I’m a nature lover and with that I created a bucket list of trails I wanted to hike and waterfalls I wanted to photograph. Before going hiking you should make sure you have on the proper foot wear. Some trails may be rocky or slippery so you want to make sure safety is your priority. You should bring water and a small snack with you and remember to not leave a trace that you was there. Keep the trails clean! You should check online to see if there is an opening or closing time and check the trails to see how far they are before you start them. Some waterfalls have a fee, something I found out when I went to Bushkill Falls. Many hiking trails will not have bathrooms, I suggest checking local places in the area with restrooms. Getting out into nature and away from the distractions from the city is a great way to clear your mind and relax. On my visit to to following places, the scenery and sounds were so peaceful. I hike throughout the year, be sure to wear proper clothing according to the weather and bring bug spray. All the trails are kid and pet friendly and great for beginner hikers. When leaving the woods you should take off all your clothes, make sure you have no bugs or ticks on you, and shower. Another way to make sure you don’t have bugs lingering on your clothes is to place them in a hot dryer. Have fun exploring the following sites!
PATERSON GREAT FALLS PARK
Paterson Great Falls Park is located at 72 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07522. There are park tours at the welcome center (65 McBride Avenue Extension) to give you a in-depth history lesson of the Great Falls. Paterson Falls is 75 feet high on the Passaic River. Paterson Falls was formed 13,000 years ago at the end of the ice age. You may view the falls from Haines Overlook Park. There is a foot bridge over the falls that you may walk over to view or walk down the stairs to get a closer look.
HACKLEBARNEY STATE PARK
Hacklebarney State Park is located at 119 Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley, NJ 07853. There is plenty of parking and restrooms at the site. There is a rocky climb down the waterfall that can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Be sure to wear proper shoes when visiting this park. We visited on a very hot day and climbed into the water to cool off. This is a beautiful place to visit.
Bushkill Falls is located at 138 Bushkill Falls Trail, Bushkill, PA 18324. There is an admission fee to enter the waterfalls. The fee for adults is $16.50, children $8.50 and seniors $15.50. The fee is less during the weekday. Parking is free at the site. Bushkill Falls is a 100 feet waterfalls that also offer hiking trails, fishing, boating and other family activities. The falls were simply amazing to visit. There are wooden stairs along the trails and children and pet friendly. There are several trails to explore.
GREEN TRAIL- View the Main Falls from the GREEN trail. 15 minute walk, no climbing, but there are steps.
YELLOW TRAIL – View the Main Falls, Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon. 45 minute to walk.
BLUE TRAIL- View Pennell Falls from the BLUE trail, this will take 1 hour and 15 minutes to walk.
RED TRAIL- View Bridal Veil Falls from the RED trail. This trail is for the avid hiker that’s 2 miles and takes over 2 hours to hike.
RAHWAY FAIRY TRAIL
South Mountain Reservation have many hiking trails to visit. South Mountain Fairy Trail is located at the Locust Grove entrance at 197 Glen Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041. Along this hike you will find the Rahway Fairy Trail with tiny fairy houses hidden within the trees and bushes. The Fairy Trail is 2.25 mile long hiking trail. You can find other trails including: Hemlocks Falls and Maple Falls.
EAGLE ROCK RESERVATION
Eagle Rock Reservation is a 400 acre park located at Eagle Rock Ave. and Prospect Ave. in West Orange, NJ 07052. There are many trails that are color coded to follow. Eagle Rock Reservation is also the home to the 9/11 Memorial. Eagle Rock is a great place to see scenic views of New York City and fireworks during the 4th of July.