Recently I was in Watchung Reservation. The weather wasn’t ideal for hiking, but I was in the area and have wanted to go. Because patience is not a virtue I have, I decided to hike anyway (instead of driving back up the following day).
There are plenty of trails in Watchung Reservation. The most famous is the History Trail. It’s about 6-miles and visits sights of historical significance. The Watchung Reservation, itself is about 2,000 acres.
On the site, there are several posts, benches, and historical markers. It starts and stops at the Trailside Nature Center. It’s not a strenuous hike and was rather enjoyable when we went. Parts were flooded out to rain but no big deal.
It starts on a smooth dirt trail.
There were a ton of trees down, as you can see!
When we went to cross the reservoir, it was completely flooded out. I had to hop across branches, and stones, which to be honest not falling was one of my biggest accomplishments of the day.
On the other side, there were plenty of historic sites and small huts and houses that were almost completely gone.
In all, it’s a beautiful and peaceful hike. It’s perfect if you just want to relax with something not too rigorous.
You can see all hikes here.
Questions for you:
Do you like hiking in the rain?
Are there any historic hikes near you?