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Where to Go Hiking

Looking to hike the best trails and see beautiful waterfalls? Discover the Best Hiking Trails and Waterfalls to Explore. I am a nature lover and love taking photographs when I am out. I created a bucket list of trails and waterfalls that I wanted to explore. Before going hiking, you should make sure you have the proper footwear.

Some trails may be rocky or slippery. You want to make safety your priority. Bring water, a small snack, bug spray, and sunblock if needed. Remember when visiting the woods to leave no trace that you were there. Clean up after yourself.

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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 your hike. 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 of the city is a great way to clear your mind and relax. On my visit to the following places, the scenery and sounds were so peaceful. I hike throughout the year. The weather is not a problem for me unless it’s raining. Be sure to wear proper clothing according to the weather.

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!





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Waterloo Village, Stanhope, New Jersey
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Schooley’s Mountain

Schooley’s Mountain County Park is named for the Schooley family, who were considerable proprietors of land in the area, circa 1700. In October of 1969, the Morris County Park Commission acquired the land from the YMCA of Morristown. Schooley’s Mountain County Park was dedicated and opened to the public in 1974.

The Morris County Park Commission purchased the Albano and Claremont tracts in 1991. The 236-acre Claremont tract lies in Long Valley and is comprised of rich agricultural lands and riverine wetlands. The site provides access to the South Branch of the Raritan, one of the highest-quality freshwater fisheries in New Jersey.

Schooley’s Mountain County Park

Schooley’s Mountain County Park

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Paterson Great Falls Park is at 72 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07522. There are park tours at the welcome center (65 McBride Avenue Extension) to give you an in-depth history lesson on the Great Falls. Paterson Falls is 75 feet high on the Passaic River. Paterson Falls formed 13,000 years ago at the end of the ice age.

You may view the falls from Haines Overlook Park. There is a footbridge over the falls that you may walk over to view or walk down the stairs to get a closer look. This is truly a hidden treasure in the heart of Paterson.

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Hacklebarney State Park is located at 119 Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley, NJ 07853. There is plenty of parking and restrooms at the site. A rocky climb down the waterfall 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. Adults pay $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 waterfall that also offers hiking trails, fishing, boating, and other family activities. The falls were amazing to visit. There are wooden stairs along the trails and they are children and pet friendly. There are several trails to explore.

GREEN TRAIL- View the Main Falls from the GREEN trail. 15-minute walk, with no climbing, but there are steps.

YELLOW TRAIL – View the Main Falls, Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen, and Upper Canyon. 45 minutes 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.


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South Mountain Reservation has 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 a 2.25-mile-long hiking trail. You can find other trails, including Hemlocks Falls and Maple Falls.

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Lake Solitude, High Bridge, NJ

River Rd. (Rt. 639)
High Bridge, NJ 08829

Solitude Lake, High Bridge Waterfall, waterfalls, High Bridge, New Jersey
High Bridge Waterfall, Lake Solitude


Eagle Rock Reservation is a 400-acre park located at Eagle Rock Ave. and Prospect Ave. in West Orange, NJ 07052. Many trails are color-coded to follow. Eagle Rock Reservation is also the home of 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.


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