Best Backpacking in New Jersey

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

  • #1 High Point State Park: Monument Trail

    3 Reviews

    Colesville, NJ

    You can see forever (or almost forever) if you hike through High Point State Park on a clear day. The road leads to a parking lot beside a 220-foot obelisk built to honor New Jersey’s veterans. ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    You can see forever (or almost forever) if you hike through High Point State Park on a clear day. The road leads to a parking ...

  • #2 High Point State Park: Above Lake Rutherford

    3 Reviews

    Colesville, NJ

    You’ll need sturdy shoes to negotiate thousands of rocks while exploring the southern portion of High Point State Park. The struggle along this section of the Appalachian Trail is worth the effort, ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll need sturdy shoes to negotiate thousands of rocks while exploring the southern portion of High Point State Park. The ...

  • #3 Jenny Jump State Forest Trails

    2 Reviews

    Hope, NJ

    Legend has it that a girl named Jenny was so engrossed picking berries at the crest of the mountain ridge that she didn’t hear Indians with raised tomahawks creeping toward her. Her father, standing ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Legend has it that a girl named Jenny was so engrossed picking berries at the crest of the mountain ridge that she didn’t ...

  • #4 Round Valley Recreation Area Trails

    3 Reviews

    Lebanon, NJ

    Round Valley Reservoir didn’t exist before 1958. What did exist was a natural horseshoe-shaped valley nestled in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County. Hardly anyone gave a thought to this hole ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Round Valley Reservoir didn’t exist before 1958. What did exist was a natural horseshoe-shaped valley nestled in the rolling ...

  • #5 Allamuchy Mountain State Park: Deer Park Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Hackettstown, NJ

    When you visit the north shore of Deer Park Lake, you may not see the broad-tailed beaver, the largest rodent in North America. But you will see its cone-shaped house and dozens of gnawed tree ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    When you visit the north shore of Deer Park Lake, you may not see the broad-tailed beaver, the largest rodent in North America. ...

  • #6 Cheesequake State Park: Cheesequake Cedar Swamp

    1 Reviews

    Matawan, NJ

    Opened in 1940, Cheesequake State Park is Middlesex County’s only state park. It lies between New Jersey’s northern and southern vegetation zones, making it a transitional area with unique plant ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Opened in 1940, Cheesequake State Park is Middlesex County’s only state park. It lies between New Jersey’s northern and southern ...

  • #7 Allaire State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Farmingdale, NJ

    Although you’ll be arriving and parking at Allaire Village, explore this historic site after the hike is completed. While hiking, you’ll be passing through lush woods beside tiny streams where ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  3.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Although you’ll be arriving and parking at Allaire Village, explore this historic site after the hike is completed. While ...

  • #8 Belleplain State Forest: Belleplain Circular Trail

    1 Reviews

    Woodbine, NJ

    Chief Nummy and his band of Lenni-Lenape Indians hiked through this area of the southern Pine Barrens many times, and some of it has been protected as Belleplain State Forest and the Pinelands ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Chief Nummy and his band of Lenni-Lenape Indians hiked through this area of the southern Pine Barrens many times, and some ...

  • #9 Turkey Swamp Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Freehold , NJ

    Heavy rains came down the first day we camped at Turkey Swamp Park. History repeated itself the second day, but we decided to hike in the rain because a great portion of the trails are usually ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Heavy rains came down the first day we camped at Turkey Swamp Park. History repeated itself the second day, but we decided ...

  • #10 Deleware Water Gap National Recreation Area: Dunnfield Creek Circular Trail

    0 Reviews

    Columbia, NJ

    More than 2.5 million people are drawn to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area each year. Most go directly to the Kittatinny Point Visitor Center, where they can enjoy a leisurely ...
    •  Day Hike or overnight camping
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    More than 2.5 million people are drawn to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area each year. Most go directly to ...

  • #11 Appalachian Trail: Culvers Lake to Buttermilk Falls

    0 Reviews

    Wallpack Center, NJ

    This section of the 2160-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) follows the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain. As in most of New Jersey, the trail is rocky with a lot of ups and downs, but the ...
    •  2 days
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the 2160-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) follows the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain. As in most ...

  • #12 Wawayanda State Park: Cedar Swamp Trail

    1 Reviews

    West Milford, NJ

    It’s almost impossible to get lost because huge rhododendron thickets form a natural border along this trail. Sporting leathery dark green leaves throughout the year, with large pinkish purple ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  3.9 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s almost impossible to get lost because huge rhododendron thickets form a natural border along this trail. Sporting leathery ...

  • #13 Swartswood State Park: Swartswood Trail

    1 Reviews

    Middleville, NJ

    Swartswood State Park, a recreational gem, is open year-round. Established in 1914 as New Jersey’s first state park, the original acquisition was a 121/2-acre gift from George M. Emmans. He ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Swartswood State Park, a recreational gem, is open year-round. Established in 1914 as New Jersey’s first state park, the ...

  • #14 Brendan T. Byrne State Forest: Deep Hollow Trail

    0 Reviews

    New Lisbon, NJ

    Don’t drive too fast or you may miss the trailhead, located in the tiny town of Ongs Hat. A mere pinhead on the map, Ongs Hat consists of a few houses and a family restaurant. In the 1840s, however, ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Don’t drive too fast or you may miss the trailhead, located in the tiny town of Ongs Hat. A mere pinhead on the map, Ongs ...

  • #15 Brendan T. Byrne State Forest: Pakim Pond Trail

    0 Reviews

    New Lisbon, NJ

    Each winter we hike a small section of the 50-mile-long, pink-blazed Batona Trail that leads to Pakim Pond—a crown jewel within the 34,725-acre Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. The water, stained ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Each winter we hike a small section of the 50-mile-long, pink-blazed Batona Trail that leads to Pakim Pond—a crown jewel ...

  • #16 Parvin State Park Trails

    1 Reviews

    Vineland, NJ

    Parvin State Park is a product of the 1930s when the campground and trails were built by young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The work was hard and the hours long, but the men ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Parvin State Park is a product of the 1930s when the campground and trails were built by young men in the Civilian Conservation ...

  • #17 Wawayanda State Park: Laurel Pond Trail

    0 Reviews

    West Milford, NJ

    This is black bear territory, so be cautious— although they’ll usually scamper off as soon as they hear you. With the plentiful supply of berries and acorns these dense woods offer, the black ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is black bear territory, so be cautious— although they’ll usually scamper off as soon as they hear you. With the plentiful ...

  • #18 Stokes State Forest: Culver Tower Trail

    0 Reviews

    Newton, NJ

    In the first century A.D., Publius Syrus wrote the maxim, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Perhaps he was inspired by hiking trails similar to those in Stokes State Forest, where thousands ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    In the first century A.D., Publius Syrus wrote the maxim, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Perhaps he was inspired by hiking ...

  • #19 Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: Three Mountain Ponds Trail

    1 Reviews

    Layton, NJ

    What you’ll find on this hike is great diversity. Each body of water is unique, and along the rim of each of these fascinating habitats—Long Pine Pond, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond—lies another ...
    •  Day Hike or overnight backpack
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    What you’ll find on this hike is great diversity. Each body of water is unique, and along the rim of each of these fascinating ...

  • #20 Voorhees State Park Trails

    0 Reviews

    Glen Gardner, NJ

    During the Depression thousands of people were unemployed with no hope of finding a job—that is until Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). By planting trees, constructing ...
    •  Day hike or overnight camping
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    During the Depression thousands of people were unemployed with no hope of finding a job—that is until Franklin Roosevelt ...