They don’t call New Jersey the Garden State for nothing! NJ is home to some of the most beautiful parks, nature reservations and mountain preserves in the country. For folks who love to hike — from casual scenic strollers to adventurous mountaineers — Jersey has a vast array of hiking trails as well as opportunities off the beaten path to explore. Below, you’ll find a collection of the best hiking spots in New Jersey arranged by season.

Table of Contents

  1. Year-Round Hiking
  2. Spring Hiking
  3. Summer Hiking
  4. Fall Hiking
  5. Winter Hiking

Year-Round Hiking

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

The Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

New Jersey isn’t just a small, overpopulated, overdeveloped microgiant. For those of us that know “the other Jersey,” the one that lives up to its title as the Garden State, there are tons of ways to escape the rat race and get back to nature. This article seeks to encourage our detractors to go take a hike (in New Jersey). One of America’s most famous trails, the Appalachian, cuts across the state from east to west…

Best Hiking Trails in New Jersey

The Best Reasons to Visit Watchung Reservation

Nestled in the heart of Union County, Watchung Reservation features over 2,000 acres of forest preserve boasting picturesque foliage, woodlands, lakes, fields, streams and more. This spectacular natural resource is home to numerous activities for the whole family, making it the perfect spot for a day trip any time of year. Visit during spring to cool off from the heat or come back in fall as the leaves begin to change colors…


Spring Hiking

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

The Best Spring Hiking Trails for You and Your Dog

Spring is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors, so before the dog days of summer creep along, why not grab your pup and hit a hiking trail? These top picks are based on feedback from local dog owners. Remember, even though dogs are welcome in most of New Jersey’s public parks and recreation areas, pets must be kept on a leash 6 feet or less in length (unless otherwise noted)…

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

The Best Scenic Hikes to Take on Arbor Day

It was Forty-four years ago when President Nixon named the last Friday of April as Arbor Day, a holiday dedicated solely to planting and caring for trees. It was intended to boost the economy and raise awareness about the environment. Nowadays, we have numerous “green” initiatives to help promote and nourish the environment all year round; so why not spend this Arbor Day appreciating the beauty of nature…


Summer Hiking

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

NJ Waterfalls to Visit this Summer

Looking to cool off from summer’s scorching heat? Sure, you can always visit New Jersey’s beautiful beaches to wade in the water. But the state also boasts numerous waterfalls, offering breathtaking views and a welcome respite from the hot temperatures. Most of the falls are located near hiking trails or in state parks, making them great spots for a summer excursion. Click here for our picks of the best places…


Fall Hiking

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

The Best Hiking Trails to Enjoy Fall Foliage

As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state. Below are a few of the best trails, where you can immerse yourself in all of the reds, oranges, and golds that you can handle…

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

Beautiful NJ Parks to Visit this Fall

What better time than autumn to explore all the beautiful parks located throughout New Jersey? The leaves on the trees are starting to change colors and there’s a slight chill in the air. It’s the perfect weather to grab a sweater and enjoy some time outdoors with your friends and family. To help you decide where to spend all that quality outdoor time, here are our picks for 8 beautiful NJ parks to visit this fall…


Winter Hiking

Best Hiking Spots in New Jersey

The Best Spots for Winter Hiking

There’s no need to pack away your hiking boots just because the temperature has dropped. In fact, winter can be the most beautiful time of the year to hit New Jersey’s many walking or hiking trails. Frozen waterfalls and glistening piles of snow will turn your favorite outdoor destination into a winter wonderland. And with no leaves on the trees, the views from atop the state’s mountains can be stunning…


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