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New Jersey State Parks Celebrates National Trails Day Saturday, June 4, 2022

National Trails Day, founded by the American Hiking Society, is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. The New Jersey State Park Service invites you to explore, discover and volunteer at the trails at YOUR state parks. We are hosting many volunteer work projects and guided hikes through out the state.

In addition to these opportunities, you can find a hike to do on your own by visiting NJ Trail Tracker or take advantage of some our self-guided hikes.


Volunteer Trail Work Projects

These events offer opportunities to lend a hand in creating and maintaining the over 1,000 miles of trails within New Jersey State Park Service public lands. All projects require pre-registration.

Liberty State Park

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meeting Place: Nature Center (275 Freedom Way Jersey City, NJ 07305)
Registration: Please call (201)-915-3400 x503 or Email here!

Trailblazers Volunteer Day : Join Liberty State Park Trailblazers to help improve our trails by removing invasive weeds and vines from the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area and performing general maintenance. Please wear long sleeves and pants, along with sturdy shoes. Remember your sunscreen, insect repellant and water!

Ringwood State Park

Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Meeting Place: Martin J Ryerson Middle School (30 Valley Rd. Ringwood, NJ 07456)
Registration: Click here to register!

Trail Construction of the Ringwood Ramapo Reroute : Celebrate #NationalTrailsDay and help build the Ringwood Ramapo Trail!


Guided Hikes

Join our talented groups of volunteers and NJ State Park staff on guided hikes or if you feel like exploring on your own, visit our webpage for self-guided hikes.

Bass River State Forest

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Meeting Place: Bass River State Forest (762 Stage Road Bass River Township NJ 08224)
Registration: Call Bass River State Forest (609)-296-1114

National Trails Day Hike : Join us to celebrate the 30th annual National Trails Day. A guided nature hike that can be adapted to all abilities will begin at 10AM. The hike will be about 2 miles long and last about an hour. Stay for park personnel appreciation crafts, learn how to become a better environmental steward, story hour and more after the hike!

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meeting Place: Brendan T. Byrne State Forest office (mile marker 1, 72 East New Lisbon NJ, 08064)
Registration: Click here to register!

National Trails Day Hike : Come celebrate with us for a 2-mile hike exploring the uplands of the Pine Barrens! For additional information or questions please call (609)-726-1191 or Email here!

Cheesequake State Park

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Meeting Place: 300 Gordon Road Matawan, NJ 07747 (Crabbing bridge, next to lake parking lot)
Registration: Please call Cheesequake State Park Nature Center (732)- 566-3208

National Trails Day Kayak Tour : Explore a new side of Cheesequake State Park on a guided kayak tour on Cheesequake Creek. Paddle alongside our park naturalist and enjoy talks about marsh habitat, birds, animals, plants and historical elements. Equipment supplied, must be in good physical condition and able to swim. Ages 14 and up. Dates June 4, 12, 19, 25.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park (Mapleton Preserve)

Time: 3 PM
Meeting Place: 145 Mapleton Road Princeton, NJ 08540
Registration: No registration required!

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Scout Troop 10 for the "Grand Opening" of the new "Green" trail at Mapleton Preserve! We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony then hike down the new trail! After, some guests can join in on installing new blazes on our blue trail! There will also be trailblazing activities for National Trails Day Saturday June 4th at 3PM. Service hours are available! Refreshments will be served and rain date is Saturday June 5th at 3PM.

Double Trouble State Park

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meeting Place: 81 Pinewald Keswick Road Bayville, NJ 08721 (Please meet at Double Trouble restrooms.)
Registration: Click here to register!

Discover Double Trouble National Trails Day Hike : Join us for a 3.5 to 4-mile guided overview of the park's history, industry, plants, and wildlife. Expect flat terrain and possibly some mud. Don't forget water, sunscreen, insect repellant and a snack! For additional information call (732)-341-6662.

Forest Resource Education Center

Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: 495 Don Conner Blvd. Jackson, NJ 08527
Registration: Click here to register!

