12 Amazing New Jersey Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

New Jersey offers hundreds of incredible hiking opportunities, though some are more manageable than others. There’s nothing more relaxing than a long hike, but we don’t all have the time and energy. Shorter hikes are perfect for families, beginners, or anyone looking to take a brief but rewarding stroll through New Jersey’s natural beauty. We’ve searched through dozens of trails to bring you some of the best short hikes in the state. All of the hikes below are manageable for most, coming in at three miles or less! Come see why we think these are among the best hikes in New Jersey:

Who says a hike has to last forever to be amazing? These short trails offer a bit of everything and they’re only just the start. For directions, additional information, and alternative options, check out NJ Hiking. For more of the best hikes in New Jersey, check out these epic New Jersey trails. For a challenging hike, check out the BaToNa Trail.

What hikes in New Jersey would you call the best hikes in New Jersey? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Address: Tillman Ravine, Tilman Rd, Branchville, NJ 07826, USA
Address: Ramapo Valley County Reservation, 608 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
Address: VanCampens Glen Falls, Old Mine Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825, USA
Address: Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853, USA
Address: Thompson Drive, Thompson Dr, Monroe Township, NJ 08831, USA
Address: Manasquan Reservoir, Howell Township, NJ 07731, USA
Address: Perrineville Lake Park, 143 Baird Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Address: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood, NJ 08722, USA
Address: Goat Hill Overlook Trail, West Amwell Township, NJ 08530, USA
Address: Cattus Island Road, Cattus Island Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753, USA
Address: Peek Preserve, 1720 S 2nd St #1600, Millville, NJ 08332, USA
Address: Cape May Point State Park, Light House Ave, Cape May Point, NJ 08212, USA
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Best Hikes in New Jersey

July 29, 2022

What are the best kid-friendly hikes around New Jersey?  

As it turns out, New Jersey is a tiny state with big aspirations when it comes to hiking. There are hundreds of wonderful hiking trails in New Jersey, many of which are perfectly kid-friendly and easy. Some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes around New Jersey include amazing little gems like the Cheesequake Green Trail, an easy, 3.1-mile trek around Cheesequake State Park (no, there is no cheese, we already checked). Another favorite child-friendly hiking trail in New Jersey is the 1.7-mile Lake Surprise Loop via W. R Tracy Drive, and we also adore the Mills Reservation Trail, a 2.1-mile hike through the scenic Mills Reservation County Park.  

What are some wonderful scenic hikes in New Jersey?  

We’re pretty sure that every hike in New Jersey is a scenic hike in New Jersey, but we digress. There definitely are a decently sized handful of picture-perfect hiking trails in New Jersey worth mentioning, like the beautiful (but challenging) Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail. It’s not overly long, at 3.6 miles in length, but it is challenging (and worth the adventure thanks to its amazing scenery). We also really love the Stairway to Heaven Trail at Wawayanda State Park, and honestly, most of the hiking trails in New Jersey state parks are scenic enough to warrant a mention.  

What are the best easy hikes in New Jersey?  

Some hikes are rated as easy but are on the longer side, and we think those are some of the best easy hikes in New Jersey, hands down! Amazingly, there are more than 980 trails rated as “easy” in New Jersey, and we love them all. Some of our favorite easy hikes in New Jersey that are a little longer include the Blackwells, Creek, and Cedar Trail Loop at Six Mile Run State Park. It’s 7.8 miles long, but it’s so pretty that it’s easy to lose track of time and distance along the way. Another favorite long hike in New Jersey rated as easy is the 10.4-mile Saddle River Trail at Saddle River County Park

Address: Tillman Ravine, Tilman Rd, Branchville, NJ 07826, USA
Address: Ramapo Valley County Reservation, 608 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
Address: VanCampens Glen Falls, Old Mine Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825, USA
Address: Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853, USA
Address: Thompson Drive, Thompson Dr, Monroe Township, NJ 08831, USA
Address: Manasquan Reservoir, Howell Township, NJ 07731, USA
Address: Perrineville Lake Park, 143 Baird Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Address: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood, NJ 08722, USA
Address: Goat Hill Overlook Trail, West Amwell Township, NJ 08530, USA
Address: Cattus Island Road, Cattus Island Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753, USA
Address: Peek Preserve, 1720 S 2nd St #1600, Millville, NJ 08332, USA
Address: Cape May Point State Park, Light House Ave, Cape May Point, NJ 08212, USA