New Jersey September 01, 2015
14 Secret Spots In New Jersey Where Nature Will Completely Relax You
The natural beauty of New Jersey often gets overlooked by outsiders. We’re seen as a mass of freeways and factories, but that’s far from the case. Residents know the truth – incredible landscapes can be found throughout the state. We have mountains, lakes, woodlands, waterfalls and so much more! Many of these spots are ideal for relaxation, as science shows that connecting with nature can reduce stress. Here are some of my favorite secret spots to soothe your spirit!
1. Columbia Wildlife Management Area, Knowlton
This Warren County wildlife area offers views of fields, forests, mountains and the Delaware River.
2. Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Surround yourself with spectacular foliage and vibrant plant life! Open 365 days a year, the 52-acre gardens are FREE for everyone to enjoy!
3. Seven Mile Island, Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor is an ideal town for nature lovers! Take a stroll on the beach, visit the Wetlands Institute or explore the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary!
4. Sunfish Pond, Hardwick
This gorgeous glacial lake is surrounded by acres of forest.
5. Duke Farms, Hillsborough
This incredible estate filled with gardens, lakes, wildlife and water features is free to enjoy! A photographer's paradise, Duke Farms also makes for an incredibly relaxing day trip.
6. Wetlands, Dennisville
These pristine wetlands in Cape May County offer a peaceful place to ponder the meaning of life...or what's going to be for dinner!
7. Buttermilk Falls, Layton
The sound of the rushing waterfall is sure to soothe you!
8. Spring Lake Beach, Spring Lake
Early morning and off-season beach trips can be incredibly calming without the crowds.
9. Jenny Jump State Forest, Great Meadows
This photo of Ghost Lake highlights New Jersey's beautiful fall foliage.
10. Skylands Manor, Ringwood
Skylands Manor is home to the gorgeous New Jersey Botanical Gardens and is surrounded by the magnificent Ramapo Mountains.
11. Parvin State Park, Elmer
This southwestern state park is located on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands. Enjoy both Pine and Swamp Hardwood Forests, along with scenic Parvin Lake. Lay back and immerse yourself in the diverse wildlife and greenery.
12. The Red Mill, Clinton
If you want to enjoy nature without being completely surrounded by it, head to the Red Mill. One of the most photographed places in the U.S., it sits on the banks of the scenic Raritan River.
13. Colonial Park, Somerset
This 685-acre park includes scenic frontage on both the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal and the Millstone River. Recreation facilities, prize winning horticultural displays, and pristine natural areas are scattered amongst the spacious lawns and charming ponds!
14. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Worthington State Forest
When you're standing atop a mountain looking out on the world, problems just seem smaller.
This is only a small selection of all the incredible places in New Jersey where we can relax in nature, dozens more could be added to the list! Share your top picks and photos with me in the comments or on the Only In New Jersey Facebook Page.