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“Nice Bit of Wilderness in the Megapolis” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in West Orange
Certificate of Excellence
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice Bit of Wilderness in the Megapolis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Great views, quick, fun hikes. It is especially great for the panoramic views of the NYC skyline and for taking in the autumn colors. The only issue is that parking can sometimes be difficult.

Visited October 2012
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New Jersey
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96 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Hiking trails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

Best hiking trails located in a highly populated area. Just keep a lookout for black bears. Quite a few have been seen up there lately (June).

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Awesome opportunity for the kids and parents to explore. Great for a walk with the kids. There are lots of people walking their dogs, and clearly an awesome spot for a run.

Visited April 2013
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West Orange, New Jersey
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181 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Lovely for long hikes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

Get your nature fix in this park by jogging, pushing a stroller or biking on the paved areas or hiking on the trails. You'll want to wear hiking boots, or good sneakers because there are lots of rocks and roots but generally gentle ascents and downhills. There are wide carriage trails or narrow individual paths in this wooded wonderland of over 2000 acres right in the heart of urban Essex County, NJ. There are miles and miles of trails, paved walkways and a few picnic areas with minimal amenities.

Visited February 2013
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Novato, California
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48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“As a kid I played here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

So. Mt. Arena was my home away from home! As it was for many kids that lived in West Orange. I moved to California in 64 and return every few years to visit old friends and places. This is one of my favorite places. Spring... the trees in bloom, Summer... Hiking, horseback riding or just a ride on your bike, we use to climb the mountain up to a lookout (not sure if it is still there, too old for that stuff) Fall... The Colors! Winter... Sledding, Skating, OH! Don't forget the Zoo, or the Zip Line. And all the rest of the sights in West Orange!

Visited October 2012
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