New Jersey is a densely populated and developed state, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still have some surprises waiting for explorers. You’ll find one of them in Hillsborough Township, where you can have a great time on this underrated day trip in New Jersey. First, you’ll start with a hike on Roaring Rocks Trail – a 3.6-mile loop trail in the heart of Sourland Mountain Preserve. There, you’ll encounter some of the state’s most beautiful landscapes without the crowds of some of the most popular state parks. When you’re done hiking, you’re only about a mile away from the Hillsborough Star Diner – a charming, old-school eatery on the outskirts of the mountain catering to weary travelers looking for some hearty food. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in New Jersey if you love nature and good food.

Have you taken this underrated day trip in New Jersey before? Let us know about your experiences on the Roaring Rocks Trail in Sourland Mountain Preserve, or tell us what you ate at the Hillsborough Star Diner in the comments section! You can find out about the latest offerings at the diner by visiting the official Facebook page. If you’re looking for a more laid-back day trip the kids will love, why not head to Red Bank to explore this arcade and chocolate shop?

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