Best nature trips trails in New Jersey

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#1 - Mount Tammany: Red Dot and Blue Dot Loop Trail
Worthington State Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Note: The parking lot typically fills up by 8am on weekends. There is no alternative parking area for this trail so, please use caution when parking. Great views, challenging ascent, sometimes a little crowded at the summit. The red trail has the challenge of steep uphill portions with the reward of a beautiful outlook at the peak. The way down the blue trail is very pleasant as you see new scenery which includes a winding path through the trees and running water. There is even a small pond. This trail can be done clockwise as well. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, some users have reported that it was difficult for their dogs. Some hikers have spotted bears and rattle snakes on this trail. Show more
#2 - White Shore and Long Path Loop Trail
Palisades Interstate Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Rugged hike with outstanding views, waterfalls, ruins. Moderate to difficult. The first part going north from the visitor center / cafe (fully stocked) heads down the cliff with moderate exertion and you get to a beautiful waterfall emptying into the Hudson. At this point, if you want an easier hike, turn around and go back up. If you continue the loop and head south along the Hudson, it gets harder.Show more
#3 - Stairway to Heaven Trail
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
The trail starts out as a steep climb up to the top of Wawayanda Mountain. Along the way up there are many large boulders that are great for bouldering. Once on top of the mountain you get some great views of the Vernon Valley, Pochuck Mountain, the Kittatinny's, Catskills and the Black Dirt region. The trail then traverses the top of Wawayanda Mountain to another lookout. This is when you will start your bushwhacking along the old Appalachian trail route. (It is more like a bushwhack because you may have difficulties finding the trail most of the way as you go down the mountain.) When descending you will pass a waterfall and some nice cascades. Be careful on this section as there are many unstable rocks in the area. Here is the route to take: Appalachian Trail, Right on Blue Livingston Trail, Come to the large creek, make a right and then try to follow the old Appalachian Trail down. As you go right onto the unmarked path follow along the mountain base to the Appalachian Trail.Show more
#4 - Mount Tammany via Blue Dot Trail
Worthington State Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#5 - Schooley's Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail
Schooleys Mountain Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#6 - Black River Trail Loop
Black River County Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#7 - Hemlock Falls Trail via Lenape (Yellow) Trail, Rahway Trail (White) and River Trail
South Mountain Reservation
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Beautiful hike with some rough terrain. A good amount of inclines. Rocky trails. Really nice stretch along a ridge. Great hike to a small waterfall.Show more
#8 - Ramapo Mountain Yellow and Cannonball Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Take the blue blazed McEvoy Trail from parking lot. The trail climbs to Ramapo Lake where it joins a paved park road as it skirts the lake then turns north. The trail leaves the road at a sharp bend. Stay on road for about 50 yards and take the white blazed Castle Point Trail and begin a short, steep climb. At the top are some interesting ruins and outstanding views. Continue on the trail along ridge. The trail then descends, crosses a stream and turns uphill where it joins another park road and ends at Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline and take red blazed Cannonball Trl. Then a quick right onto the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trail by the Camp Tamarack sign. The Todd turns west into the woods and eventually joins a gravel camp road for a short distance, then turns south and reaches another outstanding overlook. Continue on Todd, across Skyline again and back to McEvoy. Left on MacEvoy to car.Show more
#9 - Mount Tammany via Red Dot Trail
Worthington State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
Hikers visiting the top of Mount Tammany can take a variety of routes. The route shown on this page follows the Red Dot Trail up a steep and rocky trail to the summit. This route then has the hiker turn around come back down the Red Dot Trail. Many hikers choose to continue past the summit onto the Blue Dot Trail eventually returning to the parking lot. You could also take the Blue Dot Trail up and back - which is easier than the Red Dot Trail. Parking is limited (~150 spots) and area roads. Please make arrangements to factor in the time to locate parking if attempting a dusk hike on weekends.Show more
#10 - Ramapo Reservation Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
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