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New Jersey Backpacking Trails

New York City: Wawayanda State Park Loop

Hike, ski, or bike a hidden pocket of sylvan wilderness just an hour from Manhattan.

New York City: High Point

This 11.8-miler traces the Appalachian Trail along an idyllic ridgeline to New Jersey’s highpoint, 60 miles from Manhattan.

Appalachian Trail: Warwick Turnpike to NY 17A

Connect New Jersey and New York on this rugged 8.6-mile route that traverses the glacier-cut spine of Bellvale Mountain.

Appalachian Trail: NJ 94 to Warwick Turnpike

This sweet 5.3-miler charges up Wawayanda Mountain, crosses a 19th century iron bridge, and cruises past Luther’s Rock, a boulder left by retreating glaciers.

Appalachian Trail: NJ 284 to NJ 94

Ten miles is all it takes to tour this medley of landscapes ranging from giant swamps in Vernon Valley to the glacier-scraped summit of Pochuck Mountain.

Appalachian Trail: NJ 23 to NJ 284

Soon after its start in Highpoint State Park, this 9.5-miler travels the New Jersey-New York border then crosses tens of small bridges through the Vernie Swamp. Add-on: Follow spur trail to New Jersey’s highpoint.

Appalachian Trail: Culvers Gap to NJ 23

Walk along Kittatinny Ridge to the crest of Sunrise Mountain to photograph panoramas of the New Jersey Highlands and the Poconos before dropping down to High Point State Park.

Appalachian Trail: Millbrook-Blairstown Road to Culvers Gap

This 13.7-miler unfurls across the backbone of Kittatinny Ridge showcasing lake-dotted landscapes and views above Culvers Lake. Must see!: Take the sidetrip to Buttermilk Falls, New Jersey’s highest waterfall.

Appalachian Trail: Delaware River Bridge to Millbrook-Blairstown Road

Start where the Delaware River pours through Kittatinny Ridge to explore this 13.3-mile trek of a wooded ridgeline that runs past a glacial pond and a 60-foot fire tower.

New York City, NY: Old Guard Trail

Relive summer camp on a hike full of mini-habitats, historic relics, and hilltop views.

New York City, NY: Hartshorne Woods Park

See a different side of North Jersey from the Grand Tour Trail.

Newark, NJ: South Mountain Reservation

Hike to hidden falls, summit views and a Revolutionary War-era landmark on this 6-mile loop in South Mountain Reservation.

Morristown National Historical Park: Speedwell Park to Jockey Hollow Encampment

Follow George Washington’s footsteps through swamplands and forests on this 7.6-mile trek (one-way) to Morristown National Historical Park.

Morristown, NJ: Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge

Traipse along the Great Swamp’s boardwalk to sprawling, wildflower-speckled everglades and three world-class birding spots on this easy, two-mile loop near Morristown.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ: Mount Tammany

Trek up 1,500-foot Mount Tammany for far-reaching views of the Kittatinny Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap on this 3.6-mile loop.

New York City: Sandy Hook

Explore bayside birding spots, forest-lined beaches, a historic army base, and the nation’s oldest standing lighthouse on this 13-miler at Sandy Hook.

New York City: Liberty State Park Loop

Walk between a vast everglade, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island on this 5-mile loop through New Jersey’s largest urban park.

Philadelphia: Parvin Lake-Long Trail-Thundergust Loop

Hike quiet trails along the seam where oak forests, hardwood swamps, and pitch pine lowlands meet. Cross streams tinted brown by cedar and bog iron, and take a dip in the park’s large, centerpiece lake on this easy 4.6-miler in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.

Bloomingdale, NJ: Highlands Trail Loop

Find solitude atop rugged, open rock faces on this 5.6-mile loop in Norvin Green State Forest.

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Appalachian Trail New Jersey

Appalachian Trail: NJ 23 to NJ 284

Soon after its start in Highpoint State Park, this 9.5-miler travels the New Jersey-New York border then crosses tens of small bridges through the Vernie Swamp. Add-on: Follow spur trail to New Jersey’s highpoint.

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