Best Trails of New Jersey

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

  • #1 Mount Tammany

    24 Reviews

    Jacksonburg, NJ

    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 ...
    •  3 - 4 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Kittatinny Ridge (meaning “Endless Mountain” in the Lenape Native American language) comes to an abrupt, spectacular ...

  • #2 Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower

    9 Reviews

    Tabernacle, NJ

    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 ...
    •  5.5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    There are no natural vistas from which to overlook the vast pine and oak wildlands overlaying the Cohansey formation aquifer. ...

  • #3 Worthington State Forest Campground

    3 Reviews

    Columbia, NJ

    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. ...
    •  Guide

    Four-and-one-half million people visit the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area every year. Fortunately, these visitors spread ...

  • #4 Surprise Lake Trail

    7 Reviews

    West Milford, NJ

    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 ...
    •  Day hike
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Just about everything a hiker could want can be found on this hike. For openers, there are fabulous vistas of Greenwood Lake ...

  • #5 Tripod Rock and Bear Rock

    5 Reviews

    Boonton, NJ

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Just north of Morristown’s suburban sprawl, a series of low ridges rises to nine hundred feet above sea level. These Highlands ...

  • #6 Terrace Pond

    6 Reviews

    Butler, NJ

    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 s ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. ...

  • #7 Atsion Lake

    0 Reviews

    Shamong, NJ

    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. ...
    •  Day trip with camping available
    •  Guide

    One of the larger lakes within the 110,000-acre Wharton State Forest, Atsion Lake (pronounced AT-zon by locals) is the only ...

  • #8 Shepherd Lake

    1 Reviews

    Ringwood, NJ

    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 ...
    •  Day trip
    •  Guide

    Tucked snuggly in the northeast corner of Ringwood State Park along the New York border, the 74-acre Shepherd Lake is completely ...

  • #9 Ramapo-Ringwood Rally

    8 Reviews

    Oakland, NJ

    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 ...
    •  8 hours
    •  13.1 miles
    •  Guide

    You know those Western hikes in which miles go by with only the cacti or an occasional butte lending variety to a uniform ...

  • #10 Spruce Run Recreation Area Campground

    2 Reviews

    Clinton, NJ

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Spruce Run Recreation Area, with its sandy freshwater beach, caters to Central Jersey’s sun and water lovers. Fifteen miles ...

  • #11 Watchung Reservation Trails

    2 Reviews

    Watchung, NJ

    The Lenni-Lenape Indians referred to the area that lies between two ridges as the Wach Unks, meaning “high hills.” We know them today as the Watchung Mountains. On the trails, you’ll be able ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lenni-Lenape Indians referred to the area that lies between two ridges as the Wach Unks, meaning “high hills.” We know ...

  • #12 North Wildwood Camping Resort

    0 Reviews

    Cape May, NJ

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    The Cape May peninsula is 16 miles long, 8 miles wide, and features more than a dozen campgrounds. Many more line US 9 north ...

  • #13 Mullica River

    5 Reviews

    Shamong, NJ

    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 ...
    •  3 hours to overnight
    •  Guide

    The unique charm of the Mullica River comes from its extensive savanna marshes and numerous high, sandy banks that offer ...

  • #14 Delaware & Raritan Canal

    3 Reviews

    Princeton, NJ

    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 ...
    •  6 hours
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    Transportation from an earlier time is the theme of this ride. NJ TRANSIT'S Northeast Corridor Rail Line serves as a shuttle ...

  • #15 Island Beach State Park

    4 Reviews

    Seaside Park, NJ

    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, ...
    •  16.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The thin stretch of barrier beach that is Island Beach State Park is, perhaps, the prettiest part of the entire New Jersey ...

  • #16 Sount Mountain Reservation: Hemlock Falls Trail

    6 Reviews

    Newark, NJ

    Thanks to the Sierra Club and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail will eventually cover 30 miles and link dozens of county, ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  5.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Thanks to the Sierra Club and the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the yellow-blazed Lenape ...

  • #17 Stokes Select

    9 Reviews

    Branchville, NJ

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    For fear of overselling a park, we normally resist assigning it too many superlatives. But in Stokes, we’re stumped: this ...

  • #18 Cape May Point Pedal

    3 Reviews

    Cape May, NJ

    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 ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cape May area has more than Victorian charm to lure bicyclists and other tourists. On the outskirts of the town, and ...

  • #19 Palisades Interstate Park: Palisades Boulder Field Trail

    5 Reviews

    Alpine, NJ

    This awesome hike begins from the highest point of the New Jersey Palisades and steeply descends 530 feet to the Hudson River. Part of the trail is an obstacle course through a sea of boulders ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This awesome hike begins from the highest point of the New Jersey Palisades and steeply descends 530 feet to the Hudson River. ...

  • #20 High Point State Park Campground

    1 Reviews

    Sussex, NJ

    High Point State Park sits at the top of New Jersey. Its 1,803-foot-tall mountain is the state’s highest, and the park sits in the northernmost tip of the state, with the closest interstate in ...
    •  Guide

    High Point State Park sits at the top of New Jersey. Its 1,803-foot-tall mountain is the state’s highest, and the park sits ...