Best Hikes in NJ

best-hikes-in-nj-125x125Trail maps, photos, videos, and info for some of the best hikes in (and near) New Jersey.

Also try our NJ Hiking Trailhead Locator Map for a map overview of hikes covered on this site, and NJ Hikes for a list of more hikes in New Jersey.

Listed in alphabetical order:

  • Apshawa Preserve – Passaic County
    Butler reservoir, waterfalls, a dam, ruins… and even a brief glimpse of the NYC skyline.
  • Atsion to Quaker Bridge Wharton State Forest
    Some of the prettiest sections of the Pine Barrens along the scenic Mullica River.
  • Bearfort Ridge/Surprise Lake – Abram S. Hewitt S.F.
    Scenic ridge and lake views, rugged trail surface, minor scrambling, and a rhododendron tunnel.
  • Black River Trail Cooper Mill; Morris County
    Pretty hike in the Black River Gorge with a sidetrip to the ruins of Kay’s Cottage.
  • Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, Hemlock Pond Delaware Water Gap
    Start at NJ’s highest waterfall, then hike the Appalachian Trail to Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond.
  • Cheesequake State Park Green Trail
    Pleasant hike over rolling hills and through beautiful marshlands using numerous boardwalks.
  • Four Birds Trail Wildcat Ridge
    A rugged trail through a very pretty area, with views from a hawk watch.
  • Grand Loop Trail – Jockey Hollow; Morris County
    Easy trails, along streams and rolling hills in part of Morristown NHP.
  • Hacklebarney State Park Chester; Morris County
    Gorgeous park that has the Black River as it’s centerpiece and is stunning in the fall.
  • High Point, Chik Falls, Otter Hole Loop Norvin Green State Forest
    Awesome viewpoint with 360° views (+ NYC skyline on a clear day); waterfalls.
  • Jenny Jump S.F. Ghost Lake
    This hike offer views of the surrounding mountains and valleys before arriving at Ghost Lake.
  • Lemon Squeezer Appalachian Trail; Harriman State Park, NY (near NJ)
    Squeeze and scramble through a narrow rock crevice, plus Island Pond and the Valley of Boulders.
  • Monument Trail and Cedar Swamp High Point State Park; Sussex County
    Climb the monument to the highest elevation in NJ, and hike through an Atlantic white cedar swamp.
  • Mt. Minsi Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap [near NJ]
    Wonderful views of Mt. Tammany and the Delaware River from this short but steep route.
  • Mt. Tammany Worthington State Forest / Delaware Water Gap
    Hike steeply uphill to a fantastic overlook of the “Gap” and of Mt. Minsi across the river in PA.
  • Pine Meadows Lake Loop Harriman State Park, NY [near NJ]
    A lot of nice, scenic hiking packed into in a doable loop. The lake makes a terrific break spot.
  • Ramapo Mountain S.F. Ramapo Lake, Van Slyke Castle, Cannonball Trail, Millstones
    Ramapo Lake and the Van Slyke Castle ruins, plus views of the surrounding area and the NYC skyline.
  • Stairway to Heaven: – Appalachian Trail; Pochuck Valley to Pinwheel Vista
    Hike over boardwalks and a suspension bridge before climbing the “Stairway to Heaven” – one of the best viewpoints in NJ.
  • Sunfish Pond – Worthington State Forest / Delaware Water Gap
    Hike through some of the prettiest forest in New Jersey to a glacial lake 1,000 feet above the surrounding area.
  • Terrace Pond Loop Wawayanda State Park
    Loop combines pleasant forest walking with rocky scrambles and passes by pretty Terrace Pond.
  • Torne Mountain and Osio Rock Norvin Green State Forest
    View after view before Osio Rock’s 360° pano of Wanaque Reservoir (+NYC skyline on a clear day).
  • Tripod Rock, Whale Rock, Bear Rock Pyramid Mountain; Morris County
    This pretty route includes interesting glacial erratics and two overlooks.
  • Wells Mills County Park White trail (called Penns Hill Trail or Macri Trail)
    A great intro to the terrain of the Pine Barrens and Atlantic white cedar swamps.