Best Hiking in New Jersey

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

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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. 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

#5. 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

#6. 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

#7. 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

#8. 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

#9. 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

#10. 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

#11. Palisades Interstate Park: Palisades Boulder Field Trail


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 and par…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Alpine, NJ - Hiking - 5.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation


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 hillsid…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Oakland, NJ - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Watchung Reservation Trails


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 to spot d…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Watchung, NJ - Hiking - 2.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Sount Mountain Reservation: Hemlock Falls Trail


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, municipal…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Newark, NJ - Hiking - 5.25 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Cattus Island


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 - 3.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Ramapo Mountain State Forest: Ramapo Lake Trail


While hiking Ramapo Lake’s perimeter, you might see muskrat, which Dutch settlers referred to as the “rote,” or rat. About the size of a cat, this furry brown mammal makes a roundish house of cattails…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Oakland, NJ - Hiking - 5.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Ringwood State Park: Shepherd Lake Trail


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 Park, you…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Ringwood, NJ - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Watchung Reservation: Green Brook Loop Trail


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 access p…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey"
Murray Hill, NJ - Hiking - 6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Abram Hewitt’s Bearfort Ridge


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 surroundi…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City"
Awosting, NJ - Hiking - 8.3 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Beaver Brook Trail


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 - 6.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books