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    Default New Jersey: Parks, Forests and other places to hike

    I live in New Jersey and I am looking for help adding to my bucket list of places to hike in New Jersey. So please post below any places that have hiking trails that you like that this tentative list is missing. I think I did a decent job of listing of listing the state parks and forests but I'm sure there are a lot of great county parks, preserves and reservations that I'm missing. I've broken it down into 3 groups: North Jersey (ie north of 80), Central Jersey (between 80 and 195) and Southern Jersey (south of 195).

    Long Trails in New Jersey: AT, Highlands, Long Path, Batona and Liberty-Gap

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
    Morristown National Historical Park
    Patterson Great Falls National Historical Park
    Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
    Allamuchy Mountain State Park
    Farny State Park (and Split Rock Reservoir)
    High Point State Park
    Hopatcong State Park
    Kittatinny Valley State Park
    Long Pond Ironworks State Park
    Norvin Green State Forest
    Ramapo Mountain State Forest
    Ringwood State Park
    Stokes State Forest
    Swartswood State Park
    Wawayanda State Park
    Worthington State Forest
    Palisades Interstate Park (and Fort Lee Historic Park)
    Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
    Apshawa Preserve

    Gateway National Recreation Area
    Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
    Thomas Edison National Historical Park
    Bull's Island Recreation Area
    Cheesequake State Park
    Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
    Hacklebarney State Park
    Jenny Jump State Forest
    Liberty State Park
    Monmouth Battlefield State Park
    Princeton Battlefield State Park
    Round Valley Recreation Area
    Spruce Run Recreation Area
    Stephens State Park
    Vorhees State Park (and Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA)
    Washington Crossing State Park
    Washington Rock State Park
    Duke Farms
    Sourland Mountains Preserve
    Manasquan Reservoir

    Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
    Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
    Supawana Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
    New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
    Allaire State Park
    Atsion Recreation Area
    Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
    Bass River State Forest
    Belleplain State Forest
    Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
    Cape May Point State Park
    Corson's Inlet State Park
    Double Trouble State Park
    Fort Mott State Park
    Island Beach State Park
    Parvin State Park
    Penn State Forest
    Rancocas State Park
    Warren Grove Recreation Area
    Wharton State Forest
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    Central you have all Allaire state park in Wall township & Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold.

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    How are you prioritizing where to go when? I would prioritize Waywayanda, Stokes and High Point over Kittatiny Valley (for hiking). Unique places: the Atlantic Cedar Swamp sections of Waywayanda and High Point. In Waywayanda the trail really goes through a swamp--on bog bridges but better done during drier times of year. Easier to do the Atlantic Cedar Swamp boardwalk in High Point at any point of year. (It's shorter and you walk around outskirts rather than through it.

    I love the grassy ridges of Worthington as you leave the Gap going North any season but wouldn't want to be up there on a really windy day. I haven't been through the Gap since the recent fire.

    The hemlock forests of Stokes are a great way to beat the summer heat.

    Have fun.

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