Best Walking in New Jersey

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

Learn more about Top Trails

#1. Great Falls of the Passaic River


Two hundred million years ago lava surged out onto the surface of the earth in eastern New Jersey, burying Piedmont sandstone and tropical jungles. That forty-story-high magma wall cooled into erosion…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Paterson, NJ - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center


As the glacier receded 15,000 years ago, the lake drained slowly through the Watchung Mountains via the Passaic River at Paterson. It is still draining today. Colonists skirted these wet acres, enteri…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Madison, NJ - Walking - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail


This little 170-acre preserve straddles the border between the Inner and Outer Coastal Plains and is cloaked in a mature red maple, sweet gum, and holly swamp forest. It is split by Stop-the-Jade-Run,…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Pemberton, NJ - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Black River and Kay Environmental Center


No hike in this book offers greater diversity of habitats, human history, and beauty, concentrated within so few miles. Black River Park boasts a deeply etched river valley, a deciduous flood-plain fo…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Chester, NJ - Walking - 5.1 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Sandy Hook, Old Dune Trail


Gateway National Recreation Area, including the 6.5-mile long sand spit known as Sandy Hook, is a study in diversity. Fresh water from the Hudson and Raritan River watersheds mingles with the saline w…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Highlands, NJ - Hiking, Walking - 1-9.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. New Jersey State Botanical Gardens at Skylands


Nestled amidst the oak-hickory-forested Ramapo Mountains, stately Skylands Manor was no ordinary summer escape for investment banker Clarence McKenzie Lewis (1877-1959). Beginning with his purchase of…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Ringwood, NJ - Walking - 1.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Hackensack Meadowlands


Follow the trail as it gently climbs a man-made mountain. The six-acre Kingsland Overlook represents a high-tech solution to the landfill reclamation problem. Tons of household waste were capped by a…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Lyndhurst, NJ - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. White Cedar Swamp Trail


The 850-acre Dryden Kuser Natural Area in High Point State Park played a role in raising New Jersey’s wetland consciousness starting in the 1960s. The preserve’s highly accessible 1.5 mile Cedar Swamp…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in New Jersey"
Sussex, NJ - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Harthshorne Woods Park: Buttermilk Valley Trail


Families hiking the trail system within Hartshorne Woods Park for the first time are usually surprised by the steep overlooks, sloping valleys, and dense, dry, upland forest in the heart of New Jersey…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey"
Lincroft, NJ - Hiking, Walking - 1.9 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books