Best Day Trips in NJ for Fall Foliage, Hiking, and Biking

Ah… fall. For those of us who love summer, it’s hard to say goodbye to those long, hot, beautiful days. However, if you have to go this season, fall is not a bad place to land.

One of the best parts of living on the East Coast in the fall is enjoying the beautiful scenery. The leaves turn bright red, orange and yellow, and the colorful landscape lasts until late November.

New Jersey is diverse with suburbs, cities, and various parks throughout the state, but some of the best hiking and biking spots to enjoy the fall foliage are found here, near Atlantic and New Jersey counties. Cape May.

Check out these links to a full list of Atlantic County Parks and Cape May County Parks. If you want to extend your adventures to enjoy the fall foliage even more, visit the NJ state official website to find out more about the best day trips on foot or by bike. Here are some of our local favorites.

  • Visit Estell Manor State Park, about three miles south of Mays Landing on Highway 50, for rich history, elevated nature trails, and fishing surrounded by a canopy of trees. Belleplain State Forest is also nearby and offers an easy hiking loop through pine barrens perfect for late season foliage.
  • Visit Cape May Point State Park to discover a natural route for migratory birds during your hike. This park also offers access to various habitats, a bike trail to historic Cape May, the World War II gun battery and fire control tower, and the famous Cape May Lighthouse.
  • Wharton State Forest is the largest parcel of land in the New Jersey State Park System. It is also the site of Batsto Village (available for self-guided exploration), a former industrial center of ironmaking and bog glassware from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here in the late 19th century.

Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing and hiking trails, including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding, and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife viewing.

If you want to extend your adventures to enjoy the fall foliage even more, visit the NJ state official website to learn the best day trips on foot and by bike.

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