Nature Walks in New Jersey Guide Book

by Glenn Scherer (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Nature Walks in New Jersey  by Glenn Scherer

352pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1929173407

Discover 40 family-oriented nature walks through New Jersey’s most beautiful natural areas. With more than 1,000 miles of nature trails to explore, New Jersey will surprise you with the variety and abundance of its natural places: the beaches of Cape May, Sandy Hook, and Holgate, the lush countryside of the Highlands, and the mountainous terrain of the Appalachian Trail and Palisades. Each walk description includes: trail map, directions, and photos; quick reference estimates of distance, walking time, and level of difficulty; detailed descriptions of the local environment; and driving and parking directions.

© 2003 Glenn Scherer/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Nature Walks in New Jersey" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: 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 - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This rugged, 3.6-mile-out-and-back hike follows a short section of the Highlands Trail to a state firetower with sweeping views. The Highlands Trail is a joint project of the New Jersey Conservation ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Butler, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: 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 - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: No hike in this book offers greater diversity of habitats, human history, and beauty, concentrated within so few miles. Black River Park boasts a deeply etched river valley, a deciduous flood-plain fo ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Chester, NJ - Walking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: A late-summer cold front blasts out of the northwest, and in the dark of night all across the northern U.S. and Canada, birds take flight. By September up to 12 million per evening appear on airport r ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Cape May, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Today, half of the 12,500 square miles of salt marsh that once lined the Atlantic coast is gone. New Jersey has lost more than a million acres, and what remains is not nearly as healthy as it once was ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Toms River, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: Most Americans imagine cherry blossom time to be celebrated only in Asia or along the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River. In fact, Newark’s Branch Brook Park boasts 2,700 cherry trees, and it out-blosso ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Newark, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The red shale, sandstone, and argillite formations of the Piedmont, stretching between Trenton and New Brunswick, rise to a mere 57 feet above sea level. This so-called “narrow waist” of New Jersey— j ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Kingston, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This little 170-acre preserve straddles the border between the Inner and Outer Coastal Plains and is cloaked in a mature red maple, sweet gum, and holly swamp forest. It is split by Stop-the-Jade-Run, ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Pemberton, NJ - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: The Farny Highlands is a rugged and wild 35,000-acre watershed that lies only a few miles north of where Interstate 80 pierces the New Jersey Highlands. This jumble of Precambrian gneiss cliffs, scour ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Marcella, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: 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 - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: As the glacier receded 15,000 years ago, the lake drained slowly through the Watchung Mountains via the Passaic River at Paterson. It is still draining today. Colonists skirted these wet acres, enteri ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Madison, NJ - Walking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Follow the trail as it gently climbs a man-made mountain. The six-acre Kingsland Overlook represents a high-tech solution to the landfill reclamation problem. Tons of household waste were capped by a ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Lyndhurst, NJ - Walking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Holgate at first glance appears to be a hike for minimalists who thrive only on overlapping plains of beige, brown, gray, and blue, where sandy shore and grassy dune merge with a horizon line of sea a ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Manahawkin, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: Sitting astride a cuesta in Monmouth County is Holmdel Park, the site of Longstreet Farm. Established in 1775 as a subsistence farm growing all its own produce, it had by 1890 shifted to the harvestin ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Holmdel, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: Island Beach State Park (ten miles long but just a few hundred yards wide) protects one of the best unspoiled barrier island ecosystems on the North Atlantic. Unburdened by boardwalks and beach houses ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Seaside Park, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: Buck Garden is a thirty-three-acre pleasure garden where groomed paths meander between rock outcrops, around lily-pad-covered pools, over rainbow bridges, and amid woodland wildflowers, bulbs, azaleas ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Far Hills, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Today, casual visitors to the Long Pond Ironworks find an idyllic setting, where nineteenth-century homes and furnace ruins are framed by sycamores and sugar maples. In truth, this was the town of Hew ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Ringwood, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: A contemporary visitor to Merrill Creek views the placid, sun-dappled surface of a 16-billion-gallon lake encircled by forest and field atop Scotts Mountain. But this is my home ground, where I wander ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Hope, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: The fertile bottomlands of the Upper Delaware River Valley have been shaped by farm life for untold generations. Native Americans cultivated pumpkins, squash, beans, and maize in the soft soils of riv ... From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Hardwick, NJ - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1