If there’s ever been a time to get back to nature and in the great outdoors, it’s now. Thankfully, the weather is getting warmer, and lucky for us, there are a ton of accessible hiking trails all over the state to discover. We’ve rounded up several of our favorite trails below so you can find a new area to explore or revisit a family favorite. Getting outdoors and into beautiful scenery will boost your mood, help you maintain social distancing and fight the boredom—and a good way to find calm among the chaos and just breathe.
Grab your canteen, we’re going hiking around New Jersey:
Estell Manor Park
Estell Manor Park is home to 20 miles of trails in Atlantic County. Not only is this a great place to bring the family for some hiking and biking, but there’s also a lot of history to learn. A 1.8-mile boardwalk begins at the Nature Center and is fully accessible for park visitors.
Estell Manor, NJ
Small and quaint, Celery Farm in Bergen County is a 107-acre freshwater wetland, where you can find streams and meadows with all kinds of birds, animals, and insects—perfect for a game of I-Spy.
498 Franklin Turnpike
Palisades Interstate Park
Along the Hudson River, you can find the New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Park – with its beautiful views of Manhattan and the Hudson there are two trails that can be traversed by foot and biking.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Located in Burlington County, the State Forest is home to the Batona Trail, Cranberry Trail, and Mount Misery Trail. There are 3,000 miles of bogs, forests, and wetlands for you to explore with the family. The State Forest is 36,000 acres of pure and serene hiking areas.
Lebanon Fire Tower
South Mountain Reservation
The South Mountain Reservation has 19 miles of hiking trails and 27 carriage roads for jogging and horseback riding, leading deep into discovering a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls.
11 Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ
This Preserve is home to several miles of blazed trails, each ranging from .6 to one mile, and all open to hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. One of the most amazing aspects of the Preserve is the narrow dirt road that leads to a ravine, giving families a feeling of solitude and alone time.
44 Pleasant Grove Rd.
Port Murray, NJ
Voorhees State Park
Located in the hills of Hunterdon County, Voorhees State Park consists of hiking trails, totaling about 10 miles, of rough and graveled to rocky and steep terrain. There are two overlook areas where families can stop and take in the scenic views of two reservoirs – Instagram anyone?
251 County Rd.
Glen Gardner, NJ
Cheesequake State Park
Bring your four-legged friends to one of five trails available to hike or bike at Cheesequake State Park. The Yellow Trail may be the best option for families, it points out interesting sites and features along the way.
Perrine Rd Trail
Allaire State Park
Allaire is a historic place to take the family for a day with walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and a restored village. There are 20 marked trails for hiking and mountain biking.
4265 Atlantic Ave.
Deep Cut Gardens
Explore 54 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and greenhouses, filled with seasonal blooms and plants native to New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Your little will also love watching the fish at Deep Cut Gardens’ Koi Pond.
152 Red Hill Road
Manasquan Reservoir County Park
With marked and unmarked trails, canoeing, kayaking, and a playground, families can spend an entire day here outside. The park itself spans 1,204 acres and surrounds the Manasquan Reservoir, a peaceful spot to end an exciting (but exhausting) day.
311 Windeler Rd.
Howell Township, NJ
Black River County Park
Part of the Morris County Park System, the Park is 510 acres and includes four marked trails perfect for hiking. Black River County Park has cultural sites too, making it a little different than most other trails. Hike in the Black River Gorge and stop by the ruins of Kay’s Cottage.
Hacklebarney State Park
Cutting through the State Park is the freshwater Black River. The Park itself has 9 trails – each differs in skill level. Some are narrow and rocky while others are gravel. Hike and then stick around for some incredible views of Hacklebarney Falls.
119 Hacklebarney Rd.
Long Valley, NJ
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
The Reservation is home to about 10 blazed trails including the picturesque Pine Swamp Loop Trail which leads to the end of the Pine Swamp. The park spans 3346 acres and gives families the opportunity to hike, bike, and ski year-round.
157-137 Weldon Rd.
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area
Nestled in Morris County, the Natural Historic Area runs about 30 miles through Kinnelon, Montville and Boonton. It’s got cool features like unusual glacial markings, dramatic rock outcrops, views of the Manhattan skyline, wetlands, and waterfalls. Your kids will love Bear Rock, one of the largest in the state, and Tripod Rock – a giant boulder resting atop three smaller boulders.
472A Boonton Ave.
Cattus Island County Park
Cattus Island County Park is not your typical environment for hiking, you won’t see any bears or bald eagles – but you’ll see ospreys and reptiles who thrive in NJ’s watershed region. The park spans 530 acres with over 7 miles of trails lining the Barnegat Bay.
1170 Cattus Island Boulevard
Toms River, NJ
Rifle Camp Park
Hike the yellow-blazed trail for picturesque views of the New York City skyline. Rifle Camp Park sits on the edge of Garret Mountain, a section of First Watchung Mountain. That means there’s plenty of space to spend time in nature and hike too.
395 Rifle Camp Rd.
Woodland Park, NJ
Ringwood State Park
Ringwood State Park is comprised of four parts – Ringwood Manor, the NJ State Botanical Garden, Shepherd Lake, and Bear Swamp Lake. As spring starts, check out the blooms at the Botanical Garden.
1304 Sloatsburg Rd.
Lord Stirling Park
Looking for a boardwalk trail? How about three miles worth? Lord Stirling Park offers boardwalk trails, two observation towers, two observation blinds and over eight miles of trails. An extra 500 acres has been set aside as an Equestrian area where no foot traffic is allowed.
190 Lord Stirling Rd.
Basking Ridge, NJ
High Point State Park
Looking for some incredible views? Look no further than High Point State Park, which promises an incredible view at NJ’s highest point. Climb and explore the Atlantic cedar swamp or Lake Marcia. Visit the High Point Monument, a memorial to NJ veterans. Check it out to see why NJ natives say it’s one of the Garden State’s best hiking areas.
Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Once a landfill, NJ has reclaimed this area to be a peaceful landscape for hiking with 1.5 miles of trails. With over 120 species of birds that have been seen at the Sanctuary, kids will love stopping at the observation tower to see what birds they can find. The area feels incredibly remote once you enter the grounds.
1811 Lower Rd.
Family-friendly and historic, the Watchung Reservation is a place where wildlife and nature are preserved. There are four short trails and one trail that is 10.8 miles long, giving everyone the opportunity to hike, from hiking veterans to beginners.
452 New Providence Rd.
For a complete list of hiking trails in NJ, please visit http://www.nynjtc.org/.