CAPE MAY POINT STATE PARK
WHARTON STATE FOREST
Dip your toe into the Pinelands and explore Wharton State Forest! There are tons of hikes, but these ones will get you started.
Hike along the Batsto River on the Batsto White Trail (4 miles). This loop will send you right through the forest!
A fan favorite, hike the 8.6 mile Batona trail that leads to the Apple Pie Hill fire tower. The tower is closed to visitors, but you can still check it out from the ground!
While you’re in the area, be sure you visit Batsto Village.
BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE STATE PARK
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK
This park is so expansive we have an entire guide on it!
Check out areas 4, 13, 16, 17, and 21 for dune treks out to the ocean, and 7, 16, and 20 for nature trails to visit the bay. There is also a nice trail to the bay right by the entrance to the park.
Whether it’s the bay or the beach, ISBP has something for everyone! There are also canoe/kayak drops at areas 15 and 21, so make sure to check out the paddling trails too!
While you’re out on the barrier islands, check out Long Beach Island.
DOUBLE TROUBLE STATE PARK
You can also take the Mill Pond trail (1.2 miles) to visit the reservoir.
And check out our guide on neighboring park Jake’s Branch for more hikes in the area.
BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST
RANCOCAS STATE PARK
If you are looking for a state park close to Philadelphia, this park fits the bill!
Take the Rancocas State Park Loop (4 miles) to complete your loop of the park!
For marshy alternatives, try the Blue and Orange Loop (3.8 miles) or the Whispering Woods and Little Brook Loop (3.4 miles).
BRENDAN T. BYRNE STATE FOREST
If you’re looking for a long hike in South Jersey, this state forest is the place for you.
And the Batona Trail is your best friend! Do sections of the 53 mile point to point trail to see large swaths of the Pinelands all at once (and the wildlife inside!).
CORSEN'S INLET STATE PARK
This park is one of the last undeveloped tracts along the state’s oceanfront! And if you’re headed down to your beach house, this is the perfect park to check out.
And look up! You will be able to see many different kinds of birds here.
Did we miss any of your favorite hikes? Let us know in the comments!