New Jersey May 29, 2018
This Daytrip Will Take You To The Best Wine And Waterfalls In New Jersey
You’ll need a designated driver on this daytrip but even your booze-free buddies will have a blast. Scenic and serene, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure centered around the “3Ws”…Waterfalls, Wolves, and Wine.
Your day will start at Tillman Falls.
One of New Jersey's lesser known waterfalls, it's about a 1/4-mile hike from the parking lot off Tillman Road in Walpack (within the borders of Stokes State Forest). It's absolutely spectacular following recent rainfall...check it out in the video below by NJ.com.
Your next stop is just minutes away and equally stunning...
Buttermilk Falls is located off Mountain Road in Layton. While there are hiking trails in the area, it's up to you if you want to hop on one. You can see the falls right from the parking lot! At 200' high, this in New Jersey's tallest waterfall - there are interpretive displays and a viewing platform allows you to look out right over the water...
You're definitely going to want to check out the viewing platform!
Your outdoor adventure isn't over yet...head to the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia.
A world-class attraction, you'll find it right here in the Garden State. Tours are held daily from Tuesday-Sunday; reservations are necessary for weekday tours. Wolf Watches begin at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., registration begins 1/2 hour before tour start times. Each Wolf Watch tour is 60-75 minutes long. The unforgettable tours allow you to observe wolves up close and cost $15 for adults/$7 for kids up to 11 years old, plus tax, cash or check only.
The day's first winery is Brook Hollow.
This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a late lunch. Tastings are $10 and the winery sells two bottles that benefit Lakota Wolf Preserve (or Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary...your choice). The setting is so peaceful and you're free to pack a picnic. You can also pick up food nearby at the local Taco Bell, McDonalds, or Pizza Hut.
The last stop offers one-of-a-kind tours and tastings!
Alba Vineyard in Milford has magnificent walk-in tastings on Saturdays and Sundays until 4:30. For $15, you'll get to sample the wines, learn about how they're made, and enjoy artisan cheeses, flatbreads, and seasonal fruits. The tours are also incredible! You'll need to make it to the vineyard by 3 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, but you'll be treated to an immersive experience. There are several options available to suit your needs.
For a map of all locations mentioned (along with directions),
click here. For more details on each stop, check out their websites: Lakota Wolf Preserve, Alba Vineyard, Brook Hollow Winery.