9 Top Spots for Mountain Biking in New Jersey

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Do you happen to have a mountain bike in New Jersey, but don’t know where to use it? Fret not, we have 9 of the best downhill mountain biking spots in New Jersey for you to enjoy. We’ve also created a mountain bike map to help you plan your next adventure. Use this as a […]

The Best Places For Sunrise & Sunset Photos in New Jersey

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Chasing the golden hour in New Jersey? Prepare to be captivated by the state’s breathtaking sunrises and sunsets!  There’s an abundance of places in New Jersey that you can go to and set up your camera for incredible sunrise and sunset shots. We highlight them all in this guide, so stick around.  Quick Note: Over […]

7 Best North Jersey Spots to Watch Sunrise & Sunset

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If you’re looking to bask in the glory of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, North Jersey boasts some stellar spots to hang out and take in nature’s daily light display.  From towering peaks with sweeping vistas to serene lakeside retreats, get ready to discover some of the best North Jersey spots to watch sunrise and sunset.  […]

What To Do In Asbury Park: The Beach, its Boardwalk, and Beyond

Looking for things to do in Asbury Park, NJ? We have you covered for activities and places to see in Asbury Park, one of the most unique beach towns in New Jersey. There are a lot of activities for kids and adults all year round. We have collected some of our favorites. The Silverball Museum […]

Photo Guide: Ideas For Shooting Photos In The Snow

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With snow being a frequent visitor in New Jersey, we figured it would be fun to put together some tips on how to shoot in the snow safely. We also have some creative ideas for shooting photos in the snow. So kick off that blanket, jump off your couch, layer up, and head into the […]

Best Places To Pick Apples in New Jersey

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Fall is for apple picking. Young and old, couples and kids alike, everyone loves the quintessential stroll through an orchard, searching for the perfect speckled fruit. There’s nothing better than the smell of cool autumn air graced with sweet apple aromas swirling as you zigzag from tree to tree. Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, and […]

Visiting Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey

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Sandy Hook Beach is a stunning stretch of golden coastline within the Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey Monmouth County. It’s one of our favorite beaches, so if you’re planning a visit, you’re in for a treat! With its soft sand, crystal clear waters, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and NYC, Sandy […]

Adventure at Round Valley Reservoir – Discovering The Bermuda Triangle of NJ

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Don’t let that name intimidate you, its true name is Round Valley Reservoir, located in Lebanon, NJ. It’s one of the largest and deepest lakes in NJ, that being said there have been several people that have gone missing in this body of water. These individuals are still missing to date…hence the creepy “Bermuda Triangle” […]

5 Best Waterfall Hikes in New Jersey – Discover Local Waterfalls

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer, and the days are getting more adventurous for those looking to explore New Jersey in the spring and summer. We are always looking for new places to adventure in the Garden State, so we have put together a guide for the best waterfall hikes in New Jersey. Get your car gassed up and get ready to explore!

Photo Guide: The Best Spots At The Delaware Water Gap

For those of you who call New Jersey home, this guide to the Delaware Water Gap will give you the tools necessary to practice your craft and get great portfolio-level shots in the Delaware Water Gap and surrounding areas. Photography in the Delaware Water Gap differs from photographing the huge touristy spots out West like […]

6 Perfect State Parks for Hiking in New Jersey: A Nature Lover’s Guide

Looking to escape the concrete jungle of the urban areas in New Jersey or even New York City? We have some of our favorite State Parks to visit in the State of New Jersey that is perfect for hiking. We have included some of the recent photos that our community has shared with us at […]

Exploring the Natural Beauty of South Mountain Reservation in New Jersey

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Nestled a few miles east of I-78, and the Parkway is an outdoor gem in South Mountain Reservation in Millburn/West Orange, New Jersey. This 2,000+ acre park in Essex County is home to several miles of nature trails and a zoo (and yes, there are giraffes). Here is what you need to explore this hidden […]

A Guide to Hiking the Pochuck Boardwalk on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey

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Part of the Appalachian Trail, the Pochuck Boardwalk is a famous section of the boardwalk hiking trail through the marshy lands of North New Jersey. The trail is located in Glenwood, NJ, butted next to the Wawayanda State Park and starts off County Road 517. This serene and adventurous 1.5-mile section along the Appalachian Trail is […]

5 Must-See Places To Visit In New Jersey

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Looking for multiple places to explore in New Jersey? We have some you can check out. These locations are great for day trips and exploring all the different areas and landscapes that New Jersey has to offer. Mt. Tammany – Delaware Water Gap One of the more popular hikes in New Jersey, Mt. Tammany is located […]

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.

A Revolutionary War Spot: Visit The John Abbott II House in Hamilton, NJ

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Venturing east out of New Jersey’s capital city of Trenton, you will enter the Township of Hamilton. This 40-square-mile township is the state’s 9th-largest municipality, and within it, you’ll experience plenty of fascinating New Jersey history. One of the most prominent pieces in Hamilton’s historical collection is the John Abbott II House (circa 1730), located on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My First Visit to Duke Farms

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It was a gorgeous, chilly Fall day after Thanksgiving, and I was in the mood for a spontaneous adventure somewhere. I was thinking of going to NYC or Philly but thought otherwise with the holiday rush. Then I remembered that Duke Farms was only about 20 minutes away, and judging by the dozens of excellent […]

Exploring the History & Outdoors of Princeton

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Princeton, New Jersey is home to Princeton University, filled with awesome buildings and amazing architecture, next to a town packed with good eats and shopping. That’s why it’s one of our top spots in New Jersey. So take this virtual guide with you as you explore (and believe us, there’s plenty to do!). Walking Through […]