Running Trails

The Rahway Trail at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Rahway Trail. The Rahway trail is a 2.5 mile point to point trail in the southern half of the South Mountain Reservation. It’s a moderately difficult trail, with some small rolling hills. It tracks along the Rahway River for a scenic […]

The Orange Reservoir Loop at South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Orange Reservoir Loop. The Orange Reservoir Loop is a paved trail that loops around the Orange Reservoir in the northern part of South Mountain Reservation. It’s approximately 1.6 miles long, and it has distance markers every 1/10 of a mile. The loop […]

The Oakdale Trail and Lenape Loop at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Oakdale Trail and the Lenape Trail. The Oakdale Trail connects two points on the Lenape Trail, forming a 2.5 mile loop that is a moderately difficult trail to run. The loop is fairly hilly, and it includes substantial elevation gain over […]

Turtleback Loop Trail at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of running trails, including the Turtleback Loop Trail. The Turtleback Loop is a moderate difficulty, hilly trail through the northeastern end of the Reservation. It’s mostly single track, dirt trails, and it has about 400 feet of elevation gain over 3.5 miles. It’s a great […]

Valley View and Brookside Drives at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of hiking trails as well as some paved running routes, including Valley View Drive and Brookside Drive. Brookside Drive is a fairly busy road, but on Sunday mornings it is closed to vehicular traffic – providing an extra wide, paved, running and biking route. Together, […]

The Mayapple Loop Trail at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Mayapple Loop Trail. The Mayapple Loop Trail is a short, moderately difficult trail at the northern most tip of the South Mountain Reservation. It’s located in West Orange, north of Northfield Ave. The loop is about 1.6 miles long and it […]

Five Benefits of Trail Running – Why You Should Try It

So you’re not sure about trail running, huh? Well let me tell you about five benefits of trail running and why you should give it a shot. Running through the woods or in the mountains can benefit you in a lot of ways. It’ll make you more resilient as a runner, and the constant hills […]

A Guide to Trail Running: The What, Why, and How

There are three types of runners in the world – those who run on tracks, those who run on roads, and those who run on trails. If you’ve ever thought about trail running, here’s a quick guide with everything you need to know. First, we’ll take a look at the “what” – what is trail […]

The Zoo Loop Trail at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Zoo Loop Trail. The Zoo Loop is a short, moderately difficult trail in the north end of the South Mountain Reservation. It’s located near Northfield Ave in West Orange. The loop is two miles long and it circles the Turtle Back […]

The Interpretive Trail at South Mountain Reservation

The South Mountain Reservation is home to a complex network of trails, including the Interpretive Trail. The Interpretive Trail is in the northern end of the reservation, near Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. It’s a short, easy going trail that connects one of the parking areas to the larger trail network and […]

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