New Jersey February 08, 2016
The Ultimate New Jersey Waterfalls Road Trip Is Here – And You’ll Want To Take It
New Jersey is pretty tiny, so we often leave the state for road trips. While that’s all well and good, there are some pretty epic drives you can take without ever leaving our borders. We have well over a dozen different waterfalls to enjoy, each one unique. Though it would be fantastic to see them all, I wanted this trip to be doable in one day. I’ve chosen eight spectacular waterfalls in the North Jersey area that offer a fine sampling of our scenery. The trip itself takes 4.5 hours of drive time, for directions,
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Dunnfield Creek Falls
Your first stop is near Dunnfield Creek in Worthington State Forest, part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. While you could easily spend a full day exploring this scenic area of New Jersey, you'll only have to hike about 3/4 of a mile to get to these falls from the nearest parking area. While you're here, you may want to hop on the Appalachian Trail, just to say you did. For directions, click
Please follow these directions, as opposed to using Google Maps for this location - a reader informed me that Google Maps may have incorrect GPS coordinates for Dunnfield Creek.
2. Buttermilk Falls
About twenty miles north, in Stokes State Forest (also part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area), you'll find Buttermilk Falls. The falls are easily accessible from the parking lot and have a developed viewing area. There is also an interpretive display and wooden stairway to the top. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try to find Silver Spray Falls, also known as Hidden Falls. They're located about half a mile from Buttermilk Falls, on an unmarked trail.
3. Boonton Falls
These falls are located in Grace Lord Park. You'll find these natural falls below the man-made dam. These falls once powered the New Jersey Iron Company. The falls aren't far from Main Street, so if you're looking for lunch or a snack, you have several options. Top of the Park, Sharky's West, Maxfield's on Main and Chili Willies are all within walking distance.
4. Ramapo Falls
A moderate 4 mile hike at Ramapo Valley County Reservation will take you past a lovely lake, the Ramapo River, unique ruins, a scenic overlook and, of course, the falls. If you haven't already gotten food, this is a great picnic spot. For directions, visit
5. Great Falls
The largest, most powerful falls in New Jersey could not be left off this list. While Paterson scares some people away, the falls are located in a national park, separate from the city. There is plenty to explore here and you can get up close to the falls via a footbridge. To learn more about the Great Falls, click
6. Hemlock Falls
You'll find these falls at the South Mountain Reservation, located in South Orange. This park provides spectacular views of New York City and is adjacent to the fun-filled Turtle Back Zoo. Hemlock Falls are easy to find, and just under a mile from the Tulip Springs parking area. For a map, click
7. High Bridge Falls/Lake Solitude Dam
Though these falls are not natural, they are a reader favorite. You've mentioned them many times in the comments! Built in 1909, this is the earliest example of a buttress dam. It is nationally recognized for its historical significance in the field of engineering.
8. Hacklebarney Falls
Hacklebarney State Park is known for having numerous small falls along the Trout and Rhinehart Brooks. Scenic and serene, this park is worth a walk-through. If you'd rather not hike much, you can find at least one waterfall within a mile from the parking area. It is marked on this
Have you been to any of these falls before? Do you know how to get to the elusive Silver Spray (Hidden) Falls? Share your insights in the comments, and let me know if you would take this trip!