New Jersey, the garden state is home to 38 State Parks and numerous county parks that have a network of trails to be explored. Much of the trail system is maintained by the NY/NJ Trail Conference which also lists hikes on their website. There’s also a network of Rails to Trails throughout New Jersey and these trails are for multi-use with the exclusion of motorized vehicles.
The terrain of New Jersey varies from the sands of the south to the cliffs of the Palisades in the north with mountains and swamp land located throughout the state. There are also various lakes, ponds, rivers and streams for water sports. Situated on the east coast of the country, New Jersey also has miles of beachfront to enjoy.
Since New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, you can expect the trails to be crowded, especially on weekends. The best advice is to start early in the day.
There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen with deer being the most common. Ticks and bugs are just as much of a nuisance here as they are anywhere else.