Directions to South Mountain Reservation


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BY CAR:
These directions will get you into the park. Detailed directions to popular locations are below.
From east of the park (westbound) on I-78: Take exit 50 B “Millburn” “Maplewood”. At the end of the ramp, you must go right. Drive through 3 traffic lights, not counting the one at the end of the ramp. At the fourth light (Millburn Ave.), turn left. Drive to the second traffic light (the road makes a turn to the right and becomes a one way street called Essex Ave.). Turn right onto Lackawanna Place, go under the RR tracks, and you come almost immediately to Glen Ave. Across the street and a little to the right is a drive way entering the park with a sign “Locust Grove”. For all other areas of the park, turn left and go to the first traffic light and turn right onto Brookside Drive. (see map and directions below)

From west of the park (eastbound) on I-78 or SR 24: SR 24 joins I-78 1 1/2 miles before exit 49B “Maplewood.” At the end of the ramp you must go to the right on Springfield Ave. (SR 124). At the first light in 0.4 miles, you must take a jug handle to the right in order to turn left onto Valley Street. At the next light in 0.3 miles, turn left onto Vauxhall Road. Proceed 0.2 miles to the next light, which is Millburn Ave. and turn left Then follow the directions as in “From the east on Interstate 78″ above.

From north of the park on I-280: Take exit 7. At the bottom of the ramp turn south (left) onto Pleasant Valley Way and proceed 2.2 miles to the corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Northfield Ave. Turn right for Mayapple Hill, left for Turtle Back Rock Picnic Area, and straight ahead for all other parts of the park (see map and directions below).

BY TRAIN:
Midtown Direct from Penn Station New York City to Milburn on the Morris/Essex train line. Check www.njtransit.com for train schedule. Milburn Train station is 100 yards from the Southern entrance to the Reservation- Locust Grove Trailhead.


POPULAR LOCATIONS:

WILDFLOWER PRESERVE, SCULPTURE PARK, AND DOG PARK
From Brookside Drive & South Orange Ave. intersection, Millburn, take South Orange Ave. east (toward South Orange) about 1 mile, just past traffic light, to Crest Drive on right. Go 0.6 miles to barricade. Turn right into parking lot. (follow the signs to the Wildflower Preserve Sculpture Park, and Dog Park).

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ELMDALE PARKING AREA
From Northfield Ave. & Pleasant Valley Way intersection, West Orange, follow Millburn signs south about 3 miles to Elmdale parking area on right.

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LOCUST GROVE PARKING LOT
From the North, go south on Brookside Drive to Glen Ave. (traffic light).
Turn left on Glen Ave. and drive 0.3 miles to Locust Grove parking lot on left, opposite NJ Transit train station and Millburn First Aid Squad.

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MAYAPPLE HILL PARKING LOT
From intersection of Northfield Ave. & Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, go west on Northfield Ave (uphill) about 0.1 miles to park road on right.

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OAKDALE PARKING LOT
From intersection of Northfield Ave. & Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, follow MILLBURN signs a short distance south on Cherry Lane to first right (OAKDALE sign).

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PAINTERS POINT
About 1 mile south of South Orange Ave. or about 1/2 mile north of Glen Ave., on the east side of Brookside Drive. Park a short distance in on dirt road at foot of open field (no sign).

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TULIP SPRINGS
From Northfield Ave. go south on Cherry Lane toward Millburn 0.8 miles to entrance on left.
ALTERNATIVE: From South Orange Ave go 0.4 miles north on Cherry Lane. Entrance is on the right hand side. Turn to Tulip Springs parking (straight ahead is the Boy Scout Area).

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TURTLE BACK ROCK
From Pleasant Valley Way / Cherry Lane, go east on Northfield Ave pass South Mountain Arena about 0.25 mile to Walker Rd. turn right (traffic light). Park entrance is on right.

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