Best Cross-Country Skiing in New Jersey

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

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#1. Mullica River Trail


Walk on soft needle-covered sand trails through shady pine forests, along cedar bogs, and by the beautiful red-brown Mullica River.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia"
Shamong, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 9.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Sourland Mountain Preserve


Hike up and down a rugged ridge through a rich, rocky woods, highlighted by a ridge-top boulder “amusement park” with rock outcrops, crevices, overpasses, and underpasses.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia"
Princeton, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. High Point


Walk the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s highest point and its panoramic views. There is no subtlety in the naming of New Jersey’s highest mountain. Why, it must have been decided, use the name of a…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Montague, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Mahlon Dickerson Reservation


Sample the New Jersey Highlands with a loop past Morris County’s highest point and a nice variety of terrain. If any of the state’s 21 counties could come close to an idealized vision of New Jersey, i…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Jefferson, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 4.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Abraham S. Hewitt State Forest—Terrace Pond


This classic glacial tarn is located near Passaic County’s highest elevations, with views of the Manhattan skyline on clear days. Warren County, is New Jersey’s best-known glacial tarn. (Tarn, from an…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Upper Greenwood Lake, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3.1 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Palisades Interstate Park


Sweeping views of the Hudson River from the cliff tops are highlights of this short walk through a historically significant park that straddles the New Jersey–New York border. For most of its length i…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Alpine, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge


Venture into the only federally designated wilderness in the New York metropolitan area. Many hikes are particularly enjoyable in summer, since that is when the ideal combinations of blue skies, green…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Meyersville, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Watchung Reservation


Historical and natural sights, such as a pine plantation, deserted village, and scenic gorge, abound in this suburban oasis, Union County’s largest park. Wedged between the developed suburbs of Berk…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Mountainside, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 3.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. South Mountain Reservation


Walk in George Washington’s footsteps and follow the upper Rahway River in Essex County’s largest park. Today, the Hobart Gap between Summit and the part of Millburn Township that Stewart Hartshorn de…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City"
Millburn, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 5.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Long Pond Ironworks


Travel to the New Jersey state line for a historical hike through an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century iron mining community. Roam across the New York border into the massive Sterling Forest parkland…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near New York City"
Awosting, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 7.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Monks Mountain


This short loop is ideal for those seeking a more leisurely walk through part of a state park that encompasses close to 3,000 acres. Highlights include a sweeping vista of Monksville Reservoir and sev…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near New York City"
Hewitt, NJ - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 2.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Sourland Mountain Nature Preserve


In the same hills now visited by hikers and mountain bikers, John Hart, a delegate to the Continental Congress, hid from the British troops who raided his farm in nearby Hopewell. Climb over igneous t…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near New York City"
Skillman, NJ - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 1.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides