New Jersey has over three dozen state parks and forests, each incredible in its own way. You’ll find opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and even a few historic sites in our state park system! There is so much to explore, and tremendous beauty to be found. While we highly recommend that you visit all the parks at some point, the following dozen are great places to get started! Here are our picks for some of the best state parks in New Jersey:

Remember, our state parks are always free in the fall – the perfect time for a breathtaking foliage hike! Of course, they’re perfect year-round, too, all for their very own reasons. State parks in New Jersey are definitely worth the trip, no matter which one you choose!

On or off this list, which is your favorite park to visit during which season?

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State Parks in New Jersey

What are the best parks in New Jersey?

Luckily for us, New Jersey is full of amazing parks and awesome places to visit should you be in the mood for exploration! Some of the most popular parks with great hiking in the Garden State include Wawayanda State Park, with 16 trails to choose from, Palisades Interstate Park, with nine fabulous trails to choose from, and Worthington State Forest, with 20 trails to choose from. Of course, these are nowhere near all of your options - New Jersey is home to 50 state parks, so you'll never have any shortage of places to explore.

Where are some places to hike in New Jersey?

Our state has 50 state parks sprinkled throughout it, so we have tons of choices when it comes to great hiking in New Jersey. Some of the most popular hikes in the Garden State include both the Red and Blue Dot Loop trails at Mount Tammany, Worthington State Forest, the White Shore, and Long Path loop trails at Palisades Interstate Park, and the ever-popular Stairway To Heaven trail at Wawayanda State Park.

Where are the best places to see New Jersey nature?

New Jersey is a nature lover's dream! With 130 miles of beautiful shoreline, 50 state parks, 81 awesome trails and so much more, you could probably throw a dart at a map of New Jersey and find somewhere that's naturally beautiful. Check this list out for a selection of some of our very favorite spots to take in all that's beautiful about our state!

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