Explore the most popular river 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.

Take the green trail top the top... see the cacti...

We've walked all trails birding and with our 2 Labs. Best place for water loving pups, the cedar creeks are very clean!

Kayaking Cedar Creek great time with friends.

Great spot to hike
Trail marking could be better but great experience overall

Fantastic trail!! Great workout headed up the red dot trail and incredible scenery toward the end of the blue dot on the way back. I was traveling through on a business trip and I am so glad that I took the time to do this hike! Good trail shoes are a must - it’s very rocky and slippery if wet.

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.

Very cool trail near the historic Batsto Village. Nice scenic stop at the river. The most flying insects I’ve encountered on a trail to date when in the deeper part of the woods, but sunglasses helped to keep them out of my eyes

Cove trail was ok but there was a lot of trash.

Sweet little island and very well maintained but the tick situation there is crazy. I came home and there were about 50 tiny larvae ticks all over my legs and torso. And hundreds on my dog. Barely detectable but you can feel them in your skin and they do embed. I won’t go back until winter because of this.

I loved this trail! It’s perfect how it ends with sunfish pond before turning around and heading back. I set up camp closer to the MOC since backcountry camping is not permitted in Worthington State Forest but the hike down to the pond and back wasn’t too easy and not too difficult either. The elevations didn’t change too drastically and the views were truly amazing throughout the trail. The employee at the MOC Was extremely helpful and they allow you to park your car in there lot and have you fill out a form so they know to look if you don’t return when you said you would. This helped me feel a bit at ease since I went by myself. Overall a great experience and I will definitely be returning.

great local hike especially if you live in NYC (and have a car). great workout, lovely views and lots of seating areas on flats boulders. I initially missed the stairs on right that take you into the Giant Stairs area (through a fence) so keep an eye out as there are trails that lead elsewhere. very well blazed. not scary or too technical at all and good sneakers were sufficient on a sunny day. took 3.5 hours with a half hour lunch break.

It wasn’t to hard but it let me know that Mother Nature can do wonders. Loved it.

10 days ago

Fun trail, only couple of spots where you have to be careful, do some minor climbing which makes this qualify as hard. Otherwise some rocky terrain where you just have to watch your footing for some parts. Awesome views though make it worth it. Good hike for those who want a bit of a challenge in that aspect. Not challenging in the distance aspect or how long it is.

I did this trail in combination with Forest View Trail. Started with Forest Trail and connected with this trail on the way back, which is what I would recommend to do if looking to connect the 2. Really nice views and hike along the river.

Great hike but very strenuous. Make sure you’re in shape for this one!

Nice hike. Not very steep but surely gets your heartrate up at times. Both Red dot and Blue dot are very well marked. The blue dot trail is gradual and longer but worth the effort while coming down with the jumpin pool and waterfall. Red dot trail means business right at the outset till the top. The views from the top are lovely with the Water gap below and Mount Minsy on the opposite side in PA. If lucky can spot some Bald eagles soaring above.

Amazing and exhausting trail. Completely the whole loop and sweated a good 5lbs. Next time I'll be better prepared with more water and hiking gloves

Quite a few waterfalls along this trail which are all very nice but this trail does get CROWDED. I went on a late Sunday afternoon and there were about 30 people having a bbq/party at one of the falls with no respect to other hikers, they were sitting right on the trail and laying their food everywhere. Plus all this was going on while there were 2 rangers nearby on the road, but they said nothing to these people. Will probably do it again in the winter when hopefully it will be quieter

11 days ago

Brief summary: a relaxing hike with a difficult rock scramble in the middle.

We parked by the docks as suggested but FYI there is a $5 fee per car, and there are clean bathrooms to use.
It’s flat terrain alongside the shore. There is a rock scramble to go up on top of the cliff which was difficult but fun! Then you loop back at the top with a few nice scenic views. Also FYI map says to follow blue/white trail but it’s marked green. We saw two deer and a lizard and only a few people despite being a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The hike is mostly in shade too so even though it was 90degrees it was bearable!
Have fun!

real nice mountain bike ride. two bridges, chance to see the Clydesdales out for a walk!

nice view with an ok waterfall, would recommend as a quick hike with some reward, great for beginners

Great place to walk, run and go fishing.

My favorite in the area

nice trail. no test rooms. small parking.

Was hard in the begging but great hike

15 days ago

Really easy trails, the river is beautiful and having a bathroom at the parking area is a plus!! Cell service is spotty but there is cell service (At&T)

Saw some deer and some nice big trees. Pretty nice combinations of trails to be made here for trail runs

16 days ago

All the trails here are pretty nice for a little bit of exercise. Not terribly crowded on the weekdays

Easy trail with a few wandering opportunities.

Load More