Several trail improvements, which aim to make the trails easier to follow, are complete throughout Mountainside Park. The improvements include changing blaze colors and creating new loop trail options.
This "Mountainside Park Before Reblazing" map shows the trail system in Mountainside Park before improvements.
This "Mountainside Park After Reblazing" map shows what the trail system looks like after the April, 2021 changes.
Please take a moment to review these maps, and photograph or print them for easy reference during your outing.
The changes being made to the trail system in Mountainside Park were sparked by a rise in visitation, which has been accompanied by a rise in lost hikers, leading to a persistent need for the services of local search and rescue. This concept of reinvisioning trail systems to create loop trails has already been successfully introduced at Ramapo Valley County Reservation in New Jersey, where reports of lost trail users have been drastically reduced and the overall hiking experience has been greatly improved.
The improved trail options at this very popular day-hike destination consist of the red-blazed loop and the blue-blazed loop.