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Some days, it feels good to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend time in nature with the family. Affectionately named ‘The Garden State’, our state is home to numerous NJ State Parks filled with activities for all ages. From hiking to fishing and playgrounds, you won’t be disappointed when you find the NJ State Park closest to you and take a visit.

Atlantic County

Wharton State Forest in New Jersey

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Wharton State Forest
Spanning three counties, the Wharton State Forest is the largest stretch of land in New Jersey’s park system. Not only can families enjoy trails, camping, hunting and playgrounds, Batsto and Atsion Villages can also be found here. In the winter, cross-county skiing is allowed at Wharton.
31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037
For more information, please call the Batsto Office at (609) 561-0024 or the Atsion Office at (609) 268-0444

Bergen County

Ringwood State Park
The State Botanical Garden and Ringwood Manor are two of the main attractions to visit at Ringwood State Park. The Garden has an enormous variety of plants, shrubs, deciduous trees and evergreens. Skylands Manor and the Shepard Lake Recreation Area are also amazing places to see at the Park.
1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
For more information, please call (973) 962-7031

Burlington County

Bass River State Forest
Technically located in Burlington and Ocean Counties, the Bass River State Forest is over 29,000 acres including the Absegami Natural Area and West Pine Plains Natural Area! With eight walking trails, families can spend the day enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
762 Stage Rd, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
For more information, please call (609) 296-1114

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Whitesbog Village, once a thriving blueberry and cranberry producing area, is one of the many things to see at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Families can also find picnic areas, playgrounds and 25 miles of trails.
Mile Marker 1, Highway Route 72 East, Woodland Township, NJ 08088
For more information, please call (609) 726-1191

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
Stretching through Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties, this park includes a Six Mile Run, Horseshoe Bend Preserve and Cook Natural Area! Horse-back riding and mountain biking are just some of the fun activities for families to partake in.
145 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
For more information, please call (609) 924-5705

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Rancocas State Park
The Rancocas State Park boasts a nature center filled to the brim with trails, guided walks and summer camps for children to enjoy.
PO Box 215, New Lisbon, NJ 08064
For more information, please call (609) 726-1191

Cape May County

Cape May Point State Park
With so many fun things to do, families can spend an entire day exploring the Cape May Point State Park. The main attraction is the Cape May Lighthouse which is 157 feet tall and 199 steps to the top. Once you are done taking in the breathtaking view from on top the Lighthouse, enjoy bird watching, picnicking or hiking.
P O Box 107, Cape May Point, NJ 08212
For more information, please call (609) 884-2159

Corson’s Inlet State Park
One of the last undeveloped beachfront, the Corson’s Inlet State Park was established in the 1960’s to preserve the area! Boating and Fishing are two of the most popular activities at the Park with families also enjoying hiking and interpretive tours.
Ocean City and Upper Township, c/o Belleplain State Forest, NJ
For more informatiom, please call (609) 861-2404

Hudson County

Liberty State Park
You can’t visit Liberty State Park without stopping to take in the breathtaking Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial, the official New Jersey memorial honoring those lives lost on September 11, 2001. The names of those lost are etched into the two stainless steel walls that make up the memorial.  Liberty Science Center is also a must-see at the Park, boasting endless opportunities for discovery.
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
For more information, please call (201) 915-3403

Hunterdon County

Vorhees State Park
Located in the picturesque Hunterdon County, Vorhees State Park is the home to seven trails for hiking, walking and biking! Camping, fishing, hunting and a playground area are some of the activities families can enjoy at the Park.
251 County Road Route 513, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
For more information, please call (908) 638-8572

Mercer County

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Princeton Battlefield State Park
For the history buffs in your family, a stone patio at the Park commemorates the grave of 21 British and 15 American soldiers who died during the Battle of Princeton. A poem was written about the site, which is known as the “fiercest fight of its size”, by Alfred Noyles.
500 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
For more information, please call (609) 921-0074

Washington Crossing State Park
On Christmas Day in 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed on the spot now known as Washington Crossing State Park during the American Revolution. There is a museum in the Park commemorating that fateful day so long ago and a theater boasts live plays and musicals.
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560
For more information, please call (609) 737-0623

Middlesex County

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Cheesequake State Park
Situated in the middle of the state, the Cheesequake State Park has five trails for walking, running or biking! There is also a Nature Center with wildlife exhibits and historic information about the early colonization of the area.
300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747
For more information, please call (732) 566-2161

Monmouth County

Allaire State Park
With over 3,000 acres to enjoy, Allaire State Park has something for everyone. From fishing and hiking to picnicking and bird watching, the Park is filled with the beauty of nature and open to the public daily. Take a pit stop at the Historic Allaire Village before heading home for a little dose of history.
4265 Atlantic Ave.,Farmingdale, NJ 07727
For more information, please call (732) 938-2371

