South Mountain Reservation

W South Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Updated: 2015-04-12 19:12:11 Short URL:
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.

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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.

Location & Contact Details

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Directions W South Orange Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078
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Other Places found within / connected to South Mountain Reservation are:  Hemlock Falls
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  • Hiking
  • Jogging / Running
  • Walking
  • Dog Park / Dog Area
  • Picnic / Sitting Area
  • Shooting / Archery range
  • Monument
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