New Jersey (Best Hikes With Children)
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It's definitely a continuous climb to the top, but worth the view. Really pretty hike but trail markers were super confusing. Both trails had plain white markers so we got a bit turned around. Found our way by back tracking a bit. A nice day nevertheless. Be aware of bees nests.
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Got stung in one area since I was unknowingly likely too close to a nest. Beautiful falls, and wildflower field.. Lots of incline and rocky terrain, best to wear hiking shoes.. We spotted an owl and deer and several baby frogs on our way.. Nice and friendly walking some are has shades most of the area you are under the sky. A little muddy on the north side but easily negotiable. Took an infant in a backpack and had no trouble.
Easy to extend trail distance depending how you feel. Limited parking but spaces turn over.
A kinda confusing spiderweb of trails, so make sure you take a map for navigation. No views or nothing, but relatively wide trails and far fewer people on a Saturday morning than Hartshorne Woods. Mostly flat with a few gentle grades. Not much for scenery, but a nice walk in the woods. Be sure to grab one of the trail maps.
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It can be a little confusing finding your way around. From the parking lot up on Skyline drive, the trail is paved all the way down to the lake and dam though fairly tough on the way back due to the climb. If your kids are weirdos like mine and enjoy the bouncing, it can work.
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The stone towers still stand here as does a swimming pool which is now overgrown with plants. Or were they ever there at all? Not much of a hike, but exploring the falls of Paterson is also a great experience with kids and can be done with a stroller. The walk up from the parking lot is steep, but no steps, and the bridges across the falls are conducive to a stroller, even a wide double one like ours. You can get a great view of one of the few National Historical Parks in NJ and enjoy a unique experience as well.
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New Jersey, though perhaps not so well known for parks and nature, has a surprisingly number and variety of places to explore in the outdoors. Dad on the Run. Sign in Get started. Never miss a story from Dad on the Run , when you sign up for Medium.
Stranded here after glaciers moved through, this massive boulder is perfectly balanced on three much smaller rocks hence the name. The kids can also go off-trail for some geocaching in the woods. The outer loop is 3. From the first parking lot, take the yellow trail that leads you along the outskirts of the entire park close to the neighboring reservoir, or take the red trail, which is shorter and more direct.
Neither trail is particularly difficult, so both are great options for beginners.
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A stunning view of the New York City skyline, as well as some cool rocky cliffs. There are lifeguards and concessions here, too.
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Before you head back, hit the highlight of the park: Climb up inside the foot, circa monument erected in honor of all war veterans. The kids will love peeking in the mailbox at the top, where hikers traversing the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine all sign in as they pass. Start on the yellow Hoeferlin Memorial trail, then take the white Castle Point trail up a very steep hill to see the ruins of the Van Slyke mansion built by stockbroker William Porter in the early s. The really cool ruins of an old mansion, a pretty lake and lots of flora and fauna.