Favorite nature areas in and near New Jersey

This site is also useful: http://www.njhiking.com/best-hikes-in-nj/

  • Delaware Water Gap: hiking
  • High Point State Park: hiking, views, a shelter for camping and cross-country skiing. On the AT.
  • Stokes State Forest, Steam Mill Campground: just south of High Point SP, primitive campground, hiking, views
  • Pyramid Mountain: hiking in the NJ Highlands, glacial erratics
  • Hacklebarney State Park, NJ: walking, low-key hiking
  • Camelback Mtn., PA: downhill skiing
  • Sourlands: hiking near New Brunswick, also bouldering. Various hikes start near here and near here. The latter has less people.
  • Delaware & Raritan Canal: walking, particularly nice between Griggstown and Millstone (near Rutgers) and along The Delaware River north of Stockton
  • Carnegie Lake, Princeton: skating
  • Six-Mile Run: single-track mountain biking
  • Sandy Hook: beach
  • Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine division: great birdwatching
  • Rutgers University Marine Field Station: beautiful marsh, birdwatching
  • Belleplain State Forest: family camping with pond, canoes, swimming, walking/hiking, great birdwatching (including famous bridge on Sunset Rd.)
  • Cape May: amazing bird migrations (hawks in fall, shorebirds in May)
  • Island Beach State Park: undeveloped beach
  • Whitesbog: historical site related to cranberry and blueberry farming, also nice hiking trails and rare bees.
  • Batona Trail: take 206 to Quakerbridge Rd., drive until crosses Batona Trail, head south
  • Godfrey Bridge, Wharton State Forest: small,¬†pretty campground without running¬†water, great birdwatching, easy access to bogs, the shore, and historic sites like Batsto Village

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