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Explore the Best New Jersey Parks & Recreation Sites 

Make New Jersey parks and recreation sites a fun part of your vacation. Mercer County Park in southern New Jersey is a dog-friendly recreation area. Go boating or fishing at Mercer Lake, enjoy mountain biking in summer and ice-skating in winter. Mountain Creek Mountain House in Vernon offers 167 skiable acres. Try night skiing, ride the alpine roller coaster, and experience thrilling ziplines. Bass River State Forest in Tuckerton is a fun spot for boating and fishing.

Explore the Absegami Natural Area or hike the 50-mile Batonia Trail. The Delaware Gap National Recreation Area, north of Morristown, offers miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. View scenic overlooks at Silver Thread Falls and Millbrook Village. Go mountain biking or enjoy kayaking on the Delaware River. New Jersey Pineland National Reserve includes the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Wharton State Forest and Bass River State Forest.

Easily accessible from Southampton Township, it’s a popular destination for swimming, biking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park boasts one of the largest waterfalls in the United States. Located near Ramsey, the park offers postcard perfect views and outdoor recreation including boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

Bass River State Forest

Encompassing 27,635 acres of land, Bass River State Forest in Tuckerton was established in 1905 by the New Jersey Legislature. During the 1930s and 1940s, the men employed through the Civilian Conservation Corps built trails, bridges, roads, lookout towers, ponds, cabins, shelters, and lakes, including the 67-acre Lake Absegami.

For a day of fun on the water, bring along your canoe (or rent one) for paddling on the lake or drop in a line to try your best at fishing for sunfish, catfish, and pickerel. Enjoy trekking along the 50-mile Batona Trail through the forest and keep a lookout for the birds and animals along the way. Enjoy walking through the Absegami Natural Area, featuring a wetland forest with Atlantic white cedars and red maple trees.

Mercer County Park

Encompassing over 2,500 acres near Bordentown, the Mercer County Park is a mecca for the athletically inclined in New Jersey's Delaware River region. The park's athletic facilities include outdoor fields used for soccer, football, and lacrosse, the Finn Caperson Rowing Center, indoor courts, and so much more.

Mercer Lake in the center of the park feature fishing facilities, a boathouse and marina, and a crew course. Those wanting to get in touch with the outdoors can use the park's nature and hiking trails, picnic areas, and dog parks, or Grandparent's Cove adjacent to the lake.