Explore the most popular beach trails in New Jersey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

A little wet on the upper part of the trail, but great views throughout the hike. Loved the rock scrambling required at on the shoreline trail. With the trees being leaf free this time of the year, we were able to see some great views of the cliffs from below.

8 days ago

Great trail that's well maintained. I really love the boardwalk they put in through the marshy areas. Very easy walk with plenty of birding opportunities. I'd say it's even worth repeat visits throughout the year.

Well kept, easy nature trail with an observation tower. Very easy to get to and plenty of parking.

Started at the alpine boat basin to make it an 8-9 mile trip. Views on top of the palisades were nice. Lots of litter though. Heavily trafficked areas. Took 6 hours for the extended loop. Navigating the rocky parts was slow. Really muddy and slushy on the long path at the top. Good workout.

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16 days ago

Awesome spot, has multiple trails. An array of wildlife can be found here and there is a nature center you can go in and learn about the trail. Also very safe I have seen police patrolling the trail routinely. Also you can pick up maps under the pavillion near the parking before starting the trails.

Great morning hike for February!
My friend and I really enjoyed everything this trail offer, the “stairs” the waterfall , the workout! In 3 hours and of course the views.

Went in the summer. Great rock scrambling and views of the Hudson

nice easy hike, great views, rock scramble along Hudson is fun.

Relaxing seashore stroll in the off-season

Gorgeous hike with plenty of Hudson River views and lookouts. Varying terrain from trails to a mile of rock scrambling, and an unexpected waterfall at the northernmost portion of the loop. High chance of wind chill in the winter due to being right on the River for a large portion of the hike, however that is made worth it with some views of the cliffs that would be invisible when the trees are not bare.

1 month ago


A bit hard to navigate. You wander through looping, poorly-marked trails through some scrubby woods.
Be sure to go along the river. You can see the bridge and a bunch of strange industrial stuff. Lots of animal tracks in the mud. Take the Cove Trail out along the water. It’s a narrow way that takes you out along the swamp. Really great spot to see tons of birds. You will frequently see deer — plus a menacing flock of wild turkeys if often looming somewhere in the woods.

Quite a few trail options and nice scenic views

Went with two kids—8 and 6–They got a little bored while we stuck to the road, but when we went off the road and on some actual trails or climbing over some of the many rocks scattered along the hills, they enjoyed themselves. Haven’t made it all the way around loop yet. Will probably have to do it without kids.

Very difficult but challenging and fun. The white trail is pretty hard, lots of maneuvering but fun. Took us about 2.5hrs in the snow. We were soaked with sweat, great workout. I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike in the snow but, we did survive, with no casualties. Lol...

Easy. Perfect hike to go on with a big dog. The water is beautiful!

Pretty challenging trail, especially the Giant Stairs. The northern part of decent towards the Giant Stairs is steep too. The views are amazing!
There is a 2012 rockfall in the middle, which has lighter colour than the rest of the cliffs.

well marked and well mapped. great for an afternoon hike. some interesting spots to check out along the trail

Hike hike hard

Hiked as a stewardship trip for Blue Friday with Campmor and NYNJ Trails yesterday! Nice initial incline and with the rest of the trail being very reasonable. Went with 12 year olds, dogs, and a mixed group. Nice views of the valley! Kudos to hikers for keeping it clean, we picked up less garbage than I thought we would!

Really nice hike! We saw a red headed woodpecker and a downy woodpecker. Lots of places to rest and eat snacks. There was even a bathroom about halfway through. We really enjoyed the little beach and dock.

Awesome hiking trail in NJ! Great views!! Challenging with some climbing and perfect distance!

Very pleasant hike. Extremely easy. We even took the baby in her stroller. Trail is well groomed. At the end of the trail you have a nice view of the bay. Many birds to look at along the way.

This was a lovely beach hike. Would recommend going in the fall when not so hot. The ocean views are great. Much of the trail is in soft sand.

I go here to read my bible. it's amazing great place!

Nice trail. Pretty heavily trafficked on a Saturday at 10am. Parking lot was half full when I got there but when leaving it was jam packed with no spots. (Free parking). Pretty amazing views. Great view of the bridge. Waterfall was dried up when I went. Some tricky parts, but doable and rewarding.

nothing like you would expect in South Jersey but beautiful

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