Round Valley Reservoir

Lebanon, NJ
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rvr is a 12 mile trail located near Lebanon, New Jersey. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking.

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Did nearly 15 miles out and back and around a bit as a season-warmup last weekend. Moderate difficulty, a few places of more challenging terrain. Spotty snow/ice on the ground made for some interesting slopes :) Overall a good interesting warm-up hike.

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Great trail. Rocky terrain but it adds to the challenge. We hiked a total of ten miles, it's not a round about so in and out. We took the cushetunk trail in for five miles, on the way back we used the camping trail. It sits lower easier terrain and more scenic. Not crowded more MTB than hikers. 18 miles total that is our next challenge at round valley.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

A very good hiking trail which gives very pretty views of the reservoir. Not as difficult as this website suggests though it is long and there are spots it gets a bit difficult.

The trail starts at the parking lot with very good views of the reservoir. The first 5-10 minutes on the trail is quite pretty and if you are walking with youngsters this alone makes a good place to take them.

As you continue you enter into the woods more with few sights to see. Occasionally I see a fox who near where the power/gas lines first crosses over the trail.

As you continue along the trail you eventually start to see the primitive camp sites. There is potable water at these sites but be forewarned that recently there have been e-coli issues with the water. Normally there are plastic signs warning you about this attached to the spigots if there are issues but they aren't always there. Bring your own water just in case.

After 3-4 miles in you should start to see the reservoir again and be able to walk down to the water's edge. Not a bad place to take a panorama shot if you like.

The trail also splits off into an upper and lower trail around here. The lower trail obviously gets you closer to the water's edge. You can take the lower edge and come back the upper trail (around the 6 mi point near the beach).

At around 6 miles you will come to a clearing where there is a 'beach'. It is a small bit of sand along the water. Not really big enough to be a beach but some of us call it that as a joke. It is easy to spot since there is a light tower (to warn boaters of bad weather) nearby.

As you continue you will see more primitive campsites and get some decent views of the reservoir. If you plan to camp over here take a look at the various campsites you would like to camp at so you can reserve it later.

As I said it isn't a difficult trail but there are a couple of sections that can be a bit strenuous. Probably the worst part coming back after passing the southern dam. There is a steep climb over dirt/stone mix along the power lines.

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