Trail

Watchung Reservation - Orange Loop

Mountainside, NJ
Length: 0.80 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 5    Average: 4/5]

The orange trail is one of many trails in the Watchung Reservation, and is very child friendly. Orange trail is a loop that is approximately 0.8 miles from the parking lot.

The trail is narrow at a few parts. I suggest long pants to protect your legs on the narrow sections. There is also one very short but steep climb about halfway into the loop. You will cross 2 bridges over a creek along the loop. My kids love to stop here and splash in the creek for a few minutes when we hike.

There are numerous other trails in the Watchung Reservation. The orange trail intersects the blue, white, and yellow trails. So follow the trail markers closely to stay on orange.

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Trail Features

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

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Shaded Hike, and Visitor Center

The trailhead is located next to the Trailside Nature Center, which opens daily at 12pm. It is a great addition to your hike!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the lot for the trailside nature center. Then, walk down the road (downhill). You’ll pass the trail heads for green and white trails. Orange will be the 3rd trail head on your left as you walk down the road from the parking lot.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 5    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.

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