The Most Breathtaking Natural Area In New Jersey You’ve Never Heard Of

Getting outdoors doesn’t need to be reserved for the warm months – bundle up and get hiking. I absolutely love the Pine Barrens during the winter, and evergreen trees sprinkled with snow. The Appalachian Trail also offers incredible views of snow capped mountains and panoramic vistas of an icy Delaware. But everyone knows about the Pine Barrens and the Appalachian Trail, this is a lesser-known spot worth checking out.

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You can find the Manasquan Reservoir at 311 Windeler Road, Howell. The park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk. The environmental center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. For more winter hiking in New Jersey, try this easy to moderate 3-mile trail at Cheesquake State Park.