Hike at Mills Reservation



2 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type


Added by Lil Nature Club

Need a dose of vitamin nature? This is the perfect place.

Mills Reservation is over 150 acres of wooded area located off of Normal Ave. near the Cedar Grove reservoir. Parking space is limited due to the small size but there is another hidden lot towards the back if you make a right out of the parking lot and then the first right turn onto Highland Ave. Drive down about 1 mile until Windsor Pl. and make another right turn. Go straight until the end and make another right turn onto Warfield St. This secret lot is at the end of the street and conveniently overlaps the Lenape Trail.

This nature reserve is family friendly, heavily shaded during the summer, and easy to navigate the trails. There is a map at the trailhead so you can pick and choose which way to hike. The blue trail will lead you up to the top where the NYC skyline is visible on a clear day. The red trail, which runs parallel to Normal Ave., will lead you towards the back of the reservation near the other parking lot. For beginners, the main trail is best which is about a 2 mi. loop around. The colored markers are clear throughout the reservation.

It is safe, clean, quiet, and visited by nature lovers, hikers, and dog walkers alike. Keep in mind that weekends can be busy. This little hidden gem is worth a visit with your friends and family if you are in the area.

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Known for

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly



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Good for family hikes

Ideal for a short walk to enjoy with toddlers / babies. We took our 2yr old in the stroller and the baby in the carrier + our dog... yep full family 😊

Correction To The Second Parking Lot

Please note that the other smaller parking lot is located on Edgecliff Rd. Proceed down Highland Ave. (as noted above) until Bradford Ave. Then it's the first right turn onto Edgecliff Rd. Parking is available on the right side at the end of the road.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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