Washington Valley Park- Red Trail

Bridgewater, NJ
Length: 1.90 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

The red trail at Washington Valley is a loop that is approximately 1.9 miles long.  There is a second partial red trail inside the large loop that will shorten the hike to approximately 1.6 miles.

The trail surface is dirt and rock and can get very muddy and slippery after heavy rain, particularly at a creek crossing.  You will want sturdy shoes to hike this trail.   The trail is also a popular mountain biking spot, so be prepared to share the trail with bikes.

The first half of the loop passes by the Washington Reservoir, with excellent views of the beautiful water.   The second half of the loop passes through the quiet forest.

The trail is flat and well maintained, and it can be completed at an adult pace in about an hour.   It is also an excellent trail to hike with toddlers if they can walk the full 1.9 miles.  If not, you can hike “out and back” on just part of the loop.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

While walking the red trail loop, you will cross a few small creeks. After a heavy rain, these creek crossings can be a bit slippery. Recommend boots that are water resistant.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Large Parking Lot on Newmans Lane

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

I have been a member of Hike It Baby since February 2017 and became an ambassador in September 2018.  I have two kids (toddler and baby) and have enjoyed being outside with them so much in their young lives.


Trail Map

Getting There

From Rt. 22, take the exit for Foothill Road toward Bridgewater.  Follow Foothill Road for 0.9 miles.  Then, turn right onto Steele Gap Road.  Continue on Steele Gap Road for approximately 1.8 miles.  (The name of the road switches to Newmans Lane.)  The parking lot entrance for Washington Valley Park will be on the right.