The Best New Jersey Spots for Festive Fall Foliage

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Fall is, hands down, our favorite season here at HG. While there are tons of things to fall in love with locally {think extravagant fall decorations on homes + more}, both just outside our city limits and scattered throughout the state are some pretty spectacular spots to experience vibrant and festive fall foliage. So throw on your flannels and boots, grab your cameras aka your iPhone, and head to these top spots in New Jersey for fall foliage viewing. Here are the best spots for viewing fall foliage in New Jersey:

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High Point State Park {Sandyston, Montague, Frankford}

The view from High Point State Park is impressive, to say the least — the High Point Monument is 1,803 feet above sea level, making it the perfect hiking spot. On a hike here, you’ll be blown away by the panoramic views of farmland and forest and in the fall, stunning autumn colors.

Stokes State Forrest {Sussex County}

Hikers, campers, fishermen, and even photographers frequent Stokes State Forrest for its insane views. Whether you climb the top of Sunrise Mountain or stay at the Tillman Ravine {with a rushing stream}, you’re bound to get some insta-worthy pics {and soak in all that nature has to offer, of course}.

Battlefield State Park {Manalapan}

This historic battlefield {home of the American Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth} doubles as a 1,818-acre state park with fresh springs, walking trails, picture-perfect picnic spots and of course, tons and tons of trees in all their autumn glory. Scenic beauty + huge historical significance = a great place to spend a fall Saturday.

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Ringwood State Park {Ringwood}

Northwest of Hoboken, this State Park is the pride of Passaic County with gorgeous growing forests nestled amongst the Ramapo Mountains. Boasting over 5,000 acres of stunning fall beauty, this park is also home to an NJ favorite wedding venue Skylands Manor, as well as the Shepherd Lake Recreation Area where you can canoe, swim, fish, ride horseback, and more. Should the stunning State Botanical Gardens leave you wanting even more, the natural beauty of the thousands of surrounding trees in all their glory will leave you in awe.

Palisades Interstate Park {Bergen County}

In nearby Bergen County resides the NJ portion of Palisades Interstate Park. Best known for the steep cliffs that stretch from New Jersey to New York adjacent to the Hudson {some are as tall as 540 feet high and are surrounded on all sides by bustling trees}, this area provides a stunning fall aesthetic in the October and November months. If you’re into hiking, the park offers what’s considered by enthusiasts to be a “moderate” hike, with different loop and difficulty options that take about two hours or more. Not enthused? The Palisades Interstate Parkway near the GWB has pull-off look out areas where you can sit back, relax, and take in the sights. {HG tip: pack some of your favorite goodies and have a picnic!}

Cheesequake State Park {Old Bridge}

Head on down the parkway and Route 9 to Old Bridge Township to check out Cheesequake State Park. Its unique location between two ecosystems enables the park to boast marshes, fields, a swamp, a hardwood forest, and Pine Barrens — a unique combo of beautiful features. With five walking/hiking trails AND campgrounds for fall camping, this park is the perfect place for a fun-filled fall day of picnicking, camping, boating, canoeing and more.

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Views by Train {Hunterdon County}

The Black River and Western Railroad offers 70-minute train tours through Hunterdon County and has been doing so for over 50 years. A perfect autumn activity, you can ride through the towns of Lambertville, Ringoes, Flemington and Three Bridges on adorable and historical steam trains. The Pumpkin Trains will take you to activity-filled Pumpkin Junction where you can enjoy hayrides, a small petting zoo, corn mazes, games and more, and a special Trick or Treat Train operates near Halloween only where kids {in costume!} can enjoy spooky stories and trick or treat for candy for the Hoboken mamas. {HG Tip: there are special Christmas themed rides available during the holiday season, too!}

Those are just a few places to enjoy the beautiful scenery this season. Have another great spot to add? Leave a comment, below!


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Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.