If you’re trying to avoid crowds these days, here are some amazing spots all over New Jersey to get you out and about!
Use this list to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had recently. And then wash your hands!
Top Hikes to Avoid Crowds
Stroll the Haledon Reservoir Loop, Franklin Lakes
Looking to spend a relaxing afternoon in North Jersey in the outdoors? Walking the 1.5 mile loop around Haledon Reservoir in Franklin Lakes should do the trick. There are a few detours you can take in Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve — and sights you can see! — along the way, making the trip up to this spot well worth your time.
The Three Best Spots in Cheesequake State Park
If you’re looking for a diverse park with hiking, relaxing, and some great fall colors, look no further than this Central Jersey park. Here are the best spots to check out before the leaves fall.
Hiking Sourland Mountain Preserve
Sourland Mountain Preserve located in Hillsborough Township is full of small trails with big benefits. The meandering creeks and dense cover of trees surround you in the relaxing backwoods where you can find a brief escape from the world.
Explore the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
If you are a birder or weekend warrior, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time in the wildlife refuges most familiar in the Garden State. But if you're looking to expand, you may want to explore Wallkill River NWR in Sussex, New Jersey.
Scramble at Schooley's Mountain Park
Explore this Long Valley hike if you like rock scrambles, waterfalls, overlooks, and more! There are a few ways to start this hike, but you can start out walking across a lake (yes, there's also a boardwalk on this trail!).
Go Out in the Dead of Night and Shoot the Milky Way
Want to avoid people? Shoot the Milky Way. Peak Milky Way season (even though you don't have to wait) season is almost upon us here in the Garden State! Here are the BEST dates and times when the Milky Way and the galactic center will visible for the longest in the sky.
Black River Rock Ruins & Waterfall
One of the favorite spots of our founder, Virginia, this trail loop and special place is a cool one to check out. Nestled in the back of the woods along a peaceful river you will come across a unique spot of what was once a mill along the Black River in Chester, New Jersey.
Brooksbrae Terracotta Brick Factory
Nestled deep in the Pine Barrens, lay the small town of Pasadena, New Jersey is the ruins of Brooksbrae Terracotta Brick Factory. There are many tales of murder, arson, death and decay associated with Brooksbrae to fuel your curiosity. Some of which are well documented, some are old wives tales, but first, let’s get you there.