Best Waterfall Hikes in NJ

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Some of the best New Jersey hikes with waterfalls are listed below (in no particular order).

For best results, do these hikes in the spring or after a recent heavy rain for maximum water flow.

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Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

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. Layton, Sussex County, NJ.


Chikahoki Falls

Chikahoki Falls

Chikahoki Falls can be found in Norvin Green State Forest. 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. Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ.


Stony Brook Falls

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. Sandyston, Sussex County, NJ.


Apshawa Preserve Waterfall

Apshawa Preserve Falls

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, and ruins. West Milford, Passaic County, NJ.


Laurel Falls

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. Columbia, Warren County, NJ.


Ramapo Valley Falls

Short, easy hike to get to this pretty waterfall or visit it as part of a longer loop hike in this popular park. Mahwah, Bergen County, NJ.


Hacklebarney State Park

Hacklebarney State Park

Multiple cascades along the Black River. This gorgeous park in Chester is terrific for outdoor photographers and stunning during fall foliage season. Chester Township, Morris County, NJ.


Van Campens Glen

Van Campens Glen

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. Hardwick Township, Warren County, NJ.


Schooley's Mountain

Schooley’s Mountain Falls

Hike to a pair of waterfalls in a beautiful, shady gorge. Short but very rocky hike plus an overlook into the valley below. Long Valley, Morris County, NJ.


Hemlock Falls

Hemlock Falls

Tallest waterfall in South Mountain Reservation. Can be reached via this short easy hike or take in the view from historic Washington Rock on a longer hike to Hemlock Falls. Millburn, Essex County, NJ.


Tillman Ravine

Short hike in pretty hemlock forest featuring multiple cascades. Extend the hike to a cemetery dating to the 1800s or combine it with a stop at Buttermilk Falls nearby. Branchville, Sussex County, NJ.


Paterson Great Falls

Paterson Great Falls

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. Paterson, Passaic County, NJ.


Close to New Jersey…

Dingmans Falls

Dingmans Falls

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. Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania.


Raymondskill Falls

Raymondskill Falls

Short hike to a pretty three-tiered waterfall that is the highest in Pennsylvania. Milford, Pennsylvania.


Waterfall at PEEC

Pocono Environmental Center

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. Pine Ridge, Pennsylvania.