South Mountain Reservation

Upcoming Events at South Mountain Reservation

Feb 25
The #1 Zoo in New Jersey is Now Hiring! Join our team at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex & Turtle Back Zoo including Mini-Golf, Waterfront & Tree Top Adventure Course, 560 Northfield Av...


The South Mountain Reservation, covering 2,110 acres, is a nature reserve that is part of the Essex County Park System. It is located in central in portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange, and borders South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountains.

Size:  2112 Acres
South Orange Avenue and Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ 07052
Distinguishing Features
  • 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