Top 10 Hikes in NJ

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The top 10 most popular hikes in New Jersey, ranked by visitor traffic to!

Black Run Preserve wetland surrounded by pine forest

#10 – Black Run Preserve

Hike easy, sandy trails through pretty pine forest, wetlands, and bogs. Burlington County, NJ.

Stream rushing over rocks surrounded by fall foliage

#9 – Hacklebarney

Gorgeous park that has the Black River as it’s centerpiece and is stunning in the fall. Morris County, NJ.

The High Point obelisk monument on top of a hill with a very blue sky

#8 – High Point – Monument Trail

Hike to the highest elevation in the state of New Jersey – 1803’ – and climb the monument’s 220 stairs for a view of the surrounding areas. Sussex County, NJ.

The boulder rock field that is called the Giant Stairs

#7 – The Giant Stairs

Enjoy views from Jersey’s Palisades over the Hudson River of the New York skyline and tackle a unique rock scramble.

While popular, this hike is challenging and is not everyone’s cup-of-tea. Bergen County, NJ.

View over lush green hills from Wyanokie High Point

#6 – Wyanokie High Point

This route takes in Chikahoki Falls, Otter Hole, and an awesome viewpoint at Wyanokie High Point. Enjoy 360° views of the area, including NYC on a clear day. Passaic County, NJ.

Sourland boulder field in Autumn

#5 – Sourland Mountain

Easy to moderate hiking over boardwalks and through the boulders of Devil’s Half Acre and Roaring Rocks. Somerset County, NJ

Hemlock Falls trickling down over basalt rock

#4 – South Mountain – Hemlock Falls

Moderate hike that takes in a viewpoint from historic Washington Rock, Hemlock Falls, and the Rahway River. Essex County, NJ.

Buttermilk Falls flowing after a heavy rain in Spring.

#3 – Buttermilk Falls

This route starts at NJ’s highest waterfall, Buttermilk Falls. Head steeply uphill to meet up with the Appalachian Trail.

Continue to Crater Lake and on to Hemlock Pond. Sussex County, NJ.

View of the valley below from Pinwheel Vista

#2 – Stairway to Heaven

Hike boardwalks, a suspension bridge, hardwood forest, fields of wildflowers, train tracks, a cow pasture, a boulder field.

Then steeply climb the “Stairway to Heaven” to one of the best viewpoints in New Jersey, Pinwheel Vista. Sussex County, NJ.

View of Mt. Minsi from the summit of Mt. Tammany

#1 – Mt. Tammany

The trail heads steeply uphill to a fantastic overlook of the “Gap” – the break in the Kittatinny Mountains that was carved by the Delaware River.

Great views of the surrounding area and Mt. Minsi across the way. Warren County, NJ.

Need even more hike ideas?! Check out the Best Hikes in NJ.