Ever since I moved out here in 1989 I’ve kind of marvelled at how such a lovely spot as the reservoir in South Mountain Reservation could be totally off-limits. Fenced in on all sides, dilapidated grounds, and so on. Two years ago, the county leased the area from the East Orange Water Company, and immediately […]
Over the years we’ve explored the eastern part of South Mountain Reservation pretty thoroughly, but I’ve never gone into the narrow strip west of Brookside Drive. This is eastern slope of “Second Mountain,” a much more wild and forbidding place than the more popular “First Mountain.” No glamorous views of Manhattan, no rivers or streams. Just a steeply wooded hillside with the remnants of a livelier time.