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The Best Fitness in New Jersey

Looking for the best fitness in New Jersey? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Jersey. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fitness spots in and near New Jersey

  • Washington Township, New Jersey

    Hike Hacklebarney State Park's Trout Brook Riverbanks

    5.0
    This is a relatively easy hike through Hacklebarney State Park that is great for families with younger children, rock scrambling, photography, and just hanging out in nature. There are two different ways to explore Hacklebarney, either by staying on the packed gravel path or by following the bank...
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  • Ringwood, New Jersey

    Explore Ringwood Manor State Park

    5.0
    1.3 mi
    On my way to the drive-in, I saw a sign for Ringwood Manor estate and wanted to adventure around. The parking is easy and the property was beautiful!As we walked through the estate, we found:a quaint tree foresta small cemetery with headstones hundreds of years olda river with a small waterfall ...
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  • Hopewell, New Jersey

    Hike through the Sourland Mountain Preserve

    5.0
    2.91 mi
    The Sourland Mountain Preserve stretches from Hunterdon County all the way into Somerset County. The trails referenced here are on the southwest side of the preserve in Hunterdon County. They are accessible from an on site parking lot at 233 Rileyville Road in Ringoes NJ.There are several trails ...
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  • Califon, New Jersey

    Bike the Columbia Trail: Califon to High Bridge

    There are multiple places to pick up the Columbia Trail (High Bridge, Califon, Long Valley, Flanders) but this post is for biking or running from Califon to High Bridge and back. The best place to park is at the old town railroad station on, of course, Railroad Ave. You will be able to see the en...
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  • Chester, New Jersey

    Hike Black River County Park

    From the parking lot head to the Black River Trail (blue blazes). Head toward Kay's Cottage, where after 1.5 miles, you can choose to take a quick detour out to the ruins (adds roughly 1 mile roundtrip to the hike). From here continue on the trail until the intersection of the Conifer Trail and P...
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  • Point Pleasant, New Jersey

    Kayak to Herring Island

    Starting at the small beach at the end of Bay Blvd, paddle heading south. You will need to pass through the boat canal so keep an eye out for speeding boats. You're able to see the island from the starting point so you really don’t have to worry about getting lost. You will reach the island after...
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  • Closter, New Jersey

    Hike Alpine White Trail (Stateline Lookout)

    5.0
    5 mi / -520 ft gain
    Starting at about 520 feet, the White path takes you along the Stateline Lookout which is a small stone building overlooking the Hudson River. The initial descent is your average hike through the woods and across a couple of wooden bridges until you reach the Giant Steps. The Giant Steps take you...
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  • Lambertville, New Jersey

    Mountain Bike Dry Run Creek Trail

    1 mi
    This short trail runs alongside a small creek, and is a perfect spot for mountain biking and running. There is a small parking lot right at the trailhead, making this spot very convenient to access. It is not a very challenging ride, although there are a few ruts that can be messy if it has recen...
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  • Woodbine, New Jersey

    Camp at Belleplain State Forest

    4.0
    A fun place for all things nature, from a easy nature walk to camping! Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Lake Nummy is available for swimmers. There are picnic tables and grills and a concession stand (open in summer) on the beach. Camping is open a...
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  • Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    Hike at Mills Reservation

    5.0
    2 mi / 200 ft gain
    Mills Reservation is over 150 acres of wooded area located off of Normal Ave. near the Cedar Grove reservoir. Parking space is limited due to the small size but there is another hidden lot towards the back if you make a right out of the parking lot and then the first right turn onto Highland Ave....
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  • Sandyston, New Jersey

    Hike the AT to Culvers Lookout Tower

    3.2 mi
    Start your journey in Stokes State Forest at the Culver Gap Parking Lot, located at 41.180239, -74.787954. From the parking lot, jump on over to the Appalachian Trail and hike Northbound. You know you're headed the right way if you are going away from the small town and cross over Sunrise Mountai...
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  • Frankford, New Jersey

    Picnic at the Sunrise Mountain Pavilion

    This pavilion is one of the key features along the New Jersey section of the Appalachian Trail. There is a parking lot a very short hike part way down the mountain, but I recommend backpacking in from a different area to take in more of the beauty of the trail, mountains, and views in this area. ...
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