Friday, May 22, 2009

NY & NJ Trails

You can enjoy some excellent hiking trails and hikes within or just a day-trip away from New Jersey. People from other parts of the country (and, unfortunately, a lot of people in NJ) find that surprising.

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with government and private landowners to create, protect, and maintain a network of 1,700 miles of hiking trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region.

The Trail Conference is a volunteer driven not-for-profit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and more than 100 clubs.

Want to take an easier hike and see waterfalls? Try They have a nice online search tool for finding hikes by difficulty (Easy, Moderate or Strenuous) or by Views and Features like waterfalls.

Hedden County Park in Morris County, NJ an easy 3.2 miles hike that includes a waterfall - or - try Falling Waters and Grand Loop Trails at Schooley's Mountain County Park (also Morris County) which is just 2.5 easy miles with a waterfall view.

Want more of a workout and also a hike you can take public transportation to instead of your car?

Horse Pond Mountain Loop at the Long Pond Ironworks State Park is 6 moderate to strenuous miles. Crossing a causeway over the Monksville Reservoir, you'll pass the historic buildings of the Long Pond Ironworks on your way.

The Trail Conference can even provide the best map for the hike.

Monksville Reservoir from Horse Pond Mountain

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