Newark/Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ

South Mountain Reservation

This 2,000 acre park offers the best opportunity for extensive off-road and trail running in the area near Newark. The park borders S. Orange, W. Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn, and is about 1 mile up the hill from the S. Orange train station. There’s a good variety for running here, including fields, bridle paths, and more rugged trails. The gentler bridle paths include the ~1.5 mile Longwood/Crest trail and the River Trail between Northfield Ave. & Glen Ave. The more rugged, yellow-blazed Lenape Trail is a 6-mile trail run, and leads to Maple Falls. The path around the Orange Reservoir is 1.7 miles. See the map below.

Essentials
  • Create your own route - see map
  • Hilly
  • Numerous parking areas. South Orange train station is 1 mile from the Reservation