Five Great Parks in New Jersey

Wonderful parks abound in the state of New Jersey. Choosing from the long list of parks can be overwhelming and confusing. Here you can find a list of five great parks to check out when you want to venture out in different regions of New Jersey.

Historic Whitesbog Village – Historic cranberry bog

A historic cranberry and blueberry farm, Whitesbog Village is composed of three thousand acres of bogs, creeks, and forests and sits in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. You can explore the grounds any day of the year, between dawn and dusk, either on your own or by participating in a scheduled tour. Some highlights of the park are cranberry bogs, blueberry fields, reservoirs, sugar sand roads, and Pine Barrens forests. Additionally, visitors can browse items in the General Store, which carries many unique items, including cranberry and blueberry food items as well as locally crafted artisan products.

Stephens State Park – Excellent freshwater fishing

As one of New Jersey’s great parks, this site includes the Musconetcong River, which offers some of the best trout fishing in the state of New Jersey. Fly fishing for brown, rainbow, and brown trout is one of the most popular activities at Stephens State Park. The Waterloo Village, formerly a Lenape Indian Village, transformed into a Morris Canal port, is open for walking tours. Rock climbing is also available in this park, near Waterloo Village.

Liberty State Park – Lots of family activities

Sitting in the middle of Metropolitan norther New Jersey, Liberty State Park is a green haven with views of the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. This is the only location in New Jersey with Ferry service to Ellis Island. The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial here can be viewed by visitors and invites you to look toward the empty sky in memory of the people who died at the World Trade Center. You can also fish, crab, walk, jog, bike, or try out the par course along Freedom Way.

 Island Beach State Park – Beaches!

A narrow barrier island that is ten miles in length, Island Beach State Park offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy sand dunes and white sandy beaches. Island Beach is a remnant of a barrier island ecosystem of the past and encompasses 3,000 acres of coastal dunes and undeveloped barrier beaches. The park is home to the state’s largest osprey colony, as well as wading birds, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife. Island Beach has over 400 plants identified, including the largest expanses of beach heather in New Jersey.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – Nature only 30 miles from New York City

Known as the largest wildlife refuge in New Jersey, this park sits on 7,800 acres of habitats, providing living and feeding areas to fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs, and more than 244 species of birds. Visitors can hunt during the annual deer hunt that is held each November, with one day specifically designated as a youth hunt day. Additionally, there is a self-guided interpretive trail that was created for children.

This entry was posted in Local Nature. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.