New Jersey gets a bad reputation for being a densely populated and overdeveloped state, but if you put in a little effort, you’ll find natural wonders hiding right in your own backyard. Head to the Delaware Water Gap to find a stunning lake that is one of New Jersey’s most breathtaking places. Sunfish Pond is not only New Jersey’s most beautiful lake, it’s a fascinating geological site.

You can find trail maps and updates on the National Park Service website for the Delaware Water Gap. Whether you choose an easy trail to get to the pond or a grueling all-day hike, you’ll be rewarded with a remarkably beautiful view. And don’t forget to take a closer look at nearby Mount Tammany.

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Sunfish Pond And Other New Jersey Natural Wonders

What Are The Most Beautiful Lakes In New Jersey? 

  • Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest is a hidden getaway that won't have the crowds of popular spots like Lake Hopatcong, but is another stunningly clear lake. Unlike Sunfish Pond, this lake is perfect for water recreation of all kinds - and you'll usually find people enjoying the summer sun during the warmer months. The forest is also home to a small, charming visitor's center and museum.
  • The Blue Hole is a very different kind of lake - much like Sunfish Pond, swimming here is not recommended! That's because the Blue Hole is an incredibly deep lake, often described as bottomless. Located in the Pinelands, it's become a popular stop among the many hiking trails in the area. People love to sit and stare into the fascinating deep blue water - from a safe distance.
  • Monksville Reservoir is a man-made reservoir, not a lake, but that hasn't stopped it from being a stunning destination for those who love to go kayaking. Surrounded by tall trees, it's a great all-season destination due to how the atmosphere changes. Kayak rentals are easily available, and you'll definitely want to come back during the fall season to see the leaves change.


What Are The Most Unique Natural Wonders In New Jersey? 

  • Tripod Rock is one of the most famous sights in the Garden State - a massive boulder balancing carefully atop a pair of much smaller rocks. This is a glacial erratic - a piece of rock differing from the type of rock native to the area, usually carried by the melting of glacial ice.
  • Manasquan Beach is home to a natural wonder of its own - a stunning display of bioluminescent plankton that results in the water surrounding the beach glowing. This happens mostly during the warm-weather months, but it's a rare phenomena and a treat for whoever's present.

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