Rockaway, New Jersey

Top Spots in and near Rockaway

  • Boonton Township, New Jersey

    Hike Pyramid Mountain to Tripod Rock

    4.0
    This is a fun hike that is great for the entire family. The trails are really well maintained and Tripod Rock is a pretty amazing feature to check out. You can hike to the rock and follow your steps back to the parking lot for a 3 mile round trip or continue along the trail for a 4.4 mile loop. I...
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  • Rockaway, New Jersey

    Hike the Timberbrook Pond - Riley's Rise Loop

    5 mi / 500 ft gain
    The trailhead parking is at the end of Timberbrook Road, before the road enters Camp Winnebago (Boy Scouts). I hiked this in a clockwise directions starting on the Timberbrook Trail (yellow markers).  After about 1 mile the trail ends at a junction with the Four Birds Trail (white markers).  Turn...
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  • Jefferson, New Jersey

    Thru Hike the Four Birds Trail

    19 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The Four Birds Trail is about 19 miles long and is a great thru hike or can be done in sections as out and back hikes or part of loop hikes with other trails.  Starting from the north, the trail ascends gradually over easy terrain until you reach a cliff ridge.  There are several good view points...
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  • 89 Van Orden Road, New Jersey

    Hike the Hank's Pond Loop

    7 mi / 500 ft gain
    Hank's Pond loop can be accessed from the south at the corner of Clinton road and Van Orden road or from the north, parking at the lot on Stephens road.  I hiked from the south on this trip.  Follow the wide trail known as Hank's East trail marked with white blazes.  Soon you will reach a trail c...
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  • Gillette, New Jersey

    Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Loop

    5.0
    0.94 mi / 43 ft gain
    Nestled within the more urban and suburban communities in Northern New Jersey, you can escape back to nature at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The name says it all - this place is the perfect opportunity to get up close to a variety of different wildlife that call this protected land home....
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  • 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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  • Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    Hike at Mills Reservation

    4.7
    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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  • Paterson, New Jersey

    Explore the Great Falls of the Passaic River

    3.2
    Getting to the Great Falls of the Passaic River is a relatively straight shot. It is located off exit 57B on Route 80 which is also accessible from highway 287. Parking is located on McBride Avenue across the street from the park's welcome center.Typically during autumn park rangers offer 45 to 1...
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  • West Milford, New Jersey

    Hike the Terrace Pond North - South Loop

    10.7 mi / 1200 ft gain
    From Warwick Road, parking at the northernmost road side parking area, cross the road, and the Terrace Pond North trail (marked with blue blazes) begins as a steady climb until you gain a ridge that offers some great views for several miles. Eventually, you'll reach a power line where you turn ri...
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  • 608 Ramapo Valley Road, New Jersey

    Hike the Halifax Trail and Ruins in the Ramapo Valley Reservation

    8.25 mi / 500 ft gain
    To start, I recommend coming in the early morning or afternoon, as the parking lot fills up with people hiking, fishing or going for a walk with their family. I usually get my luckiest before 9. This park is as relaxing or exciting as you want to make it. Here is a good map to use/ print out. We ...
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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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  • 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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  • West Milford, New Jersey

    Hike Bearfort Mountain

    5.0
    5.06 mi / 1007 ft gain
    Bearfort Mountain is a great weekend morning hike that borders NJ and NY. Parking can be tricky as the entrance to the lot looks like it is Greenwood Lake Marina's boat storage area. Once parked, find the trail entrance at the top of the little hill and continue to the blue on white marked trail....
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  • Califon, New Jersey

    Explore the Ken Lockwood Gorge

    4.3
    One of New Jerseys best kept secrets has to be the Ken Lockwood Gorge. If you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful, and nature packs place then this area is perfect for you. You can access the gorge from two different points, either by driving down Raritan River Rd. and parking right before you ...
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  • Vernon Township, New Jersey

    Stairway to Heaven

    4.8
    6.8 mi / 1089 ft gain
    This popular hike starts out on the Appalachian Trail (AT, white blazes). You begin on a boardwalk that crosses over a marsh, then you leave the boardwalk and enter a forested area. At around 1.4 miles, follow a bicycle path, Canal Road, then turn right, cross over a bridge, and take a left throu...
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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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Camping and Lodging in Rockaway

Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA Holiday
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA Holiday

Camp Gateway   Staten Island
Staten Island, New York

Camp Gateway Staten Island

Alosa Campsites
Middle Smithfield Township, Pennsylvania

Alosa Campsites

Camp Gateway  Brooklyn Ny
Brooklyn, New York

Camp Gateway Brooklyn Ny

Bear Mountain Inn
Tomkins Cove, New York

Bear Mountain Inn

From $109 / night

Camp Gateway   Sandy Hook
Highlands, New Jersey

Camp Gateway Sandy Hook

Guides, Insights and Stories from Rockaway

5 Reasons to Plan a Summer Getaway to Bear Mountain, New York

5 Reasons to Plan a Summer Getaway to Bear Mountain, New York

Sara Sheehy

Escape the Bustle of New York City with a Weekend at Bear Mountain

Escape the Bustle of New York City with a Weekend at Bear Mountain

The Outbound Collective

A Family Trip to Surf the Rockaways in January

A Family Trip to Surf the Rockaways in January

Affuera Vida