Hike along open fields and through forest in this small Somerset County park.
Miles: 3.6 out-and-back on BLUE trail to junction with YELLOW. Easy packed dirt, minor hills. Trails are multi-use.
- Longer: 7.6 miles: out-and-back on BLUE trail to end at RED
- For info on other trails see the “Six Mile Run Reservoir” page.
- Nearby: 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.
Our two cents: This is good for a short hike or a snowshoe/cross-country ski option in central NJ – but not worth driving from far away for.
A lot of the trail skirts fields, there aren’t any grand viewpoints or destinations, and loop options are limited due to trail layout. If you prefer not to share trails with bikers, this isn’t the park for you.
Print the trail map ahead. There was a trail kiosk but it may not contain maps.
Parking: N40 28.462 W74 34.252
Porta-john in the parking lot.
Overview: BLUE to the junction with YELLOW, and retrace. The trail is marked somewhat sporadically because it is usually obvious where it’s going.
0.0 – A sign for BLUE is at the end of the parking lot – when driving in, it is on the left side.
Follow BLUE as it curves through open fields before entering the woods.
0.8 – Follow BLUE as it curves to the right at a small fenced enclosure (used to study the impact of deer on the area.)
1.8 – At a brown plastic wand marked with BLUE and YELLOW, turn around and retrace your steps for a 3.6 mile hike.
BLUE continues further if you like. While YELLOW is indicated here to the right, it goes through an often soggy area that is no longer appears on the map or is blazed (spotted one faded mark).
We followed a path worn in the snow.
Check the trail blog entry below for info on this longer hike.
Hiked: 1/24/16. (Snowshoe)
Hiked: 1/26/14. Trail Blog: “Six Mile Run – Blue and Yellow in the Snow“