5 Best Waterfall Hikes in New Jersey – Discover Local Waterfalls

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You’re in luck if you are searching for a waterfall hike in New Jersey. We’ve listed some of our favorite waterfall hikes. Jump in the car and head north, as most waterfalls are in the northern parts of the state. We are always looking for new places to adventure in the Garden State, so we have put together a guide for the best waterfall hikes in New Jersey. Get your car gassed up, and get ready to explore!

Buttermilk Falls

Location: Mountain Rd, Layton, NJ 07851

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Looking for majestic falls hidden in the New Jersey woods? Start your exploration of the Buttermilk Falls in Northwest New Jersey. These serene falls are some more popular ones to visit and hike.


  • 2.8 Miles – Round Trip, In & Out
  • 1,129ft Elevation Gain

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Tillman Ravine

Location: Mountain Rd, Walpack Township, NJ

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Close by Buttermilk Falls, you can take a slight detour to visit the Tillman Ravine, which will reward you with trickling falls down this rock cavern. After this hike, you will also find an old cemetery to check out. If you don’t want to make the hike to Buttermilk Falls and want to check this spot out, it’s very easy to access from the road.


  • 2.3 Miles – Round Trip

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Paterson Great Falls

Location: Paterson, NJ

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A National Landmark, the Great Falls in Paterson is something crazy to experience. Found in one of the most urban areas of New Jersey, these mighty falls are massive in size for the small state. Great to visit any time of the year; these falls will leave you breathless. While it may not be a “hike” to see this great view, it’s worth the visit!

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Van Campens Glen

Location: Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area

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While it may not be a high waterfall, the one at Van Campen’s Glen is unique. With the narrow corridor of water rushing through the rock, this is a great moderate hike to check out in the Delaware Water Gap area. We suggest being very careful with the rocky trail when it’s rainy or there could be snow or ice.


  • 1.6 Miles – Round Trip
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  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • High Point State Park
  • Stokes State Forest
  • Worthington State Forest
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Worthington State Forest

Location: Warren County

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One of the more popular areas in the state for the infamous Mt. Tammany Hike, you can 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 incredible waterfalls to experience along the trail. These falls are easy to get to from the parking area and offer suitable swimming holes on a hot summer day.


  • 3 Miles – Round Trip (Or you can extend it by hiking Mt. Tammany)

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