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“South Mountain Reservation covers 2,112 acres in the central section of Essex County, extending through the municipalities of West Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountain Range. The presence of the early Lenape Indians lingers in the name given to the Watchung—the "high hills." The reservation has changed only slightly through the years. It's been preserved primarily in its wild state. Woodlands abound in a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks tower above streams, creeks and ponds”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“If you want to connect with nature and like walking or hiking, this park/reservation it’s big and has nice trails. It’s within minutes driving. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A historic home converted into an welcoming arboretum with large floral gardens and several short walks through the glaciated kettles lining First Mountain.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Campground
“Something like 25 miles of trails! All sorts of terrain and historic iron mine workings. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum & library collection related to the encampments & George Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“We highly recommend the park and especially the bike and walking trails. A great place to bike, hike and more! Located close to us at: 142-170 Goodale Rd, Newton, NJ 07860 which is only a 10-minute drive! The Kittatinny Valley is a relatively flat expanse situated between the Kittatinny Mountains to the west and the Highlands to the east. Two rail trails pass through the valley. Kittatinny Valley State Park Within the Kittatinny Valley State Park are four lakes, extensive wetlands, and limestone ridges. The Aeroflex-Andover Airport, operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service, is also within its boundaries but not open to the public. Scattered throughout are numerous wetlands and open marshes of considerable biological interest. Limestone rock found in the area has created an alkaline soil in which only specially adapted species of plants can grow. Fortunately, many plants have thrived, and these marshes are considered to be places of unusually high natural diversity. Trails Overview: A 3-mile segment of the 20-mile Sussex Branch rail trail passes through the park, in addition to an extensive network of 11 blazed trails within the park. Use the Web Map link on this site to view a trail map. Hunting is NOT permitted on park property between Goodale Road and Limecrest Road. Click to read a detailed description of a hike in the park. Also administered by Kittatinny Valley State Park are the 27-mile Paulinskill Valley rail trail (friends group: Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee), and the Mount Paul Wildlife Management Area (click for a trail map) with 10 blazed trails totaling 10 miles, located north of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“This is a beautiful wildlife refuge that, at one time, was destined to become an international airport! Folks in New Jersey joined others interested in wildlife preservation and convinced the federal government to step in and preserve the property forever. Great place to hike and enjoy serenity of nature.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Large park with beach, swimming, fishing, boating, picnic areas, playgrounds, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, large playing field.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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  • 3 locals recommend
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“Acres of gorgeous preserved land perfect for hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 2 locals recommend
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“This is where General George Washington and the continental army spent the winter of 1779. This is a wonderful park for families and history buffs alike.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“State Park with a lake for swimming(I think a pass is $10/day) Nice walking trails”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Fishing, trails, rent a paddle boat, playground, snack bar and more! At Echo Lake Park your dog can enjoy a day trip with the family!”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Beautiful 1 mile walking/running path around pond. Take right out of the driveway and walk down Morris Ave approximately 0.8 miles. Park will be on the right.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“The Tourne is within 2 miles and lots of great trails to hike, small lakes, beautiful views. ”
  • 3 locals recommend