The Awesome Hike In New Jersey That Will Take You Straight To An Abandoned Castle

Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned castle? New Jersey was once home to hundreds but few still remain. Only a handful are open to visitors and you won’t want to miss them. Skylands Manor and Lambert Castle are true treasures but there’s something to be said for castle ruins, as well. It’s always striking (and sometimes somber) to see a crumbling reminder of what was.

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This short hike is truly spectacular, and the ruins are incredible to see. Be sure to use caution and common sense, however. For more photos of the ruins, visit:, and to learn more about the history of Cliff Dale, visit A trail map of the area is available here. A special thank you goes to the Palisade Interstate Park Commission, for letting me use their photo of the manor.

You’ll be right by the haunted Devil’s Tower in Alpine while you’re in the area, and it’s worth checking out as well. If you’re less a fan of spooky sites and more a fan of beautifully maintained castles, learn about a few favorites in New Jersey by clicking here. Enjoy historic tours, a chance to stay overnight and even a coffee shop that’s styled like a castle.