The New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) briefly runs through 72 miles of northern NJ along the Kittatinny Range. This stretch of the AT is surprisingly rugged and remote. The elevation ranges from 350 feet to 1,685 feet along the route. This section of the AT is known for its bears, bogs, wetlands and the crossing of the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
The Appalachian Trail, commonly known by backpackers as the AT, is a popular 2,167 mile thru-hike along a wilderness footpath. The Appalachian Trail is a registered National Scenic Trail that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north. More specifically, the AT runs through the scenic wooded and pastoral lands of fourteen eastern US states, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the south to Mount Katahdin, Maine, in the north. The Appalachian Trail route is more than 99 percent protected by either federal ownership, state ownership or designated rights-of-way from local land owners.
Overall, Appalachian Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 29 hikes in New Jersey.