fall foliage
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There are plenty of spots to see some breathtaking fall foliage this autumn and you’ll want to time your trip just right into order to get the best views. Leaves will change to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red, but the colors will be at their brightest from early- to mid-October.

If you’re planning on doing some hiking or cycling or camping on your trip, we can help you find the perfect location. Don’t forget to check out NJ’s state and national parks, too. NJ is called the Garden State for a reason, and its 30 state parks and 12 national parks are a big reason why.

Check out these NJ hotspots to make the most of the crisp weather:

Bergen County

Ringwood State Park

Hunterdon County

Round Valley Reservoir

Mercer County

Washington Crossing State Park

Morris County

Lake Hopatcong

Pyramid Mountain National Historic Area

Wharton State Forest

Passaic County

Rifle Camp Park

Sussex County

High Point State Park

Warren County

Delaware Water Gap

Jenny Jump State Forest

Several Counties

The Pinelands

National Park Sites to Try:

Appalachian National Scenic Trail: A hiker’s dream, 72 miles of the more than 2,000-mile trail runs through the northwestern part of NJ.

Crossroads of the American Revolution: Run by local non-profits, this heritage trail connects battlefield sites from Fort Lee to Red Bank.

Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River:  Expanded in 2000, this is the largest free-flowing river in the Eastern US.

New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve: This South Jersey treasure has more than a million acres of forest, wetlands and farms. The gigantic reserve is also home to a 129-mile-long river.

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail: You’ll spot signs for this trail that stretches from Massachusetts to Virginia in towns like Princeton and Allendale.

Where’s your favorite place to spot fall foliage? Let us know in the comments.