This Scenic Drive Runs Straight Through New Jersey's Sawmill Park, And It's A Breathtaking Journey
By Raymond Goldfield|Updated on September 05, 2023(Originally published April 05, 2023)
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
The Garden State may be small, but it’s the densest state in the United States. Roads crisscross our little state everywhere you look. However, if you’ve spent any time on the highways here, you know all roads are most definitely not created equal. Some long drives are little more than a simple journey along a highway dotted with rest stops and chain restaurants, of course. But we have plenty of amazing scenic drives in New Jersey, too.
One of our favorites is Route 40 in New Jersey. It’s also known as the Harding Highway, and it’s a quiet retreat through Salem County that will take you past some of the state’s best rural attractions. The main selling point of Rt 40 NJ is its stunning views of Sawmill Park. This unique county park is filled with not just natural beauty, but also with amazing works of art. The entire journey down Route 40 NJ covers about 54 miles, before terminating at either the Hamilton Mill or the Delaware Memorial Bridge, depending on which way you’re traveling. No matter what way you are heading, you’re in for some amazing views.
Have you ever enjoyed this scenic drive in NJ? Share your favorite stops in the comments!
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What are some more great parks in New Jersey, besides Sawmill Park?
There are 49 state forests and state parks in New Jersey, so there are plenty of places to get out and explore. We're not called the Garden State for no reason!