The Best Hikes for You and Your Dog in New Jersey

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If taking your pups out for a hike is one of the best parts of your day, check out this guide for some of the best places to walk your furry friends in New Jersey! And check out our map for dog-friendly swimming spots, too. North Jersey Jenny Jump State Forest (Hope). This is one […]

Hiking the History of Voorhees State Park

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One of the most visionary components of the New Deal was the Civilian Conservation Corps.; one of the local beneficiaries of this program was Voorhees State Park. In the early 20th century Hill Acres Farm in rural Lebanon Twp. was home to chickens, orchards and fields of wheat, rye and hay.

Meetup Wrapup: Sunrise Hike at Mount Minsi

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The Delaware Water Gap is one of the most well-known hiking spots in New Jersey. We were lucky enough to catch sunrise from the Pennsylvania side on Mount Minsi! We wrapped up our 2-Part Hiking Meet with our friends at the Pennsylvania Collective by starting a 4am hike on the PA side of the Delaware […]

Discover Waterfalls at Apshawa Preserve

The word “apshawa” translates to, “upon the mountain.” This is a very fitting name for this preserve in West Milford; because there certainly is magic in the mountains here.

Brooksbrae – Graffiti Covered Brick Factory

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Nestled deep in the Pine Barrens, lay the small town of Pasadena, New Jersey. To the naked eye of a weary traveler, the town seems almost vacant, but surprisingly, there is history all around you.

Sussex County

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Grab your camera and join us on this photographer’s scavenger hunt of Sussex County.

Money Island (Alloway Creek Wetland Restoration Site)

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Follow Our Writer Previous Next Follow on AllTrails Here’s a place that’s remote in location and information – this one is for the explorers out there!  Money Island is one of the smallest and remote locations in rural Cumberland Co. This preserve sits on the area the Native Americans called “Wootsessunging.” In 1664 the Governor […]

Black River Rock Trail & Waterfall with Kay’s Cottage Ruins

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One of the favorite spots of our founder Virginia (@buewho), is this unique trial loop which is definitely 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. This […]

Middlesex County

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Grab your camera and join us on this photographer’s scavenger hunt of Middlesex County.

Exploring the Lambertville Graffiti Train

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Finding the train isn’t hard. There are two approaches you can take. This one is a little longer.  Parking in Lambertville is always a challenge, so park where you can, as near Lambertville Inn as possible.  Walk-behind the restaurant through the parking lot.

Hiking At Milford Bluffs Preserve

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One of the best views of the Delaware River is waiting at the Thomas F. Breden Preserve in Milford, New Jersey. Tucked away in between Holland and Milford is an enjoyable mix of forest hiking and open field wandering that leads to breathtaking views of the Delaware River reaching out into the distance. You will […]

Warren County

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Grab your camera and join us on this photographer’s scavenger hunt of Warren County.

Basking Ridge: Your Gateway to the Outdoors

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Share It! Tweet It! LinkedIn Reddit Pin It! Basking Ridge is your gateway to many outdoor spots in New Jersey. Its proximity to highways 78, 287, and 206 help you explore quickly and efficiently all over Somerset, Morris, and Union counties! PLACES TO VISIT Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge The Great Swamp is just that […]

Hiking Hemlock Falls – Waterfall Hike in South Orange

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Share It! Tweet It! LinkedIn Reddit Pin It! We get a lot of questions about this spot in South Mountain Reservation. And getting to this NJspots-follower favorite waterfall is easy! There are also a few things you can do here: Play with your dog in the shallow falls Explore the top of the falls Continue […]

6 Best Spots For Rainy Days in New Jersey

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Rainy day got you down? Not to worry! NJspots has you covered with some of the best places that are worth visiting around New Jersey during those rainy or overcast days. Whether it’s spring showers, summer thunderstorms, or storm season, we have some spots you’ll still want to visit. Before you start exploring during the […]

Skip These Popular New Jersey Spots & Go Here Instead…

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NJspots was started by the founder with the purpose of showing more people what New Jersey is all about and bashing stereotypes that the Garden State has. As the years have gone on, the NJspots community has continued to share amazing places around the state that are worth visiting. There are always some gems that […]

Peaceful Hiking in Central Jersey at Plainsboro Preserve

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Just 30 minutes outside Princeton, NJ lies 1,000 acres of dense forests, wide fields, and lakeside views the Plainsboro Preserve. The Plainsboro Preserve is owned and operated by NJ Audubon and is free and open to public from dawn to dusk. The Preserve boasts 5 miles of trails including a geocache route, a nature discovery […]

Best Photo Spots for Wildlife in New Jersey

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New Jersey is home to a wide variety of “critters”, some are cute & cuddly while others are quite dangerous. If you walk along any trail or sit in a park you will certainly find squirrels and chipmunks running around as if they are late for their train. If you are quiet and look hard […]

23 New Places to Explore in New Jersey in 2023

Happy New Year! It’s time to explore some new places in 2023! Check out some new (and new-to-you!) places this year and let us know where you end up. Visit Princeton Battlefield State ParkThere is so much to see here — history, hiking and suspension bridges included! Check out our guide below. (Image by @limitlessfoto […]

Exploring Palisades Interstate Park – Hiking with NYC Views

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The Palisades Interstate Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Located in North Jersey, the park stretches from Fort Lee to Alpine and offers a variety of activities for all seasons. If you’re looking to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding area, there are several lookout points worth checking […]

Guide on Choosing the Best Camera Lens for Hiking

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Ready to level up your hiking photography? Maybe you read out guide for the best camera for hiking and are ready to find the best lens for an interchangeable camera. You can choose the right focal length and photography style on your hikes when you have various lens options. We will choose our lens similar […]