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9 Best Fall Hikes in New Jersey – Perfect for Colors & Foliage

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The best time to get outside in New Jersey is arguably the fall, when the air is crisp and the leaves are changing! 

And for the outdoorsy bunch — here are the 9 best hikes you can take to get the best out of those fall colors.

Wyanokie High Point (Norvin Green State Forest)

An NYC overlook which also flaunts fall foliage as far as the eye can see? Count us in

Check out more overlooks and fire tower hikes here. 

Mount Tammany (Delaware Water Gap)

We are never NOT going to tell you to hike Mount Tammanybut fall might be the perfect time — just watch out for bears! Here’s our guide to hiking the iconic peak. Now is the perfect time to catch fall migration at The Gap, too!

Photo Credit: Alyssa Davis

Ramapo Valley County Reservation

You can walk for miles (literally) in this park and never be on the same trail. If you haven’t visited Ramapo, now is the time to catch some of the best fall foliage in North Jersey. Here are the best hikes in the park.

Photo Credit: Diani

Palisades Interstate Park

Peek over the Palisades with these hikes along the Hudson. You can visit a waterfall, walk amongst castle ruins, or just hang out at the overlook — all options boast some amazing colors. There’s something for everyone here.

Hacklebarney State Park

Wander through a Hemlock forest on this hike! And stop by Chester for some fall fun on your way home. Check out other state parks nearby on our State Park and forest map, or find another park near Basking Ridge with some amazing fall colors.

Cheesequake State Park

Central Jersey exists! And you can see it on these boardwalk trails in Cheesequake State ParkMeander through forests, bogs, AND sandy trails. Check out the changing colors of the bog at this spot.

Batsto Lake

Explore the fall colors peeking out in the Pinelands and cedar bogs on this historic hike in Wharton State Forest for a unique fall walk through the pinesCheck out this other Pinelands hike while you’re down in South Jersey, or wander through the cranberry bogs.

Photo Credit: Chase Schiefer

D&R Canal State Park

Reflections await on a walk through D&R Canal State Park — go on a calm fall day to get the best autumn hue pictures. Or kayak through to get something even more unique for your feed!

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments!

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    1. Virginia, NJspots Founder

      YES it does! Thank you for checking some of them out here at! We appreciate it!

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