Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers
This hike incorporates sections from multiple trails in the reservation to bring the hiker gorgeous views of what Watchung Reservation has to offer. A nice balance of minor inclines and descents that are appealing to all skill levels.
Park in the lot for "the Deserted Village of Feltville" on Glenside Ave. Proceed east (facing Glenside Ave, go right) on the connector pink trail, eventually passing a wildflower field to the right. The trail hooks up with the White Trail
on the bank of Lake Surprise. At the road, turn right, and just past the boat launch, the trail continues to the right.
After a bit, the trail veers uphill, but there's an unmarked path that continues to the right along the bank of Lake Surprise--follow this trail. Pass the dam, and at the fork, turn left. Meet the start of the Blue Trail
and turn right to head over the boardwalk that crosses Blue Brook. Continue on the Blue Trail
which follows Blue Brook until the Blue Trail
makes a sharp left turn up a steep--yet brief!--climb. This area begins the trek around the gorge.
Continue on the Blue/White trail, and follow the White Trail
to the right once they split, keeping the gorge to your right. At the junction, turn right to follow the Yellow Trail
. After another small section of boardwalk, look out for the pink trail and turn right to get on the Pink Trail
to follow the gorge again. Pass the heart of the gorge and the copper mine ruins.
After following a run-off into Blue Brook, take the wide boardwalk over the brook and turn right to follow an unmarked trail keeping Blue Brook immediately to your right. Soon, the brook will make a hard turn right, so veer left up a short hill and check out the history-marker about Feltville. Turn right and cross the tributary to the brook. Ahead you'll see the "Stairway to Heaven"--follow the steep steps uphill, which end at the Wilcock family cemetery. Keeping the cemetery to your left, follow the white trail markers back to the paved road. Turn right to get back to the parking lot.
History & Background
Sections of this hike are on the History Trail
, which includes placards that document the activities of settlers who lived in the area formerly known as Feltville.
Shared By: Christine Taylor