15 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In New Jersey Should Take

New Jersey offers hundreds of incredible hiking opportunities, though some are more manageable than others. There’s nothing more relaxing than a long hike, but we don’t all have the time and energy. Shorter hikes are perfect for families, beginners, or anyone looking to take a brief, but rewarding stroll through the Garden State’s natural beauty. I’ve searched through dozens of trails to bring you some of the best short hikes in New Jersey. I’ve chosen 5 trails under 5 miles, from North, Central and South Jersey. Head out to enjoy the best scenery in the region on these easy Jersey trails.

Who says a hike has to last forever to be amazing? These short trails and easy hikes in New Jersey offer a bit of everything and they’re only just the start. For directions, additional information, and alternative options, check out www.njhiking.com.

For more of the best hikes around, read 12 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In New Jersey.

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Address: Old Mine Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825, USA
Address: Tillman Ravine, Tilman Rd, Branchville, NJ 07826, USA
Address: Hawk Rock, Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
Address: Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853, USA
Address: Pochuck Mountain, Vernon Township, NJ 07461, USA
Address: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738, USA
Address: Perrineville Lake Park, 143 Baird Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Address: Manasquan Reservoir, Howell Township, NJ 07731, USA
Address: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood, NJ 08722, USA
Address: Goat Hill Overlook, Coon Path, Lambertville, NJ 08530, USA
Address: Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037, USA
Address: Peek Preserve, 1720 S 2nd St #1600, Millville, NJ 08332, USA
Address: Cattus Island, Toms River, NJ 08753, USA
Address: Cape May Point State Park, Light House Ave, Cape May Point, NJ 08212, USA
Address: Rancocas State Park, Powhatan Indian Reservation Dr, Hainesport, NJ 08036, USA
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Easy Hikes In New Jersey

July 18, 2020

What are the best wildflower hikes in New Jersey?

One of the best off-the-beaten-path wildflower hikes in New Jersey is atop Baldpate Mountain at the Ted Stiles Preserve. Take the rock staircase up the blue trail and cross a ridgeline meadow where you'll find dozens of beautiful coneflowers, black eyed susans, and other native wildflowers in bloom.

What are the best waterfall hikes in New Jersey?

The NJ Skylands and Highlands are full of stunning and impressive cascades. In Norvin Green State Forest, you'll find a waterfall swimming hole. The famous Buttermilk Falls shows off an iconic view, and all along the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, you'll find streams that tumble into lakes and rivers.

What are the most picturesque hiking trails in New Jersey?

If you love the towering pines of southern New Jersey, Wharton State Forest offers incredible hiking. Closer to Philadelphia, Blueberry Hill is a county park with miles of trails that offer remarkable and unexpected views. Schooley's Mountain is an underrated trail that's one of the most scenic in the state, and Wawayanda State Park offers miles of easy and scenic hiking trails.