The Best Outdoor Activities in New Jersey

Explore the many wonders of the Garden State, from scenic biking trails to unique hiking spots to luxurious glamping sites.

The Maurice River in New Jersey
The Maurice River is one of many beautiful places to visit in New Jersey. Photo: AEROJO Drone Productions

Ready to make the most of the Garden State’s great outdoors? We’ve got guides to unique hiking spots, the best biking trails, glamping destinations, wild and scenic rivers, a magical hidden gem nestled in South Mountain Reservation, and more. Happy exploring!


South Mountain Reservation Fairy Trail: A Magical Place to Visit

The enchanting half-mile trail, dotted with dozens of tiny homes made from items found outside, sparks a reverence for nature among visitors of all ages. READ MORE


Hike and Hang! These Scenic NJ Spots Have It All

Hit the trails—then slow down, take a stroll and stop to smell the roses. READ MORE

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NJ’s Best Biking Trails: A Passionate Cyclist Shares His Secrets

Forget the Turnpike! Biking is the best way to explore New Jersey. READ MORE


Where to Go Glamping in NJ: Sleep Under the Stars in Style

Spending the night in the woods never looked so luxurious. Amenities include beds, personal lawns, Wi-Fi and even hip design elements. READ MORE


How to Enjoy NJ’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

Protected by Congress, these three rivers offer “rare beauty”—and exceptional boating, birding, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and camping. READ MORE


Fun Things to Do Outside in NJ This Spring

Enjoy the beauty and fun of NJ’s outdoors. READ MORE

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