South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation, West Orange: Address, Phone Number, South Mountain Reservation Reviews: 4.5/5

South Mountain Reservation
4.5
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Dan
New Jersey928 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
If it wasn’t for the graffiti, trash scattered around and countless dog poop bags it would have been a decent trail. I must have counted over 7 filled poop bags scattered on the side of the trail along with PPE and other “covid-19 equipment.” This place was the worst and the falls were underwhelming to say the least. One and DONE.
Written March 14, 2021
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ1,660 contributions
May 2020
Beautiful park, trails, and reservation, but far too crowded for my tastes. It's acccessible through many forms. That said, there was no adherence to the 50 percent available parking lots and social distancing. There were many big groups on the main trail, many people without masks, a little too comfortable getting closer than six feet. One guy upon looking at our masked selves said, I got a test, I am negative! We didn't engage. We did manage to get some space once we got beyond the main trails and explored some about the park, but we won't be back for awhile.

You can do almost fully paved trails.
Written December 26, 2020
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Norjeff2
West Orange, NJ1,942 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We took a hike starting in the parking lot of tulips Springs. The height is approximately 1.6 miles and takes about an hour. The signage is very good and you will see two falls, one small and one bigger.

This hike is not for those with a stroller or mobility issues. Definitely a good hike for those with pets and children over the age of four. I would rate the hike relatively easy but is not on a smooth surface. It is very shaded and has some nice scenery. In fact, you take the bridge that goes over S. Orange Ave.

If they were a negative to this hike it would be the morons who don’t wear masks despite the signage indicating it is required. I wish the sheriffs office would enforce this and issue tickets.
Written June 7, 2020
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Lou R
Summit, NJ107 contributions
Oct 2019
Great place to view and take picture of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline
Also great place to take night pictures of NYC
Written October 22, 2019
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Ramon G
4 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
It was a fun walk around with friends, relaxing and very connecting to Mother Nature. We will be doing it again.
Written October 8, 2019
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Bobbie K
West Orange, NJ5 contributions
Sep 2019
We enjoy our daily two-mile walks at the South Mountain reservoir. The beautiful views of the reservoir and the surrounding woods allow us to take time out to get our power walk and to de-stress. Whether I'm walking with my husband and our dog or with friends, I enjoy taking the time to photograph the changes of the seasons and to appreciate the turtles, geese, and other small animals we find along the way.
Written September 3, 2019
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Jon C
5 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Essex County did a great job revamping this property. New and clean facilities. Very well kept and safe. Free parking. paddle board, playground, picnic area, and walking path.
Written September 3, 2019
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Sherry I
West Orange, NJ9 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Amazing place! Great for families. Nature is beautiful. Amazing views esp in spring and fall. Clean.
Written September 3, 2019
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Ben L
Millburn, NJ19 contributions
Jul 2018
Within the South Mountain Reservation are two falls located about a mile from the entrance off South Orange Avenue. Hemlock Falls are a dual falls which are wonderful to see and photograph.
Written April 13, 2019
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evyjean
Fort Lauderdale, FL6 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Love doing hikes with our kids. The reservation has vast opportunities for the kids to ask questions which becomes a family project to find the answers often leading to future science projects
Written March 19, 2019
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