Round Valley Recreation Area

1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road, Lebanon, New Jersey 08833, Hunterdon County

Round Valley Recreation Area At A Glance...

About Round Valley Recreation Area

The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.

Round Valley is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. The campers' parking lot is three miles away from the nearest site, reachable by a steep and rugged trail. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months.


Some of the description on this page was borrowed from


  • Activities:
    • Equestrian / Horseback
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
      Rugged trals, along with some easier ones near the rec area.
    • Jogging / Running
      Trail running
    • Mountain Bike
      Very Tough Trails
    • Paddling - Kayak, Canoe, row boat
      Kayaks / Canoes / Boats / Sailboats .. everything
    • Skiing / Snowboarding
    • Swimming
    • Bathrooms
    • Boat launch
    • Nature / Environmental Center
    • Picnic / Sitting Area
    • Grills / Firering
    • Picnic shelter(s)
    • Picnic tables
    • Playground
    • 0-0 All Campgrounds and RV parks
      Primitive sites
    • Group Camping
    • Hike-to / Remote camping
    • Rugged / Rocky
      Trails around reservoir are tough.
    Park Type:
    • Playground
    • Recreation
    • Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)

Contact / Location

Primary Address:
Directions 1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road
Lebanon, New Jersey 08833
Hunterdon County
Maps & Brochures:

Trail & Path Info

There are three marked trails at Round Valley: the Cushetunk Trail, which accesses the campsites, the Pine Tree Trail and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail. All trails are accessed from the South Parking Lot within the Day-use Area. Trails are opened year-round. Visitors should plan their trail activities so that they will be out of the park by closing and are reminded to stay on the path. Wandering off causes erosion, damage to vegetation and may, in some areas, result in trespassing onto private property. Fires are not permitted along the trails. Pets must be leashed at all times, and owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Drinking water is available along the lower service road located in the campground.

The nine-mile Cushetunk Trail and the three-mile lower service road are multi-use trails that pass through open and heavily wooded areas. The Cushetunk trail surface is rugged, rocky and steep in places which makes it more suitable for experienced hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Users must follow the same trail back as it ends at the Water Supply Authority's Restricted Area and therefore, has no outlet.

The Pine Tree Trail is approximately a one mile loop and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail is 1/2 mile loop. They pass through pinewoods and are ideal for young children, birdwatchers, and seniors. The Pine Tree Trail connects the day-use area with Division of Fish and Wildlife property.

There is a fourth unmarked water trail that is approximately 1 1/2 miles. You can access it from the campers boat launch area.

There are no trails that completely circle the reservoir.

Hours / Season of Operation

November - February: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please visit their site for any updates and closings.

You may also like...

Related Groups / Organizations

Below are a few groups that we have connected to Round Valley Recreation Area. If we are missing any, please let us know

Post Comments

Fun places To Explore

Recently Added

Recently Updated

Ocean County Park

Lakewood, Ocean County, NJ

Ninja Beach (Opening Soon in Boro!)

Point Pleasant Boro, Ocean County, NJ

Get Up, Get Out and Go Explore New Jersey!

Find time every month... every week... and even every day to get off your couch and get some fresh air. Head to a local park or just walk around your neighborhood. Do anything besides sit there and stare. Go stretch your legs and find your next adventure.