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The Most Breathtaking Natural Area In New Jersey You’ve Never Heard Of

New Jersey has a surprising amount of natural areas. Many out-of-staters simply picture our network of highways or the industrial scenery surrounding Newark Airport when they visit our state but we preserve plenty. About 430,000 acres of land are dedicated to state parks (that’s 7.7 percent of our total area!) and we’ve also got nationally protected lands, county parks, municipal parks and dedicated wildlife areas. State parks, though, are probably the most popular place to go when heading out for a hike, serving nearly 18 million annual visitors. Manasquan Reservoir may get overlooked in favor of nearby Allaire State Park, but we think you can’t miss it.

If you’ve been, share your photos and tips with us on either our Facebook Page or our New Jersey Nature Lovers Group!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

You can find the Manasquan Reservoir at 311 Windeler Road, Howell. The park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk. The environmental center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. For more winter hiking in New Jersey, try this short and scenic waterfront hike in Sussex County.

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state. Born and raised in New Jersey, sharing all it has to offer is her passion. After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management. Contact: [email protected]
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