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.
View more waterfall hikes on this site, as well as visit The Waterfall Record and The Waterfalls of NJ for lists of waterfalls around the state. 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 to meet up with the Appalachian Trail to Crater Lake, then to Hemlock Pond. 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.
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.
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 for hike at nearby High Mountain. Hike it.
Close to New Jersey…
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.