Located in the US, the hiking in New Jersey offers over twenty awesome hiking and backpacking trails. The best New Jersey hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, Batona Trail - North, Kittatinny Ridge, Sourland Mountain Preserve, and Wawayanda State Park. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a New Jersey hiking trail below.
East of Wilmington near Hammonton in the Wharton State Forest, the Batona Trail is a 50+ mile route passing through pine forests with white sandy areas and several river crossings. This easy walking trail is well marked with pink blazes and runs for 50 miles through the Bass River State Forest, Wharton State Forest and Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. It crosses streams and passes through forested areas that were once bustling towns.
North of Trenton and west of Hillsborough in Somerset County, the Sourland Mountain Preserve has 10 miles of trails spread across 2,835 acres. The three main trails are shared with mountain bikers, so be careful. The Sourland Mountain Preserve is accessible from East Mountain Road to the west of Hillsborough.
North of Newark and Newton in Sussex County, the 15,700 Stokes State Forest has 35 miles of hiking trails. The Tinsley Trail is a 6 mile trek to the summit of Sunrise Mountain for a vista of the surrounding hardwood forests.
North of Newark and east of Vernon in Sussex County, the Wawayanda State Park has 40 miles of trails including a 20 mile section of the Appalachian Trail. The rolling hiking trails offer nice views of mountains and valleys.
Northwest of Stanhope, the 6900 acre Allamuchy Mountain State Park has 42 miles of trails that crisscross forests and marshlands. These multi-use trails are split with 15 miles of marked routes in the Allamuchy Natural Area and 25 miles of unmarked trails in the northern section of Allamuchy.
Northwest of Dover near Andover in Kittatinny Valley State Park, the Sussex Branch Trail is a 20 mile route that skirts swamps, lakes, fields and several small communities. Since the trails existence is so closely tied to its former use as a railroad, the multi-use right-of-way contains significant cultural features including created cuts, fills, grading and bridge abutments.
Near Shepard Lake, the 4,300 acre Ringwood State Park has 38 miles of hiking on trails and old forest roads. Keep in mind that about 22 miles of the routes are also shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders.
Northwest of Neward near Ringwood in Passaic County, the 4,400 acre Norvin Green State Forest has 28 miles of hiking trails over rugged terrain through undistrubed forest. With hills ranging from 400 to 1,300 feet in elevation, Norvin Green provides the avid hiker with scenic vistas, including the New York skyline, Burnt Meadow Brook and Lake Sonoma.
West of Newark and North of Phillipsburg near Columbia, the 6,200 acre Worthington State Forest has 26 miles of hiking trails. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail passes through the forest. Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views of northern New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest.
North of Trenton in Bridgewater Township, the 700 acre Washington Valley Park has a nice trail network in the Watchung Mountains. The hiking trails roam through pine and hemlock forest, and around wetland marshes.