Detailed guides for some of the best hikes in (and near) New Jersey.
Listed in alphabetical order:
Butler reservoir, waterfalls, a dam, ruins… and even a brief glimpse of the NYC skyline. Passaic County.
Some of the prettiest sections of the Pine Barrens along the scenic Mullica River. Wharton State Forest, Burlington County.
Scenic ridge and lake views, rugged trail surface, minor scrambling, and a rhododendron tunnel. Abram S. Hewitt State Forest – Passaic County.
Pretty hike in the Black River Gorge with a side trip to the ruins of Kay’s Cottage. Morris County.
Start at NJ’s highest waterfall, then hike the Appalachian Trail to Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond. Delaware Water Gap NRA – Sussex County.
Pleasant hike over rolling hills and through beautiful marshlands using numerous boardwalks. Middlesex County.
A rugged trail through a very pretty area, with views from a hawk watch. Morris County.
Unique but challenging scramble over a long section of huge boulders that have tumbled from the Palisades with views over the Hudson River into New York. The Palisades – Bergen County.
Easy trails, along streams and rolling hills in part of Morristown National Historic Park. Morris County.
Gorgeous park that has the Black River as it’s centerpiece and is stunning in the fall. Morris County.
Awesome viewpoint with 360° views (+ NYC skyline on a clear day); waterfalls. Norvin Green State Forest – Passaic County.
This hike offer views of the surrounding mountains and valleys before arriving at Ghost Lake. Warren County.
Climb the monument to the highest elevation in NJ, and hike through an Atlantic white cedar swamp. High Point State Park – Sussex County.
Hike steeply uphill to a fantastic overlook of the “Gap” and of Mt. Minsi across the river in PA. Worthington State Forest / Delaware Water Gap – Warren County.
Ramapo Lake and the Van Slyke Castle ruins, plus views of the surrounding area and the NYC skyline. Bergen/Passaic County.
A short but very steep hike to Pinwheel’s Vista. Sussex County.
Hike over boardwalks and a suspension bridge before climbing the “Stairway to Heaven” – one of the best viewpoints in New Jersey. This is the full version of the hike above. Sussex County.
Hike through some of the prettiest forest in New Jersey to a glacial lake 1,000 feet above the surrounding area. Worthington State Forest / Delaware Water Gap – Warren County.
Loop combines pleasant forest walking with rocky scrambles and passes by pretty Terrace Pond. Wawayanda State Park – Passaic County.
View after view before Osio Rock’s 360° panorama of Wanaque Reservoir (+NYC skyline on a clear day). Norvin Green State Forest – Passaic County.
This pretty route includes interesting glacial erratics and two overlooks. Morris County.
Shady hike through plentiful rhododendron, a cedar swamp, and past Lake Lookout and Wawayanda Lake. Sussex County.
A great intro to the terrain of the Pine Barrens and Atlantic white cedar swamps. Ocean County.
Best Hikes Near NJ
These are great hikes that every Jersey hiker should try and are close enough to NJ (just over the border into New York and Pennsylvania) to include on this list.
Squeeze and scramble through a narrow rock crevice, plus Island Pond and the Valley of Boulders. Harriman State Park, NY.
Wonderful views of Mt. Tammany and the Delaware River from this short but steep route. Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap.
A lot of nice, scenic hiking packed into in a doable loop. The lake makes a terrific break spot. Harriman State Park, NY.