Trails pass through forests, pines, open fields and along Six Mile Run river in this small multi-use park in Somerset County.
4.4 miles. Easy to moderate trail surface, some small hills.
- Longer: 6 miles: Keep on RED to where BLUE starts, then turnaround and retrace your steps.
- Even Longer: 11.7 miles: RED to Canal Rd to WHITE to RED to ORANGE, see “Six Mile Run Reservoir – Somerset County“.
- Nearby: Six Mile Run – Canal Road, Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, Butler Road Natural Area
- Nearby: Biking: D&R Canal – Blackwells Mills to Demott Lane; and D&R Canal Kayak – Blackwells Mills.
Updated 3/16/15: Replaced the original hike from this parking lot with one that is more manageable than the previous out-of-date description for a 11-miler. The longer loop can be found at the link above.
Our two cents:
We recommend skipping the ORANGE trail even though it’s an obvious choice to make a loop and not have to retrace your route.
It passes through a very nice area of pine trees but the trail has been created for biking and is very twisty, almost looping onto itself in places.
We found it tedious to hike. Keep a heads up for bikers, there can be a lot. We’ve been here in frigid temps and seen quite a few – even encountered one in deep snow on fat tires.
Print out a map ahead.
None of our books have this park, except for a brief description found in the The New Jersey Walk Book.
This video includes the entire longer hike:
Parking: N40 27.375 W74 30.843
There are 3 parking areas. This hike starts from the large parking lot on Rt. 27 South, on the right side, a few streets down from Rt 608/Cozzens Lane, there is a brown trail sign.
There is also a parking area on Jacques Ln, and the main park office on Canal Rd (check the trail map).
Porta-john in the parking lot. The Jacques Ln lot had nothing.
Overview: This hike is an out-and-back on RED.
0.0 – The RED trail starts on the left corner of the lot (if your back is to the road).
0.7 – Shortly after passing a power line clearing, turn left and continue following RED. [ORANGE goes straight here.]
1.5 – Continue following RED. [ORANGE comes in from the right]. Cross a wooden bridge shortly after.
2.1 – Pass a large chimney, the ruins of a structure.
2.2 – At the concrete bridge, turn around and retrace your steps on RED.
Hiked: 3/7/15. Snowshoe.
Hiked: 1/10/10. Long route. Trail Blog: “Six Mile Run Reservoir – Somerset County”