Description - Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Follow the Appalachian Trail through the forest until it breaks out into stunning vistas of valleys and ridges, forests and farms. Walk the 50-mile Batona Trail through the fresh wild aromatic pine forests of the Pine Barrens. Swim in icy blue lakes formed when glaciers scraped the landscape.
Take a few days and discover a lifetime. Step back in time and visit Allaire Village, Batsto Village, the manor houses at Ringwood State Park or any of the historic sites in New Jersey. Climb to the top of a lighthouse and watch the ocean wash the shore. Follow the American Revolutionary Trail as it crisscrosses New Jersey and learn how this state played a pivotal role in the fight for democracy. The opportunities are endless. For more information about the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry or to receive a Calendar of Events, please call (800) 843-6420 or (609) 984-0370. Text telephone users: please call the NJ Relay Services at (800) 852-7899
- Cool off at the beach
Designated swimming areas in lakes are officially open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend throughout the state. Ocean bathing at Island Beach State Park opens mid-June.
Take to the trails
Over 600 miles of trails beckon the outdoor enthusiast. Some trails are designated for foot traffic only, while others accommodate bikers, horseback riders and hikers. ATVs and motorized bikes are not allowed.
Fishing and hunting
Anglers and hunters will find some of New Jersey's best fishing and hunting in many of the state parks and forests. Hunting and fishing are subject to the laws of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. For information about fishing and hunting, please refer to the NJ Fish and Wildlife website, www.nj.gov/dep/fgw or call the main information number in Trenton at (609) 292-2965.
Recreation - There are a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, swiming, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Climate - The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.
Parks located throughout New Jersey.