New Jersey Outdoor Destinations

New Jersey is a surprising outdoor gem in close proximity to the major metropolitan areas of New York and Philadelphia. The state offers a variety of terrain, including woodlands, coastline and mountains.

There are wide range of outdoor activities and destinations within NJ. The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry manages 42 state parks, 11 state forests and 3 recreation areas. A 72-mile portion of the famed Appalachian Trail runs through the Northwest portion of the state along the Kittatinny Range.

As one of the earliest settlements in the United States and site of several major Revolutionary War battles, the state also provides many sites of historical significance. For this reason, New Jersey provides families with great outdoor and educational opportunities.

Citysort icon State Destination
Barnegat Light NJ Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Basking Ridge NJ Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Basking Ridge NJ Lord Stirling Park / Somerset County Environmental Education Center
Bayville NJ Double Trouble State Park
Bernardsville NJ NJ Audubon Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
Branchville NJ Stokes State Forest
Cape May Court House NJ Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Cape May Court House NJ Cape May Park & Zoo
Cape May Point NJ Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May Point NJ Cape May Point State Park
Cedar Grove NJ Mills Reservation
Chester NJ Chubb Park
Chester NJ Kay Environmental Center
Chester NJ Grove Street Park
Chester NJ Tiger Brook Park
Chester NJ Evans Family Preserve
Chester NJ Cooper Gristmill
Collingswood NJ Cooper River Park
Columbia NJ Worthington State Forest
Columbia NJ Lakota Wolf Preserve
Del Haven NJ Fishing Creek Wildlife Preserve
Denville NJ Tourne Park
Green Brook NJ Washington Rock State Park
Green Village NJ Loantaka Brook Reservation
Hackettstown NJ Allamuchy Mountain State Park
Hackettstown NJ Stephens State Park
Hainesport NJ Rancocas State Park
Hammonton NJ Wharton State Forest
Hewitt NJ Wawayanda State Park
Hillsborough NJ Sourland Mountain Preserve
Hillsborough NJ Duke Farms
Hope NJ Jenny Jump State Forest
Howell NJ Allaire State Park
Jersey City NJ Liberty State Park
Lake Hopatcong NJ Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
Landing NJ Hopatcong State Park
Lebanon NJ Round Valley Recreation Area
Locust NJ Hartshorne Woods Park
Long Valley NJ Schooley's Mountain County Park
Long Valley NJ Hacklebarney State Park
Lyndhurst NJ Richard W. DeKorte Park
Medford NJ Freedom Park
Mendham NJ Schiff Nature Preserve
Mendham NJ India Brook Park
Metuchen NJ Middlesex Greenway
Millington NJ The Raptor Trust
Morristown NJ Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown NJ Lewis Morris Park
Mount Holly NJ NJ Audubon Rancocas Nature Center
New Lisbon NJ Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Newton NJ Kittatinny Valley State Park
Ocean City NJ Corson's Inlet State Park
Oceanville NJ Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Parsippany NJ Old Troy Park
Piscataway NJ Johnson Park
Plumsted Township NJ Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
Randolph NJ Combs Hollow Preserve
Randolph NJ Brundage Park Recreation Complex
Randolph NJ Hedden Park
Randolph NJ Randolph Park
Ringwood NJ Norvin Green State Forest
Ringwood NJ Ringwood State Park
Ringwood NJ Weis Ecology Center
Rockaway NJ Farny State Park
Roseland NJ West Essex Park
Seaside Park NJ Island Beach State Park
Shamong NJ New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
Somerset NJ Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
Sussex NJ Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Sussex NJ High Point State Park
Tabernacle NJ Carranza Memorial
Tuckerton NJ Bass River State Forest
Verona NJ Verona Park
Waretown NJ Wells Mills County Park
West Cape May NJ Nature Conservancy South Cape May Meadows Refuge
West Orange NJ Turtle Back Zoo
West Orange NJ Eagle Rock Reservation
Woodbine NJ Belleplain State Forest