Best Trails of New Jersey

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#1. 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 Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Clay Pit Ponds Connector


It may be hard to believe, but many of Manhattan’s buildings and sidewalks were once made from the clay drawn from the ground of this pocket-size park. The 19th-century brick plant is long gone, repla…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Carteret, NJ - Hiking - 1.7 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. 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

#4. Worthington State Forest Campground


Four-and-one-half million people visit the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area every year. Fortunately, these visitors spread out over 40 miles of river and 70,000 acres of land across two states. St…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: New Jersey"
Columbia, NJ - Campgrounds Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Surprise Lake Trail


Just about everything a hiker could want can be found on this hike. For openers, there are fabulous vistas of Greenwood Lake that stretches out like a long finger and extends from New Jersey into New…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
West Milford, NJ - Hiking - 3.5 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Tripod Rock and Bear Rock


Just north of Morristown’s suburban sprawl, a series of low ridges rises to nine hundred feet above sea level. These Highlands summits, separated by narrow valleys, have remained sparsely settled for…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Boonton, NJ - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. 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 Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. 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 Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Allamuchy Natural Area Amble


Whether the quarry is birds, the backwoods, or beautiful bodies of water, Allamuchy has what it takes to make your outing a success. In fact, the combination of a wild, untended woodland with countles…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Hackettstown, NJ - Hiking - 8.2 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. Shepherd Lake


Tucked snuggly in the northeast corner of Ringwood State Park along the New York border, the 74-acre Shepherd Lake is completely enclosed by hills densely packed with stately pine, hemlock, and variou…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Jersey: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Ringwood, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Ramapo-Ringwood Rally


You know those Western hikes in which miles go by with only the cacti or an occasional butte lending variety to a uniform landscape? This trek is cut from different cloth, with so much diversity spill…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Oakland, NJ - Hiking - 13.1 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Spruce Run Recreation Area Campground


Spruce Run Recreation Area, with its sandy freshwater beach, caters to Central Jersey’s sun and water lovers. Fifteen miles of shoreline surround man-made Spruce Run Reservoir, one of the largest rese…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: New Jersey"
Clinton, NJ - Campgrounds Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. 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

#14. 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 all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. 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 Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Buttermilk Falls Loop Trail


This hike offers as close to a wilderness experience as possible for Fido and companion in New Jersey, for few people climb beyond the falls and this section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is far from…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey"
Wallpack Center, NJ - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. 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"
Shamong, NJ - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Island Beach State Park


The thin stretch of barrier beach that is Island Beach State Park is, perhaps, the prettiest part of the entire New Jersey Shore. It is made up of miles of unspoiled sandy beaches; delicate, shifting…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in New Jersey"
Seaside Park, NJ - Road Biking - 16.2 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Stokes Select


For fear of overselling a park, we normally resist assigning it too many superlatives. But in Stokes, we’re stumped: this solitary, mountainous jaunt is so darn beautiful we can’t help but beat the dr…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Branchville, NJ - Hiking - 9.5 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Cape May Point Pedal


The Cape May area has more than Victorian charm to lure bicyclists and other tourists. On the outskirts of the town, and in Cape May Point, there is much to see and do. The ideal way to explore the Ca…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in New Jersey"
Cape May, NJ - Road Biking - 9 miles Best Trail in NJ - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press