Best Trails of New Jersey

This list represents the most popular trails in New Jersey (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next New Jersey outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

Learn more about Top Trails
Reset

#1. Appalachian Trail: Sunfish Pond & Mount Mohican


Sunfish Pond is one of the most popular hiking destinations in New Jersey, with good reason. The rocky shores of this crystal clear glacial lake are postcard perfect. Get an early start for this hik…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Columbia, NJ - Hiking - 8.8 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#2. Appalachian Trail: Sunrise Mountain & High Point


The northern Kittatinny Ridge rises in an uninterrupted rampart, climbing to 1803 feet at High Point, the greatest elevation above sea level in New Jersey. This rugged AT ridge walk is punctuated by…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Sussex, NJ - Hiking - 17 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#3. Allamuchy Mountain State Park


Allamuchy State Park, with its 12 miles of forest roads and singletrack, is a place worth seeking out. Riding is a mixed bag, including everything from easy cruising on well-graded forest roads to cha…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Eastern New York"
Hackettstown, NJ - Mountain Biking - 12 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Mount Tammany


The Kittatinny Ridge (meaning “Endless Mountain” in the Lenape Native American language) comes to an abrupt, spectacular end at Mount Tammany. The 1,527-foot ridge plunges 1,200 feet into the Delaware…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Jacksonburg, NJ - Hiking - 3.5 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Appalachian Trail: Catfish Mountain to Flatbrookville Road


The Kittatinny Ridge stretches northeast from the Delaware Water Gap for 43 miles to High Point, New Jersey, and is topped the entire way by the Appalachian Trail. When you look down from this precip…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Jacksonburg, NJ - Hiking - 7.1 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#6. Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower


There are no natural vistas from which to overlook the vast pine and oak wildlands overlaying the Cohansey formation aquifer. But 205-foot-high Apple Pie Hill with its firetower offers a stunning man-…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Tabernacle, NJ - Hiking - 8 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Wharton State Forest


Wharton State Forest's 110,000 acres form the largest single tract of land in the New Jersey State Park System, but Wharton is part of a much larger system, one that stretches over one million acres i…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Hammonton, NJ - Mountain Biking - 11.9 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Great Swamp and Jockey Hollow Cruise


Tours in and around the 6,800-acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Jockey Hollow Encampment Area of the Morristown National Historic Park are ever-popular among nature-loving bicyclists.…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania"
Green Village, NJ - Road Biking - 30.3 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Atsion Lake


One of the larger lakes within the 110,000-acre Wharton State Forest, Atsion Lake (pronounced AT-zon by locals) is the only one that provides on-site camping facilities, many of which are lakeside. Wh…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Shamong, NJ - Flatwater Paddling & Canoeing Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestFlatwater Paddling & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Mullica River


The unique charm of the Mullica River comes from its extensive savanna marshes and numerous high, sandy banks that offer ideal places for a snack, sunbathing, or a swim. At the upper end the banks are…
From the guidebook "Paddling the Jersey Pine Barrens"
Atsion, NJ - Flatwater Paddling & Canoeing Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestFlatwater Paddling & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. North Wildwood Camping Resort


The Cape May peninsula is 16 miles long, 8 miles wide, and features more than a dozen campgrounds. Many more line US 9 north of the peninsula. Nearly all of these campgrounds densely pack in RVs; almo…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: New Jersey"
Cape May, NJ - Campgrounds Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Beaver Brook Trail


This rugged, 6.2-mile-out-and-back hike ascends to a beaver colony. While the animals are nocturnal, daytime visitors will be rewarded with proof of the beavers’ engineering feats. The hike also climb…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Marcella, NJ - Hiking - 6.2 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Appalachian Trail: Wawayanda Mountain to Warwick Turnpike


Wawayanda State Park extends across 13,000 acres of wild land. It is a remote plateau covered by rhododendron bogs where bears forage, craggy cliffs where coyote and bobcat make their dens, and hemlo…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Vernon, NJ - Hiking - 6 miles    Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#14. Delaware & Raritan Canal


Transportation from an earlier time is the theme of this ride. NJ TRANSIT'S Northeast Corridor Rail Line serves as a shuttle to the start point. In recent years bike transportation advocates have been…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area"
Princeton, NJ - Mountain Biking - 30 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Terrace Pond


Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-tooth…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Butler, NJ - Hiking - 4 miles   
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Appalachian Trail: Wallkill & Vernon Valleys


It would be hard to find a New Jersey AT hike offering greater variety than this one. While most of the state's trail hugs the ridgelines, this 9.8-mile walk crosses the eastern half of the Wallkill…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Glennwood, NJ - Hiking - 10.1 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#17. Appalachian Trail: Rattlesnake & Bird Mountains


This strenuous 11-mile day hike tops the most remote and wild section of the 43-mile-long Kittatinny Ridge. While this is a ridge walk with few climbs, much of the trail goes through rocky, ankle-wre…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Millbrook Village, NJ - Hiking - 11 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#18. Bergen County, New Jersey: Harrington Park and Vicinity


On this ride you will pass through Harrington Park as well as a number of other "bedroom communities" to New York City. Begin at the Harrington Park Public Library and Municipal Center on Harriot Ave…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around New York City"
Harrington Park, NJ - Road Biking - 14 miles   
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Great Falls of the Passaic River


Two hundred million years ago lava surged out onto the surface of the earth in eastern New Jersey, burying Piedmont sandstone and tropical jungles. That forty-story-high magma wall cooled into erosion…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Paterson, NJ - Walking - 1.5 miles    BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Great Swamp Swing


The Great Swamp Natural Wildlife Refuge is a delicate ecological preserve nestled in the southeast corner of Morris County. It's the end result of a huge glacial lake that covered areas of Morris and…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in New Jersey"
New Vernon, NJ - Road Biking - 16.6 miles   
Published by The Globe Pequot Press