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South Mountain Reservation

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Address: So. Orange Ave. & Cherry Lane, (spans Millburn, Maplewood and West Orange), West Orange, NJ 07052
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+1 973-268-3500

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Oasis of Greenery in Essex County

This parkland has something for everyone. There is the Turtleback Zoo which has been upgraded to a truly world-class location. There are picnic areas for relaxing and walking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Short Hills, New Jersey
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Short Hills, New Jersey
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This parkland has something for everyone. There is the Turtleback Zoo which has been upgraded to a truly world-class location. There are picnic areas for relaxing and walking trails in the woods. There are scenic overlooks of the entire area and views of New York City in the distance. There is the Codey arena for ice skating. There are places... More 

Thank Skater741
Midland Park, New Jersey
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trails are great, but my purpose was to take pictures of the NYC skyline, as seen on the website. From the lookout, the trees have grown significantly, and there are NO clear views.

Thank AREEN7
South Orange, New Jersey
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74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We love the South Mountain Reservation. There's a nice dog park, with separate fenced-in areas for big and small dogs. There are numerous hiking trails, with a waterfall as a nice destination, places to skate and cycle. A local treasure.

Thank jeannie2nyc
West Orange, New Jersey
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

South Mountain Reservation is a great place for families to walk or hike together. Good scenery, good workout, great family time!

Thank Janet M
Somerville, New Jersey
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90 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I signed up for a trail run and was absolutely amazed by the serenity and beauty of this nature reserve. The trail run was 10 miles and I actually walked a great deal of it due to the rocks and terrain. Very beautiful for a hike. Many trails, creeks, waterfall....

Thank ThreesonsNJ
South Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Wonderful place to stroll, hike, bike, skate, etc. Wildlife, fauna, flora, beautiful views. Scenery changes with the seasons.

Thank meema69
West Orange, New Jersey
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

beautiful in the fall. went with a group of friends for an impromptu hike. the colors of the leaves were beautiful. the trails were easy to navigate.

Thank Angela N
Summit, New Jersey
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202 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Took the grand kids here for a walk, picnic and watching the dogs romp in the dog park. No cars are allowed from the dog park area to the overlook, so its a good safe place for kids---but do watch out for bikers. Better than average, but not quite up to a rating of "very good"

Thank Jim W
Hilliard, Ohio
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199 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The South Mountain Reservation can be a nearby respite from the day-to-day grind known as "life in Northern New Jersey." From here, one can hike in the former woodlot that once served the Oranges until the Industrial Age when coal became the fuel of choice. It's here, in these sacred woods, that a young asthmatic Theodore Roosevelt learned to appreciate... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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619 reviews
473 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 848 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

There is so much to do at South Mountain Reservation. The Turtleback Zoo, Mini-Golf Safari, Regatta Playground where you will find great rest rooms, Paddle Boating, Clipper Pavilion, Wildflower and Sculpture Park, Dog Park and hiking. When deciding to hike on of the many trails consider downloading a map of the Reservations hiking trails. Yes there are maps at the... More 

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