Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail

New Jersey

Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Morris
Length: 7 miles
Trail end points: Green Village Road and South Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032607
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail Description

The system of trails in Loantaka Brook Reservation are open to hikers, cyclists and equestrians, although the trails are marked as to which uses are permitted on each segment. Loantaka Brook Reservation has four distinct areas: Seaton Hackney Stables, South Street Recreation Area, Loantaka Brook Park at Kitchell Road and the Loantaka Way trail access area. The reservation has more than 570 acres and nearly 5 miles of trails. In addition, there are athletic fields, picnic shelters, playgrounds, fully accessible exercise stations and a lake.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the park at 468 South Street or at 139 Kitchell Road, both in Morristown, NJ.

Loantaka Brook Reservation Trail Reviews

This is the first trail I've ever ridden, and it is a joy. It is conveniently located in a scenic, historic-looking area of Morristown. At points, the surrounding area even starts to look a little farmy. At both entry points, Kitchell Rd and South St, there is ample parking. I've stumbled upon other entry points, as there are many times where the trail meets a street, but I do not know the area well enough to give details.

The trail is fully paved, with areas of gravel snaking out for the more adventurous. These typically find their way back to the main trail eventually. The paths are a little narrow, and there is a need for give and take between walkers, runners, horseback, and other cyclists. The landscape is well manicured, but I recommend being cautious after it rains due to flooding, mud, and downed trees. With the horses (on the gravel trails) you must also navigate around huge piles of poop.

I've gone riding after work on a Friday, and there weren't very many people at all. On a Sunday, however, it does get a little more packed. In both cases, you are still able to experience a few minutes of solitude on the trails every now and then.

I recommend this trail to other novices. It is mostly flat with some very light inclines. The site caters to those with road bikes, and others who want a little grit. This trail would also be a great day's outing for couples and small groups, as there are many benches sprinkled along secluded points. My only wish is that the trails were marked better. Will return many times to this gem.

This is a nice park, if you only did not have to worry about the obstacle course of people. You will spend a lot of time avoiding people - either walkers, runners and cyclists. There is just too many people in this park. This is to be expected as the park is in Morris County. And the asphalt trail is on the narrow side. The amount of parking is decent. If you can find a time with less people on the park, you will enjoy this. But for most weekends, avoid this place.

This is by far my favorite trail in the area. During the week and early Saturday morning it is not overcrowded and walkers do not get in the way. It is extremely well manicured, lots of flat pavement along with dirt, light gravel options to change it up a bit. My only complaint is that there is horse manure left on the trail sometimes

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Girlfriend and I tried it on a Sunday morning. It was impossible to bike because it was too crowded. We tried, but it was just stop, wait politely while crowds passed (walkers), excuse me, sorry... passing on your left... stop again to let a crowd pass... We gave up. I'm sure it's nice for walking, but I'm not sure bikers will get much from this trail.

The trail is narrow. And this trail can get pretty crowded. So for walking, it is fine. But for cyclists, it can be a challenge maneuvering around people.

The quality of the trail is perfect, it's very well maintained. If you are looking for a casual ride, just to enjoy the nature, this trail is for you. The air is very clean and you cannot hear cars at all so it really feels like actual nature.

In terms of workout it doesn't offer much however. We did 7.5 miles without feeling tired, the trail is almost entirely flat.

We did this trail very early in spring, in the first weeks of March and there was a decent number of people. It wasn't very crowded and we enjoyed the ride but if number of people rises substantially later in the season, it will probably be too busy for us.

Nice for family riding but don't go expecting anything technical....

My sons first trail ride on his bike. What a smooth great ride today was, my children rode bikes as I rollerbladed. The path was generally clear and an easy ride. There is one spot for newbies where the hill drops a bit and speed is picked up! Be fore warned, not bad but it does exist and was my sons first crash.

Very nice trail... 7 miles if you do all the paths. Feels like you are in the middle of the forest , very little noise from cars. Fully paved and very good for kids and beginners. Would highly recommend it !

Nice paved trail, rode from South St Park lot(big lot w/bathrooms) to the furthest point on Green village Rd. Was about 4 miles end to end. There are few offshoot trails paved & unpaved so maybe if you add them all up it's 7 miles but not 7 miles end to end. Trails are poorly marked, barely any signage at intersections & little to no markings on what was red trail, blue trail. But nice scenic area, lots of benches to stop.

http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/loantakamain.asp

I loved this trail today. Rode about 9 miles. You feel you are just far enough from civilization yet 3 minutes after driving away i was having Frozen Yogurt in town. A warm day was cooled by shade of trees. Not too crowded on this warm summery Sunday.

My wife and I were looking for quiet ride with less crowds and we found it!!!

Relatively flat - just enough hills to get the blood flowing but not a hard trail for beginners.

Just a couple streets to cross.

We will be back!!!

The section from Loantaka Way to Green Village Road (1.3 miles) has been recently repaved, greatly enhancing the enjoyment of this part of the trail when inline skating.

A nice trail for beginners. A few inclines make for a nice ride. Parts of the trail allow horses so watch for the poop. Parts of the trail are paved but some parts are gravel. Nonetheless, a great trail. Nice place to bring a bag lunch and eat at the picnic tables. Nice wooded scenery. A good to trail if you live within 30 minutes.

This is especially good for kids who are advanced beginners. It was just right for my 8 year old daughter who had been riding her bike for about 6 months. If you park at the north end there are bathrooms and a nice playground.

"I live in Woodbridge, NJ so I had to really give thought to driving about 40 miles for a trail that's only about 4 miles long. I'm glad that I made the trip!

The best part of this trail is the fact that most of the times you seem to be ""deep in the woods."" No car sounds and even the occasional sound of running water. I went on Labor Day and I saw about 6 hikers for every biker, so you want to watch your speed.

The trail has a few ups and downs so you can pick up some speed without meaning to. My bike speedometer had a max reading of 22 MPH. So make sure you have good brakes and know how to use them to slow down!

One of the best short asphalt trails I've ridden ...

Ray"

"Absolutely every bicyclist I’ve recommended this trail to, some from as far away as Brooklyn, NY, has reported back to me that they thoroughly enjoyed riding here. Not one would hesitate coming back again. The Loantaka Brook Reservation trail system is truly a place that no bicyclist, jogger, runner, or walker should miss visiting, even if you’re more than a hour’s drive away.

Bicyclists are restricted to using a well-maintained 4-mile long paved trail that stretches the Reservation’s entire length. Equestrians must use the expansive unpaved trail network, which includes some loops through heavily wooded areas. Pedestrians may choose to wander anyplace within the park property.

The paved trail is virtually flat from end to end. The only inclines are associated with approaches to several short bicycle/pedestrian bridges. There are two street crossings along the entire route; one of them is relatively busy and will require parents with young children to use extreme caution.

Surface conditions along the paved trail range from fair to excellent. Some segments may not be suited for comfortable in-line skating (the nearby Traction Line Recreation Trail is the best location for in-line skating). The surrounding scenery consists of thick foliage in some locations and open fields or sprawling farms in others. There is an unspoiled brook that winds its way back and forth across the trail in many spots.

As you might have guessed, this trail has so much to offer that it is extremely popular. Expect large crowds on any given good weather weekend day, and even a pretty good turnout on nice weekdays too.

A bonus: If you’re a bicyclist and don’t mind riding on local streets, the Traction Line Recreation Trail is no more than a 15 minute ride from one of this trail’s access gates (see posted trail maps within the Reservation).

Enjoy!"

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