CHEESEQUAKE STATE PARK
There are several amazing trails to check out in this park, which you have probably driven past on the Parkway dozens of times! Check out the three best spots in Cheesequake State Park to get started.
If you’re looking for something more forested, the Red Loop (1.2 miles) is for you!
If you want to take a stroll through the more sandy areas near the lake, check out the Yellow (1.2 miles) or Green (2.2 miles) trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife — especially birds, including bald eagles!
WASHINGTON ROCK STATE PARK
The main attraction at Washington Rock State Park is the overlook — as you can tell from the above picture, you can see for miles on a clear day!
But there is one small nature trail with a variety of trees that is worth the visit.
DELAWARE AND RARITAN CANAL STATE PARK
Hike or boat this historic park! You can walk down the nearly 38 miles of trails from New Brunswick to Trenton, or you can canoe/kayak down the canal too. There are even spots for biking as well!
There are many entrance points, but check out the Prallsville Mill and Lock Trail (14 miles) near Lambertville, New Jersey if you want a unique look at the canal.
Where’s your favorite spot to walk this state park? There are dozens to choose from!
MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
ALLAIRE STATE PARK
If you only have time for a quick walk, try the Red Trail (1.9 miles) for a nice stroll through the forest.
If you’re up for something longer, take on the Green Canal Trail (3.9 miles) for views of the canal and the pond.
And for the bikers, park at Allaire State Park and bike the 10.5 mile Edgar Felix Bike Path, which starts in the park!
Try and time your visit for when the Historic Village of Allaire is open — you won’t be disappointed!
Did we miss any of your favorite hikes? Let us know in the comments! And check out the best hikes in North Jersey state parks, too!