Parts of the trail are rocky. Be careful you don't trip. Some of the low lying points also get wet easily and turn to mud, so avoid the trail after heavy rains.
The trailheads for the Oakdale Trail begin and end on the Lenape Trail
, but it's most commonly accessed from the parking lot across the street from the Orange Reservoir Loop
. From there, you can access the Oakdale Trail and choose to head either north or south. At the end of the trail, you can connect to the Lenape Trail
to loop back around.
The Oakdale Trail is a narrow trail with several steep hills. If you travel south, the hills will be somewhat more gentle and climb over a longer period. The northern end of the trail has a very steep decline.
The beginning of the Oakdale Trail is near The Crag, and it offers a scenic overlook of the Orange Reservoir and the South Mountain Reservation.
The Oakdale Trail connects to the Lenape Trail
, which offers access to other trails, like the Mayapple Loop
. You can also easily access the Orange Reservoir Loop
from the origin point at the parking lot.