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The Best Getaways For Jersey City Hikers

The Best Getaways for Jersey City Hikers

During the long days of summer, there’s nothing better than a long walk in the woods. It’s a chance to unplug, get some fresh air and spend quality time with friends and family on the trail. Are you ready to lace up your hiking boots? Here some of the best getaways for hiking near Jersey City.

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain State Park, situated just over an hour north of Jersey City, features over forty miles of scenic trails. The area also features some of the largest tidal wetlands in the Hudson River, making for some excellent birdwatching. For overnight stays, don’t miss the Bear Mountain Inn. In addition to beautiful accommodations and great food, they have a spa where you can rejuvenate after a long hike. Check out their special summer deals and plan the perfect getaway for you and yours.

Delaware Water Gap

In the mood to hike part of the Appalachian Trail? 28 miles of it winds through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Just 90 minutes west of Jersey City, these hikes offer spectacular overlooks of the area where the Delaware River cuts through the Kittatinny Ridge. Be sure to secure a campsite ahead of time for overnight stays. Leashed dogs are allowed in most areas, but check their list before bringing Fido along.

The Poconos

Head two hours west to see another gorgeous stretch of the Appalachian Trail, which marks the southern border of The Poconos. You’ll lose yourself in the beauty of these trails, which feature old growth forests, waterfalls and all sorts of interesting wildlife. Planning an overnight stay? Whether you prefer a rustic campsite or a the luxuries of a resort, they have the perfect accommodations for you.

The Catskills

Just 2.5 hours north of Jersey City, The Catskills offer great hiking for all skill levels. There are thousands of miles of trails, offering spectacular views of waterfalls and other geological formations. Spend a night under the stars on a campground (camping or glamping is available) or in the backcountry for something more primitive.

Adventure Awaits

So, what are you waiting for? Grab some friends or family and make plans for your perfect hiking getaway. Don’t forget the sunscreen and other essentials. Also, do yourself a favor and delete your e-mail app before you go so you won't be tempted to check in on work. Make it the best getaway ever. You deserve it.