Best Hiking in New Jersey

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

  • #1 Mount Tammany

    23 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 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 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. ...

  • #6 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 ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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. ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation

    1 Reviews

    Oakland, NJ

    Ramapo Valley County Reservation boasts more than two hundred species of birds, but there’s more here than the songs of warblers, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers. There are also the cool, shaded ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Ramapo Valley County Reservation boasts more than two hundred species of birds, but there’s more here than the songs of warblers, ...

  • #12 Cattus Island

    5 Reviews

    Toms River, NJ

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Today, half of the 12,500 square miles of salt marsh that once lined the Atlantic coast is gone. New Jersey has lost more ...

  • #13 Allamuchy Pond Trail

    10 Reviews

    Allamuchy Mountain State Park, NJ

    Allamuchy Pond Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Warren County, New Jersey. It is within Allamuchy Mountain State Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 820 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  1.8 miles

    Allamuchy Pond Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Warren County, New Jersey. It is within Allamuchy Mountain State Park. ...

  • #14 Ringwood State Park: Shepherd Lake Trail

    3 Reviews

    Ringwood, NJ

    Shepherd Lake, a 74-acre, spring-fed lake located in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains, is only one of the delights along this hike. While meandering through a tiny section of Ringwood State ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Shepherd Lake, a 74-acre, spring-fed lake located in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains, is only one of the delights along ...

  • #15 Watchung Reservation: Green Brook Loop Trail

    5 Reviews

    Murray Hill, NJ

    The 2065-acre Watchung Reservation has 13 miles of blazed trails, 26 miles of bridle trails, and more than 40 miles of unmarked trails—plenty of space for you and Bowser to explore. With many ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The 2065-acre Watchung Reservation has 13 miles of blazed trails, 26 miles of bridle trails, and more than 40 miles of unmarked ...

  • #16 Abram Hewitt’s Bearfort Ridge

    5 Reviews

    Awosting, NJ

    After a few hours of rolling along the rocky ridges of Hewitt, you’ll swear you’ve been magically airlifted to the middle of Maine. A big reason for that is the stark, natural beauty of your ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    After a few hours of rolling along the rocky ridges of Hewitt, you’ll swear you’ve been magically airlifted to the middle ...

  • #17 Sourland Mountain Preserve Trails

    5 Reviews

    Bridgewater, NJ

    Sourland Mountain Preserve—owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission—sits atop a ridge that extends from Hopewell to Hillsborough. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Sourland Mountain Preserve—owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission—sits atop a ridge that extends from ...

  • #18 Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail

    4 Reviews

    Moe, NJ

    This fresh, verdant trail in fall and winter brings you and your canine pal the gift of woodland detail and sights to see without the distraction of leaves. Bold rocks, streams, and shallow soil ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This fresh, verdant trail in fall and winter brings you and your canine pal the gift of woodland detail and sights to see ...

  • #19 Wawayanda 2: Terrace Pond

    5 Reviews

    West Milford, NJ

    The high point of this short outing, both literally and figuratively, is an extended rocky ridge overlooking beautiful, pristine Terrace Pond. Sure, there’s also an antediluvian swamp and miles ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The high point of this short outing, both literally and figuratively, is an extended rocky ridge overlooking beautiful, pristine ...

  • #20 Wyanoke High Point

    2 Reviews

    Ringwood, NJ

    Tramping clubs organized and blazed formal trails to favorite spots. In 1912, the New York chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club laid claim to the Wyanokie Highlands, a jumble of small peaks ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Tramping clubs organized and blazed formal trails to favorite spots. In 1912, the New York chapter of the Appalachian Mountain ...