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  • The Best New Jersey Spots for Festive Fall Foliage {Get Your Camera Ready!}

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Nope, it’s not the holiday season {yet} but fall is, hands down, our favorite season here at HG. While there’s tons to “fall” in love with locally, {see what we did there?} both just outside our city limits and scattered throughout the state are some pretty spectacular spots to experience vibrant and festive fall foliage. So throw on your flannels and boots, grab your cameras aka your iPhone, and head to these top spots in New Jersey for fall foliage viewing.


    Battleground State Park {Manalapan, NJ}

    This historic battlefield {home of the American Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth} doubles as a 1,818-acre state park with fresh springs, walking trails, picture-perfect picnic spots and of course, tons and tons of trees in all their autumn glory. Scenic beauty + huge historical significance = a great place to spend a fall Saturday!

    Ringwood State Park {Ringwood, NJ}

    Northwest of Hoboken, this State Park is the pride of Passaic County with gorgeous growing forests nestled amongst the Ramapo Mountains. Boasting over 5,000 acres of stunning fall beauty, this park is also home to a NJ favorite wedding venue Skylands Manor, as well as the Shepherd Lake Recreation Area where you can canoe, swim, fish, ride horseback, and more. Should the stunning State Botanical Gardens leave {leaf?! we’re so punny} you wanting even more, the natural beauty of the thousands of surrounding trees in all their glory will leave you in awe.

    Explore the Palisades {Bergen County, NJ}

    In nearby Bergen County resides the NJ portion of Palisades Interstate Park. Best known for the steep cliffs that stretch from New Jersey to New York adjacent to the Hudson {some are as tall as 540 feet high and are surrounded on all sides by bustling trees}, this area provides a stunning fall aesthetic in the October and November months. If you’re into hiking, the park offers what’s considered by enthusiasts to be a “moderate” hike, with different loop and difficulty options that take about 2 hours or more. Not enthused? The Palisades Interstate Parkway near the GWB has pull-off look out areas where you can sit back, relax, and take in the sights. {HG tip: pack some of your favorite goodies and have a picnic!}

     Cheesequake State Park {Old Bridge, NJ}

    Head on down the parkway and Rt. 9 to Old Bridge Township to check out Cheesequake State Park. Its unique location between two ecosystems enables the park to boast marshes, fields, a swamp, a hardwood forest, and Pine Barrens — a unique combo of beautiful features. With five walking/hiking trails AND campgrounds for fall camping, this park is the perfect place for a fun-filled fall day of picnicking, camping, boating, canoeing and more.

    Views by Train {Hunterdon County, NJ}

    The Black River and Western Railroad offers 70-minute train tours through Hunterdon County, and has been doing so for over 50 years. A perfect autumn activity, you can ride through the towns of Lambertville, Ringoes, Flemington and Three Bridges on adorable and historical steam trains. The Pumpkin Trains will take you to activity-filled Pumpkin Junction where you can enjoy hayrides, a small petting zoo, corn mazes, games and more, and a special Trick or Treat Train operates Oct. 29 only where kids {in costume!} can enjoy spooky stories and trick or treat for candy for the Hoboken mamas. {HG Tip: there are 3 special Christmas themed rides available during the holiday season, too!}

    Those are just a few places to enjoy the beautiful scenery this season. Have another great spot to add? Leave a comment, below!


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    Erin is a proud Hobokenite who moved to Hoboken three years ago from Central NJ with her now husband. When she’s not teaching English to middle schoolers in New York City, she can be found running GrandeGifts (, writing, shopping on Washington, at the barre’ or binging on Bravo. Still basking in that newlywed glow, Erin also adores everything having to do with weddings, Broadway, and Disney (shamelessly).

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