I am lucky to be able to write about New Jersey’s most beautiful places and always glad to share some of the most spectacular with you. There are just so many amazing spots in the Garden State; we’ve got a lot more nature than out-of-staters expect. That may be why this is one of the hardest articles I’ve ever written. With so many fantastic hikes to choose from, selecting just five of the best hikes in New Jersey was very difficult. Each of these trails offers something special, from waterfalls to sprawling views and even a little magic…

I’m sure everyone will have opinions on this and I’d love to hear them. Please feel free to share your favorite hikes with us! For other incredible hikes all over New Jersey, check out this list: Easy Hikes In New Jersey. For a great hike to take with kids, check out the Fairy Trail.

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Best Hikes In New Jersey

What are some kid-friendly hikes around New Jersey?

Looking for easy hikes in New Jersey you can enjoy with the whole family? Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt has tons of kid-friendly trails, some of which go over bridges and past waterfalls. With over 60 miles of trails, there’s plenty to explore. Hedden County Park in Randolph has paved trails that are stroller and wheelchair friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, and a pavilion by Hedden Pond where you can sit and relax after your hike. There are also gravel and dirt trails if you’re feeling more adventurous and want to step off the paved path, and even a small waterfall! The Boundary Creek Park Loop Trail, located at Boundary Creek Park in Moorestown, is only 0.8 miles long and perfect for younger kids. There are educational signs along the trail, and even boardwalks where you can look out over the creek. At Schooley’s Mountain County Park, you’ll find the aptly named Schooley’s Mountain Trail, which leads along a scenic, cascading brook to waterfalls. It’s an easy, approximately 3-mile loop trail. Another great place to go hiking with kids is Kittatinny Valley State Park, located in Andover. The park has some nice flat rail trails, and features glacial lakes and limestone outcroppings. There also happens to be a small private airport within the park, with benches facing the runway so you can enjoy watching the planes take off and land.

Are there any other scenic hikes in New Jersey?

The Stairway to Heaven Trail, located in Wawayanda State Park, is a steep but scenic hike with some beautiful views at the top of the series of rock slab steps which give the trail its name. You’ll travel over a suspension bridge and wooden boardwalks to reach Pinwheel’s Vista, where you’ll be able to see the Kittatinny Mountains and even High Point Monument on a clear day. Speaking of High Point, if you can’t get enough of sweeping views from great heights, hike to the highest point in New Jersey at High Point State Park. There are multiple routes to get there, and when you reach the summit, you can also ascend the 220 stairs inside High Point Monument for some unparalleled views. For more scenic hikes in New Jersey, visit our guide to 15 of the best short and sweet New Jersey hikes.

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