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park
In June, take the whole family out to the Monmouth Battlefield State Park and enjoy a little taste of history with the Battle of Monmouth reenactments. After you travel back in time, take a walk around the grounds and take in the beautiful scenery as well as the activities available.
16 Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726
For more information, please call (732) 462-9616

Morris County

Farny State Park
With almost 5,000 acres of land, a visit to the Farny State Park is a beautiful way for families to take in the outdoors and spend the day together. Hiking, birdwatching, fishing and hunting can all be found at the park.
1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
For more information, please call (973) 962-7031

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Hacklebarney State Park
The Black River is filled with trout in the Spring and Fall at the Hacklebarney State Park, providing a great chance for fish to be caught. Children can run and play on the playground at the Park and enjoy a picnic when they are tired out! Hiking and hunting can also be enjoyed at the Park.
119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853
For more information, please call (908) 638-8572

Ocean County

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Found on the northern tip of the picturesque beach town of Long Beach Island, the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is home to the historic Barnegat Lighthouse. After visiting the Lighthouse and the Interpretive Center, families can enjoy a picnic or other fun activities at the park.
P.O. Box 167, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
For more information, please call (609) 494-2016

Double Trouble

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Double Trouble State Park
The name says it all! Located in Berkley and Lacey Townships, the Double Trouble Park is the home to Cranberry Bogs and Double Trouble Village. Here you can enjoy hunting, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
581 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville, NJ 08721
For more information, please call (609) 726-1191

Island Beach State Park
Ten miles of white sand allows for the perfect backdrop for swimmers, surfers and sunbathers. Families can enjoy guided kayak or canoe tours in the summer along the Barnegat Bay or spend the day having a picnic at one of the picnic areas.
PO Box 37, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
For more information, please call (732) 793-0506

Passaic County

Abram S. Hewitt State Park
Located in an undisturbed and fairly untouched area, this Park is a hiking fan’s dream come true! With 11 trails to traverse, including the Appalachian Trail and Bearfort Ridge, the land is categorized by scenic views and marshy areas.
885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421
For more information, please call (973) 853-4462

Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Spend the day fishing with the family at Long Pond Park’s bodies of water, Green Turtle Pond and Monksville Reservoir. There are also guided tours through the Ironworks Historic District where the furnace area is still open for visitors.
1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
For more information, please call (973) 962-7031

Wawayanda State Park
Wawayanda State Park is one of the most quiet and peaceful places to go and enjoy a day with the family. With some of the most beautiful views, the Park is the perfect place for hiking, camping, special events or playing.
885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421
For more information, please call (973) 853-4462

Salem County

Fort Mott State Park
Used as a military reservation in the late 1800s, Fort Mott State Park was opened to the public as a Park in 1951. Today, families can enjoy the many trails, picnic areas and interpretive programs.
454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ 08070
For more information, please call (856) 935-3218

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Parvin State Park
A lifeguarded swimming area is designated at the Park for families to cool off during the dog days of summer. Camping, boating, canoeing and fishing can also be found at the Park.
701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318
For more information, please call (856) 358-8616

Somerset County

Washington Rock State Park
Bought in 1913, Washington Rock State Park is one of the oldest parks in New Jersey. Picnicking and spending time in awe of the break taking views and nature is one of the most popular reasons families visit the Park.
355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
For more information, please call (908) 722-1200

Sussex County


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High Point State Park
With amazing views of the Pocono Mountains, one of the most popular attractions at High Point State Park is the High Point Monument. From the top of the Monument, families can also take in the Catskills and Wallkill River Valley! On a hot summer day, cool off in Lake Marcia.
1480 Route 23, Sussex, NJ 07461
For more information, please call (973) 875-4800

Hopatcong State Park
With three bodies of water at Hopatcong Park, families can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating or canoeing. There are also two playgrounds for children to run around and enjoy nature or play a game of soccer in the open field.
PO Box 8519, Landing, NJ 07850
For more information, please call (973) 398-7010

Kittatinny Valley State Park
Take a walk through Waterloo Village, a Lenape Indian Village dating back to the early 19th century. After you have visited the Village, venture to the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden or partake in Geocaching at the Park.
PO Box 1100, Andover, NJ 07821
For more information, please call (973) 786-6445

Swartswood State Park
Four trails for walking, running or biking can be found at Swartswood State Park for the outdoor lovers in your family. Biking, horseback riding and mountain biking can also be enjoyed at the Park.
PO Box 123, Swartswood, NJ 07877
For more information, please call (973) 383-5230

Warren County

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Allamuchy Mountain State Park
Rock climbing is a unique activity that can be found at Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Visitors can also go fishing, boating, canoeing or hunting! During the winter, sports like ice fishing, ice boating and sledding are enjoyed at the Park.
800 Willow Grove St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840
For more information, please call (908) 852-3790

For a complete list of parks in NJ, check out our 275 parks article over at NJMOM.com!

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Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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