Some of the best New Jersey hikes with waterfalls are listed below. For best results, do these hikes in the spring or after a recent heavy rain for maximum water flow.
For a book with hikes to waterfalls in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland check out “Waterfalls of the Mid-Atlantic States“.
Visit NJ’s highest waterfall plus Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond. The falls require no hiking to see it, but elaborate stairs can be climbed to get other views. To make a longer hike, head steeply uphill and on to Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond or visit nearby Tillman Ravine for a short waterfall hike. Hike it.
The cascades are the star of this hike. Choose from several hike lengths that serve up a bit-o-everything: streams, water cascades, mines (closed), ridge hiking with views of rural Jersey, a fire tower, lush trails, rhododendron tunnels, and a swamp. Hike it.
Chikahoki Falls can be found in Norvin Green State Forest, in the Jersey Highlands. This route takes in Chikahoki Falls, Otter Hole, and an awesome viewpoint at Wyanokie High Point with 360° views of the area, including NYC on a clear day. Hike it.
Two pretty waterfalls – one stepped and the other angled – in an easy mile hike. Extend the route to 3.8 miles with the Silver Mine trail or longer with other trails in Stokes State Forest. Hike it.
Nice, large cascades can be found on Apshawa Brook. Enjoyable hike that includes scenic views over the Jersey Highlands and Butler reservoir, plus waterfalls, a dam, ruins… and even a brief glimpse of the NYC skyline. Hike it.
Laurel Falls can be accessed by a short walk from Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest or done as part of a loop up to Sunfish Pond. Hike it.
Short, easy hike to get to this pretty waterfall or visit it as part of a longer loop hike in this popular park. Hike it.
Multiple cascades along the Black River. This gorgeous park in Chester is terrific for outdoor photographers and stunning during fall foliage season. Hike it.
Plenty of cascades and waterfalls along a cool, shady trail. Effort-to-reward ratio is totally in your favor on this short hike. Gorgeous area year-round and stunning in fall. Hike it.
Hike to a pair of waterfalls in a beautiful, shady gorge. Short but very rocky hike plus an overlook into the valley below. Hike it.
Popular waterfall in South Mountain Reservation. Stop to take in the view from historic Washington Rock on the way to this large waterfall located in the center of the park. Hike it.
Explore a large waterfall on the Passaic River. While not exactly a hike (it’s short and paved) this is a worthwhile stop for anyone in Jersey. Check out the falls (especially after heavy rains) and then head over to High Mountain for a nearby hike. Hike it.
Close to New Jersey…
Just across the NJ-PA border are two beautiful waterfalls accessible to everyone via a short boardwalk trail through a hemlock ravine filled with rhododendron. Hike it.
Short hike to a pretty three-tiered waterfall that is the highest in Pennsylvania. Hike it.
The large waterfalls on the Tumbling Waters trail are the highlight. Just over the New Jersey border into Pennsylvania, this park offers shady hiking through a hemlock forest with several loops to choose from. Hike it.