Hiking The Stairway To Heaven Trail in Vernon, New Jersey

The overall length of the trail is about 4 miles out and back. The gain of elevation is around 1000 feet, so you're gaining a lot of elevation in a short period of time. This hike is great for beginners in the New Jersey area and also good for families and/or pets.

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Exploring Palisades Park from Above and Below

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 all year round.

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Local Guide: The Pine Barrens – No Jersey Devil Required!

Interested in the Pine Barrens, but wary about the perils of isolated forests and spotty cell service? Luckily, there exist a few parks on the edges of that vast swath of trees that can serve as your gateway for many adventures to come!

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Exploring Fort Lee Historic Park

With New Jersey right across from one of the most notable skylines in the country, there are so many ways to photograph the skyline and enjoy the view. Fort Lee Historic Park is part of the Palisades Interstate Park — it gives visitors a breathtaking view of the George Washington Bridge from any vantage point, and it’s also a popular picnic spot during the spring and summer months. (more…)

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#optoutside this New Year with First Day Hikes

The weather forecast in New Jersey is looking gorgeous for New Year’s Day 2019! That’s the perfect excuse to get out for some fresh air and exercise in one of New Jersey’s State Parks. The NJ State Park Service is hosting guided hikes and mountain bike rides across the region on January 1st, 2019.

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