Some of the most charming small towns in New Jersey are found in rural corners of the state, surrounded by farmland and beautiful scenery. Whether you’re looking to relocate to one of the more rural areas in NJ or simply love a good day trip, we think you’ll find this list handy. No matter the reason, take a trip to any of these for a beautiful day in the Garden State!

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What are your favorite rural areas in New Jersey? Let us know and we’ll check them out — we would love to hear from you! And, if you’re feeling filled with state pride, be sure to check out this awesome New Jersey apparel collection from Wear Your Roots.

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Where can I go in New Jersey that only the locals know about?

New Jersey is brimming with hidden gems! Below you'll find a list of places in New Jersey that the locals love:

  • Chicken Galore -- Woodbridge
  • The Molly Pitcher Inn -- Red Bank
  • Popcorn Park Animal Refuge -- Forked River
  • The Bent Spoon -- Princeton
  • World War II Lookout Tower -- Cape May
  • Columbus Farmers Market -- Columbus
  • The Circle -- Newton
  • Colts Neck General Store and Deli -- Colt's Neck
  • Allenhurst
  • Sakana -- New Brunswick
  • Light Dispelling Darkness -- Edison
  • Caribbean Motel -- Wildwood Crest

 

Curious to learn a bit more about these destinations? Check out our list of hidden gems in New Jersey that you'll want to visit ASAP.

What are some of the best day trip destinations in NJ?

Some of the best day trips in New Jersey include the following:

  • Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia
  • Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton
  • Cape May
  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City
  • Ziplining at Mountain Creek, Vernon Township
  • Clinton
  • Morristown
  • Haddonfield
  • The Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton
  • The Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg

 

Learn more about these incredible New Jersey day trip destinations!