As the largest park in the Essex County Park System, the Reservation is a unique 2,110-acre public land. Endowed with hills, rivers, and woodlands, the Reservation has been preserved primarily in its wild state.

It offers 50 miles of trails and inspiring scenery: vistas of New York City, a dramatic 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, the cascade of Maple Brook in the deep woods, and millponds, streams, and picnic areas and open fields in the interior valley.

After more than 100 years, it remains a green island in the midst of a sea of urbanization.

Things to See & Do

  • Olmsted designed landscape
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Dog Park
  • Washington Rock Lookout Historic Site
  • Picnic areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Carriage roads for jogging, horseback riding, & cross-country skiing.
  • Girl Scout camp
  • Archery range
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife refuge
  • Wildflower Sculpture Park
  • South Mountain Recreation Complex

Related Groups / Organizations

Though this location is managed by the Essex County Parks department, the South Mountain Conservancy is dedicated to preserve, protect, and enhance the South Mountain Reservation through active stewardship, advocacy, and education.


Within the northern section of South Mountain, you will find the South Mountain Recreation Complex. This includes the Codey Arena, Mini-Golf Safari, The Waterfront, TreeTop Adventure Course, and the Turtle Back Zoo.

Amenities / Features of South Mountain Reservation:

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Parks and Natural Areas
County Parks
Dog Park
Park (General)
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All Activities
General Amenities
Trails / Trail Information
Equestrian / Horseback
Jogging / Running
Trail Running
Watching your pups play
Archery Range
Dog Park / Dog Area
Fishing Pond
Picnic / Sitting Area
Picnic tables
Shooting / Archery range
Special Amenities
A !Washington Rock Lookout Historic Site
B !Wildflower Sculpture Park
Special Buildings / Structures
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Northern NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Gateway (Berg, Ess, Hud, Mid, Pas, Uni)
Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.7472
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.2930
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: South Mountain Reservation
Special Connections
County Park Systems
Essex County Parks
Trails / Trail Information
Specific Note !Many miles of trails throughout the park
Other Destinations found within / connected to South Mountain Reservation are: Hemlock Falls

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