There’s something about cascading water that’s just a little bit… magical. Psychologists even say it has a soothing effect. While many of New Jersey’s waterfalls are tucked away in the woods, there are quite a few that can be admired without a hike.
1. Buttermilk Falls, Stokes State Forest
This impressive cascade has a developed viewing area right off the parking lot and is wheelchair accessible. For even better views, there are stairs up to an elevated platform.
2. Crystal Springs Resort, Sussex County
VIDEOThe biosphere complex at Crystal Springs Resort is New Jersey's very own slice of paradise. You'll feel as if you're in the tropics year-round at this indoor/outdoor pool which offers a variety of waterfalls - each more impressive than the next. The above video just begins to do it justice.
3. Great Falls, Paterson
Part of Great Falls National Park, these powerful falls can be admired by anyone. For a unique perspective, you can view the falls from the footbridge crossing the Passaic River.
4. Bass Pro Shops, Atlantic City
Atlantic City does everything bigger and better, so it should come as no surprise that there is a stunning two-story waterfall hidden away here. What is surprising though is that these magnificent falls are located not among the glitz and glamour of the boardwalk, but in a sporting goods store. Visit Bass Pro Shops on Christopher Columbus Boulevard for a breathtaking display.
5. Little Falls, Little Falls
Located in the center of town, Little Falls is not so little. Created by a dam, these falls are quite impressive.
6. Tinton Falls, Tinton Falls
Though these may not be the biggest falls, they sure are lovely. They're also the highest elevated falls along the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Check them out from the overlook at 741 Tinton Avenue.
7. Great Falls, Hillsborough
VIDEOThere are several spectacular waterfalls in Duke Farms, Great Falls being one of the most impressive. While you CAN hike (or bike) to these falls, they are also just a short walk from the tram stop.
8. Lambertville Falls, Lambertville
This easily accessible waterfall is created by a canal lock, and visitors can even cross a footbridge over the falls for an interesting perspective.
9. Waterfall on William Paterson Campus, Wayne
VIDEOLocated west of the Overlook Avenue entrance, these falls can be quite magnificent after rainfall. One of the most unique features is the ability to walk behind these falls. Did someone say photo-op?
After you’ve admired each of these easily accessible falls, challenge yourself a bit more with this
New Jersey Waterfall Road Trip and score some aerial views of Buttermilk Falls with this drone footage. What is your favorite waterfall in the Garden State? Share photos with us on our Facebook Page.