Top Hiking Spots in NJ
In honor of New Jersey's diverse landscape, we've compiled a list of our favorite hiking trails:
1. Mount Tammany, Delaware Water Gap
The steep and rocky terrain make this a challenging hike, completely worth it for the incredible and panoramic views of the Delaware River and Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania. Mount Tammany is one of the most popular hikes in New Jersey, so you will want to get there early to avoid parking insanity.
2. Buttermilk Falls, Delaware Water Gap
If you wish to extend the hike, Buttermilk Falls then continues on a steep uphill climb to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where you'll find beautiful views of the valley.
3. Stairway to Heaven, Vernon
Many hikers will embark on their journey to Stairway Valley starting at Pochuck Valley and ending at Pinwheel Vista. It starts off with a hike along Pochuck Valley's flat wooden planks, which then ascends to a suspension bridge.
4. High Point State Park, Sussex
High Point State Park features more than 50 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling.
5. Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands
Karen Livingstone, public information for Monmouth County Parks, said Hartshorne Woods Park is one of the most popular in the county.
6. Hacklebarney State Park, Chester
Other hikes for beginners, McClennen said, include Cheesequake State Park in Matawan, Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah, Wells Mills County Park in Waretown and Cattus Island County Park in Toms River.
7. Norvin Green, Ringwood
Located in the Highlands region west of the Wanaque Reservoir, Norvin Green offers rugged hikes and a beautiful view.