Updated: Jun 9
Let's be real it's been a little tough not being able to go to parks, and trails to get fresh air and exercise. There are so many people in Jersey living in apartments or condos where they aren't able to get out in their backyard or porch. Having the parks back open is a godsend for those! All trails in this list are marked lightly trafficked by AllTrails.com. While exploring these trails please remember to maintain social distancing guidelines and be respectful of your environment and those around you! *Please double check to make sure that these trails are still open*
1. Rattle Snake Swap Trail
Located near Hardwick, the Rattle Snake Swamp Trail offers a chance to see wildlife and many vista points looking over the mountains of the Delaware Gap National Rec Area. This is a moderately rated 4-mile loop trail. It's a great hike to complete with a family that enjoys a good hike. There's around 700 feet in elevation gain, and parts can get a little rocky.
2. Turkey Mountain Via Yellow and Green Trail
This 4-mile moderately rated trail is near Boonton. This is another great hike to complete with the family. Also, having around 700 feet in elevation gain, there are great views from the top. This trail also features a lake alongside the views!
3. Palmyra Cove Nature Trail
This out and back trail is located just outside of Philly near Palmyra, NJ. Coming in at 2 miles total, this is an easy trail that features the Delaware river and a tidal cove overlook. This isn't a total hike, but it's a good "get out od the house" option! If you'd like to spend more time, there are plenty of other paths and trails to walk here.
4. Pine Tree Trail
This moderate trail is located near Lebanon, NJ. The loop trail is about 5 miles long and has breathtaking views of the reservoir and nature around it. This is also an excellent spot for birding. The path can get a little rocky but is another great family activity.
5. Union Lake Trail
Walk alongside the lake on this 4-mile trail near Millville, NJ. This trail is best used from April to October. Half the path is easy with some downed trees and a beach to walk along, while the other half of the trail becomes a little challenging with a change in terrain and narrow paths.
6. Freedom Field Blue Trail
This 2-mile trail is located near Tuckerton, NJ. Rated as moderate, this trail features wildflowers and several views and activities. With little to no elevation changes, making it an excellent hike for a leisurely stroll.