017|
Response from truetray | Reviewed this property |
Terry, I do not recall a visitor center - There is Trailside Museum which is a small building at the western edge of the park with displays on the topography and wild life but I do not recall a cafe. It is no where nearly... More