Explore New Jersey’s State Parks Through The Years With These 15 Vintage Photos

New Jersey may be a mostly urban state but we’re not all sprawl. Not at all! We’ve got over 715,000 acres of farmland and over 430,000 acres of parkland. This number is based on our state parks – if you factor in our county and local parks, along with non-profit nature preserves, we’d probably top 500,000 acres! This is something to be proud of as a New Jerseyan, and our parks are a big part of what makes our state so great. We’ve got forests to hike through, sandy shores to explore, and so much more. Check out a few vintage photos of Garden State parks below for some inspiration about what state parks to visit in New Jersey next!

Share your New Jersey state park stories and photos in the comments, and let us know if you’d like to see more vintage state park photos in a future article! What are your favorite state parks to visit in New Jersey? Tell us about those as well! For more amazing Jersey history, you can’t miss this fascinating article about the history of New Jersey’s oldest towns.

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State Parks to Visit in New Jersey

April 06, 2022

What are the best state parks in New Jersey?  

There are more than 50 awe-inspiring state parks and recreation areas scattered all over our little state – don’t let its tiny size fool you! We think you should add ALL of them to your bucket list, but there are some that we just can’t get enough of (and we think you won’t either). Among our favorite state parks in New Jersey are gems like Cheesequake State Park, which offers up more than 1200 acres of trails, boardwalks, awesome forests, and so much more. Allaire State Park, in Farmingdale, includes an old historic village, hiking, fishing, and camping. The Wharton State Forest is a great place to go if you’re into places that feel like they’re something out of a storybook. Oh, and you can’t miss High Point State Park, in Sussex; it features – you guessed it – the highest point in all of New Jersey, and it’s well worth the views! 

What are some great things to do outside in New Jersey?  

New Jersey is an excellent place to be if you’re a fan of the outdoors; after all, with more than 50 state parks and recreation areas alone, how could you NOT fall in love with New Jersey’s natural beauty? Head to Columbia and visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve to learn about some of the most beautiful (and tragically misunderstood) creatures of the woods. If you enjoy learning, maybe a trip to the Wetlands Institute at Stone Harbor is in order, where you can learn about the wetlands and natural world around you (there’s also some awesome bird watching there, too). Tube the Delaware River. Go camping, hiking, or kayaking at our state parks. Get a park pass and visit all the National Parks, too! The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination, so if you can dream it, you can probably do it outdoors in New Jersey.