New Jersey’s geography is so diverse, which means there are endless options for outdoor activities. The Atlantic Coastal Plain has low hills, pine forests and salt marshes—and of course the beaches and barrier islands. The Highlands has large lakes, rivers and valleys. We have rolling hills and narrow valleys in the Piedmont, where the Hudson, Passaic, Ramapo and Raritan rivers cross.

In NJ, there are major cities and farmland, all within a short drive from one another. Toward the west you’ll find the Highlands with many lakes and rock ridges.

In the northwest we have the Appalachian Ridge and Valley, our mountainous region. That includes the Kittatinny Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap.

Our state features everything from farms to dairies to sandy beaches, salt marshes and lagoons. From surfing on the Jersey Shore to lake swimming, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking, there’s something for anyone with a love of the great outdoors in the Garden State.