Early November in New Jersey offers perfect hiking weather. Temperatures fall into that sweet spot between too hot and too cold. If you love the outdoors, head to one of these trails and enjoy the scenic views.
1. Appalachian Trail
The longest trail on this list, the Appalachian Trail runs for 72 miles through Northern New Jersey. The difficulty rating ranges from easy to moderate, and the elevation ranges from 350-1685 feet.
2. Columbia Trail
This 16-mile trail runs from High Bridge, in Hunterdon County, through Washington Township, in Morris County. This trail offers easy hiking and biking on a mostly flat surface.
3. Pinelands Forest Easy Walk
This 5-mile loop through Allaire State Park allows hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Perfect for beginners, the elevation varies by only about 70 feet.
4. Cheesequake Hardwood Forest Loop
This easy 3-mile hike consists predominately of hardwood forest but offers a variety of ecosystems including swamps, salt and freshwater marshes, and Pitch Pine.
5. Batona Trail
This 50-mile trail ranges in difficulty from moderate to strenuous. Batona derives its name from the words BAck TO NAture and will take you through the incredible Wharton State Forest. Be sure to stop at historic Batsto Village on your way.
6. Old Cedar Trail
This easy to moderate 3-mile trail will immerse hikers in nature while offering incredible views of NYC at the summit of Campgaw Mountain.
7. Cattus Island Loop
There are several trails at this Toms River park, but several are closed due to storm damage. The 2.2 mile Cattus Island Loop offers scenic salt marsh and woodland views.
8. Washington Crossing Multi-Use Trail
There are 13 miles of trails at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, but the multi-use trail offers areas for biking and horseback riding.
9. Manasquan Reservoir Perimeter Trail
This 5-mile trail offers incredible waterfront views. The reservoir also offers a 1-mile nature trail if you're looking for a shorter hike.
10. Huyler's Landing Trail/Closter Dock Trail
This 5-mile moderate circuit is pet friendly. Hike from the riverfront to the top of the Palisades Cliffs and enjoy incredible views of the Hudson River and New York City.
11. Songbird Trail
This 5.1 mile trail in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Reserve offers exceptional opportunities for bird watching.
12. Garret Mountain Reservation Loop
An urban oasis, Garret Mountain is home to an abundance of nature, New York City views, and Lambert Castle. Follow the yellow and white trails on the Morris Canal Greenway to take in the beauty of magnificent Paterson-area park.
There are so many incredible trails in New Jersey, offering everything from mountain vistas to ocean views. What are your favorite trails in our state? Do you hike, bike, ride? Let me know in the comments.