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Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

Recently, I found myself in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  Phillipsburg doesn’t get a lot of attention in the Garden State.  It’s an area northwest of Trenton and an area that is truly considered “the Garden State”.  I decided to take a walk at the 650 acre Merrill Creek Reservoir.  The reservoir is a man-made lake with a dam constructed in 1986-1987. A surprising fact is the construction cost $217 million and was one of the largest construction projects in the US.

Merrill Creek has plenty of space and can be used for running, hiking, cross-country skiing, and photography. If I was local it would be somewhere I would run. There are several loops but I chose to walk around the 5.5-mile perimeter loop.  It’s fairly flat and well maintained.

There are beautiful views of both the reservoir as well as mountains in the background.  If I lived close by, I could see myself running there.  It was quiet and there were only a few others on the trail.


Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

The bark peeled off means a bear got to it :O

The trail was a bit flooded over in one small section

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

You could walk over the dam

Walking Merrill Creek Reservoir

In all, it was a lot of fun and a short easy walk. It took about 2 hours to complete.  If you’re looking for something easy, scenic, and fun, the Merrill Creek Reservoir is a good option.

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Questions for you:

Have you ever walked around a reservoir

Where is your favorite spot to hike around you?

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