New Jersey April 25, 2022
Take This Unforgettable Road Trip To 6 Of New Jersey’s Least-Visited State Parks
New Jersey’s least-visited State Parks make for excellent places to spend a day outdoors, exploring the Garden State. Take a two-day trip (or a really long day trip!) to find beauty at the beach, in the Pine Barrens, and up in the Skylands and you’ll get to see a variety of landscapes that make New Jersey such an amazing place to live! You’ll start off in Bass River State Forest and make your way all the way up to New Jersey’s very first State Park, Swartswood, all the while avoiding crowded trails and parking lots because these are the quietest parks around.
The entire trip takes under four hours of driving time, although you’ll want to carve out more time to stop. You can find the
whole road trip itinerary here.
Start off in the Pinelands, where you'll visit Bass River State Forest.
Bass River State Forest, Bass River, NJ 08087, USA
This small park boasts sandy hiking trails and plenty of places to get your feet wet!
Double Trouble State Park is next on your list, and despite being practically empty year-round, it's a fascinating look into the history of the pines.
Double Trouble State Park, 581 Pinewald Keswick Rd, Bayville, NJ 08721, USA
While many of the area's cranberry bogs have dried up or emptied out, you'll still find plenty of fruit here!
Take a short drive to find Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, which is the least-visited place in the NJ Parks System.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064, USA
Pakim Pond is a wonderful spot for hiking or camping, and it sits on the Batona Trail, Southern New Jersey's short thru-hike.
Rancocas State Park is a quick stop on your way up north! This tiny park follows the Rancocas Creek.
Rancocas State Park, Powhatan Indian Reservation Dr, Hainesport, NJ 08036, USA
It's a wooded and quiet park where we've hardly ever seen a soul.
Head north from Rancocas up to the mountains! This is the longest stretch of the drive, and a good time to split the trip. Stay in a cozy Airbnb in Lambertville or Princeton if you want to really treat yourself.
Jenny Jump State Forest, 330 State Park Rd, Hope, NJ 07844, USA
Once you get up to Jenny Jump State Forest, you'll be wowed by the views! You can see the Delaware Water Gap from way up here, and the hiking trails are absolutely gorgeous.
Jenny Jump also offers a campground if you're into that, and there's an observatory at the top because here you'll find some of the darkest skies in the state.
Your final stop is Swartswood State Park, a beachy and woodsy spot that was New Jersey's first designated state park.
Swartswood State Park, 1091 E Shore Dr, Swartswood, NJ 07877, USA
Swartswood can get crowded on the hottest of summer days, but all other times, you'll have this place practically to yourself. That's a rarity in New Jersey!
To learn more about New Jersey’s parks and forests, visit the
NJ Department of Environmental Protection website.
Have you ever visited any of these New Jersey parks before? Share with us your experiences in the comments section!
Address: Swartswood State Park, 1091 E Shore Dr, Swartswood, NJ 07877, USA Address: Bass River State Forest, Bass River, NJ 08087, USA Address: Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064, USA Address: Jenny Jump State Forest, 330 State Park Rd, Hope, NJ 07844, USA Address: Rancocas State Park, Powhatan Indian Reservation Dr, Hainesport, NJ 08036, USA Address: Double Trouble State Park, 581 Pinewald Keswick Rd, Bayville, NJ 08721, USA