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21 Awesome Places to Hike in New Jersey

Last updated on October 15, 2019 at 02:48 pm

The outdoors are calling you! Get out of the house this weekend and enjoy the (hopefully) fantastic New Jersey weather. Not sure where to start? There are plenty of great trails to try in the Garden State. Here are 21 awesome places to hike in New Jersey – one for each of our counties. If you know of a great spot, let others know about it by leaving a comment!

Each location offers something different for everyone, so be sure to plan your visit for trail difficulty (some are very easy, some not so much) and park hours.

  • Atlantic: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bergen: Palisades Interstate Park
  • Burlington: Crystal Lake Park
  • Camden: Blueberry Hill Trails
  • Cape May: Cape May Point State Park
  • Cumberland: Maurice River Bluffs Preserve
  • Essex: South Mountain Reservation
  • Gloucester: Ceres Park
  • Hudson: Liberty State Park (great for walkers)
  • Hunterdon: Round Valley Recreation Area (also good for walkers)
  • Mercer: Washington Crossing State Park
  • Middlesex: Cheesequake State Park
  • Monmouth: Hartshorne Woods Park
  • Morris: Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park
  • Ocean: Double Trouble State Park
  • Passaic: Garret Mountain Reservation
  • Salem: Parvin State Park
  • Somerset: Natirar Park
  • Sussex: High Point State Park
  • Union: Watchung Reservation
  • Warren: Worthington State Forest

If hiking isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other New Jersey activities to discover, like these 16 Pick Your Own farms across NJ that have a variety of produce available throughout most of the year. Check out the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, NJ. You can get up close to real wolves. They will usually treat you to a group howl! Check the preserve’s website for hours and fees.

The Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ offers some 42 acres of art and walking trails. For a small fee, you can roam the grounds and check out nearly 300 sculptures.

If you’re just looking for a pretty drive in the Garden State, here are 13 scenic drives to try out. They’re located all over the state, so there’s sure to one close to you!

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