Despite the summer, unfortunately, coming to a close in New Jersey, we still have our adventure adrenaline running! Labor Day is typically the “end of summer” but for us, it’s just a continuation of exploring New Jersey. Whether you are looking to discover a new hiking spot or bring friends to one of your favorite hikes, we have the top hikes in New Jersey this Labor Day Weekend. Also be sure to check out more hiking spots on our Hiking Map on NJspots.
Top Hikes in New Jersey For Labor Day
One of the best views of the Delaware River is waiting at the Thomas F. Breden Preserve in Milford, New Jersey. Tucked away in between Holland and Milford is an enjoyable mix of forest hiking and open field wandering that leads to breathtaking views of the Delaware River reaching out into the distance. You will quickly become surrounded by chirping song birds, hawks surveying open fields, and the sounds of the river seeping through swaying trees.
Accessible all year round, but difficult during the winter months and snow-covered covered roads, High Point State Park actually host a great length of the Appalachian Trail that cuts through New Jersey. With several trailheads and connections throughout the park, it’s fun to access one of the most notable trails in the country.
Sourland Mountain Preserve located in Hillsborough Township is full of small trails with big benefits. The meandering creeks and dense cover of trees surround you in the relaxing backwoods where you can find a brief escape from the world.
Nestled a few miles east of I-78 and the Parkway is an outdoor gem — South Mountain Reservation in Millburn/West Orange, New Jersey. This 2,000+ acre park in Essex County is not only home to several miles of nature trails, but also a zoo (and yes, there are giraffes). Here’s what you need to explore this hidden gem in North Jersey.
Explore this Long Valley hike if you like rock scrambles, waterfalls, overlooks, and more! There are a few ways to start this hike, but you can start out walking across a lake (yes, there's also a boardwalk on this trail!).
One of the more popular areas in the state for the infamous Mt. Tammany Hike, you can actually experience some great falls along the same hike! The Worthington State Forest area is home to a good part of the Appalachian Trail through New Jersey, but also has some great water falls to experience along the trail.
Palisades Interstate Park — which stretches from Fort Lee to Alpine — has it all. You can hike all day up by the New Jersey-New York state line, or enjoy a casual stroll through a picnic area down by the Hudson River in the afternoon. Pack up your car or your backpack and head up to this versatile park to see what North Jersey has to offer.
Just 30 minutes outside Princeton, NJ lies 1,000 acres of dense forests, wide fields, and lakeside views — the Plainsboro Preserve. The Plainsboro Preserve is owned and operated by NJ Audubon and is free and open to public from dawn to dusk. The Preserve boasts 5 miles of trails including a geocache route and a nature discovery trail.
One of the favorite spots of our founder, Virginia, this trail loop and special place is a cool one to check out. Nestled in the back of the woods along a peaceful river you will come across a unique spot of what was once a mill along the Black River in Chester, New Jersey.
Nestled deep in the Pine Barrens, lay the small town of Pasadena, New Jersey is the ruins of Brooksbrae Terracotta Brick Factory. There are many tales of murder, arson, death and decay associated with Brooksbrae to fuel your curiosity. Some of which are well documented, some are old wives tales, but first, let’s get you there.
So you have seen the dozens of pictures on Instagram, you’ve drooled over the gorgeous panoramic views, and now it’s time for you to conquer hiking Mt. Tammany at the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey. We can't create a hiking list, without adding this crowd favorite.