Despite being the most densely populated state in the United States, New Jersey has a surprising number of beautiful hiking trails. The best hikes in New Jersey contain a lot of variety, but I don’t think any of them quite capture the magic of our own little slice of the most famous trail in America – the Appalachian Trail. This massive hike that covers much of the eastern part of the United States can be found in New Jersey, and you can explore it on the Vernon Boardwalk. Located in Maple Grange County Park in Vernon Township, this 2.6-mile out-and-back trail is easy to access and navigate, making it an ideal first hike for beginners that won’t tax the body too much. The views are stunning and even better, you’re part of history as you hike the best hike near Vernon, NJ.
Have you walked the Vernon Boardwalk on the Appalachian Trail? Let us know what you think of the best hike near Vernon, NJ in the comments section! You can see more pictures of the Vernon Boardwalk on the AllTrails trail listing, and you can find out more about the amenities at Maple Grange County Park on the Vernon Township website. While you’re in Vernon, check out why it’s New Jersey’s best ski town. If you’re planning to explore more of the best hikes in New Jersey, consider a subscription to AllTrails + for benefits like downloadable trail maps – making it easy to always stay connected.