Located only miles from the Pennsylvania border in northwest New Jersey, Worthington State Forest is one of the Garden State’s best spots for unspoiled natural beauty. If you want to see it at its best, set out on an adventure on the Worthington Blue Trail. This 4.6-mile out-and-back hike poses some challenges, but for those ready for an adventurous hike, they’ll find some of the best views in all of New Jersey. Rated as hard by AllTrails, it’s best-suited for experienced hikers and provides a chance to see this remote state forest at its best. There are many adventures in Worthington State Forest – including a hidden waterfall – but this might be one of the best.

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Have you explored Worthington State Forest before? The forest and its trails hold many secrets, so tell us all about what you discovered in the comments section! To see more pictures and information about the Worthington Blue Trail, make sure to check out the AllTrails trail listing and check the state website for information about current operations at Worthington State Forest. This is also the kind of hike that AllTrails + was made for – having the digital trail maps with step-by-step directions on your hike can be a real time saver.

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What Are Some Of The Best Challenging Hikes In New Jersey?

  • Stonetoss Circular Trail, found in Ringwood State Park, is a 10.4-mile trail rated as hard by AllTrails - making this an all-day adventure. You'll encounter significant elevation and some challenging terrain, but it's well worth the journey for what might be the best views in Northern New Jersey. As this is a long hike, you can expect to see diverse flora and even some ruins left behind by past visitors, before ending with some incredible views of the forests below.
  • Rocky Point Loop in Hartshorne Woods Park near Rumson is a more laid-back hike, only three miles and rated moderate by AllTrails, so it's a great hike for those looking to push themselves a little. This charming and diverse loop trail features a beach with a long fishing pier, but the biggest surprise is the presence of historic World War II bunkers along the way. These massive structures make impressive photo ops!

 

What Are Some Of The Best Attractions Near Worthington State Forest?

  • The Lakota Wolf Preserve might be the most unique attraction in all of New Jersey - this nature preserve houses four different wolf packs, plus bobcats, foxes, and a lynx in a safe environment. The animals roam free, while humans can get close to them while remaining safe via chain link fences. Guided tours by the owners are available - and they have treats, so the residents will come calling to give you excellent views!
  • Camp Taylor Campground is about as remote as it gets if you don't want to pitch a tent in the woods! Abutting the Lakota Wolf Preserve, this charming backwoods campground has both RV hookups and rustic cabins for rent at reasonable rates. There's a swimming lake, a store selling provisions and gifts, and firepits for cookouts. It's the perfect home base for an extended camping trip.

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