National Trails Day at FREC : Join the search for spring-summer blooms on native shrubs and trees! This will be an easy 1.5 mile woodland walk on several connecting trails that cover upland and wetland areas. Max 25 people. Dress accordingly. Please call (732)-928-2360 for more information!

High Point State Park

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meeting Place: Cedar Swamp Trailhead (1480 State Route 23 Wantage, NJ 07461)
Registration: No registration required

Trails Day Walk : Nature from A-Z in the Natural Area: Join us for an easy 2-mile walk through High Point's Cedar Bog in search of things in nature that start with every letter in the alphabet. A is for acorn, what will we fin for Z? All ages welcome!

Kittatinny Valley State Park

Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: Paulinskill Valley Trail (36 Lambert Road Blairstown, NJ 087825)
Registration: Please Email to pre-register!

National Trails Day Hike : The Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee will host a group hike stating at Blairstown Airport traveling 4 miles. Bring water and snack. Dogs are welcomed on leashes and children must be accompanied by a parent!

Parvin State Park

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: Parvin Nature Center (701 Almond Road Pittsgrove, NJ 08318)
Registration: No registration required

Spring Nature Hike : Come join Parvin's naturalists on a 3-mile guided nature hike as we jump into late spring with newly bloomed wildflowers and the sounds of spring birds in the trees. This trail is ADA accessible, making it a great opportunity for all ages and abilities!

Stokes State Forest

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meeting Place: 1 Coursen Road Branchville, NJ 07826
Registration: Email me or call (973)-903-3496!

Day Hike In Stokes State Forest: Come join volunteers from NJ Search and Rescue for a moderate to difficult 5-mile hike up the side of Kittatinny Ridge to the Culver Fire Tower and return via Appalachian Trail. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Don't forget water, food and sunscreen!

Stokes State Forest

Time: 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Meeting Place: Lake Ocquittunk parking area
Registration: Click here to register!

Day Hike In Stokes State Forest: Join us on a 9-mile rugged hike on rocky trails with stream crossings and scenic woodland vistas. Experience the peace and serenity of the forest- you won't believe it is New Jersey. Bring lunch and water, and wear sturdy hiking boots. This hike is intended for teens and adult.

Waterloo Village

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Meeting Place: Waterloo Village (525 Waterloo Road Stanhope, NJ 07847)
Registration: No registration required

National Trails Day Celebration : Celebrate National Trails Day at Waterloo Canal Day! Enjoy a day filled with music, activities, guided tours and hikes at the historic Waterloo Village!

Washington Crossing State Park

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Meeting Place: Nature Center (355 Washington Crossing- Pennington Road Titusville , NJ 08560
Registration: Please email info@washingtoncrossingparkassociation.com

National Trails Day Celebration : Carve your own walking stick!! Trail Steward Leader, Kevin, will lead a 1.5 hour interpretive hike with discussions on trail projects and invasives. Keep an eye out for large sticks or fallen branches, our expert woodworker, Stan, can teach you how to carve a beautiful custom walking stick after the hike! Bring a good pocket knife or bench knife!

Wharton State Forest

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
Meeting Place: Batsto Visitor Center Parking Lot (off Burlington County Road 542)
Registration: No registration required

National Trails Day Celebration : Grand opening of the 1808 Hiking Trail! A 1.6 mile green blaze trail that follows a road that ran between Crowleytown and Batsto Village 200 years ago with massive Atlantic White Cedars in many places!! For more information call (609)-561-0024.

Please note that this hike will take place on Sunday, June 5th.

Wharton State Forest

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
Meeting Place: Whispering Pines parking lot (located at the intersection of Burlington County Road 532 and Patty Bowker Road in Tabernacle Township).
Registration: No registration required

National Trails Day Celebration : Grand opening of Whispering Pines Hiking Trail! A 1.7 mile white blaze trail that meanders along the edge of an Atlantic White Cedar swamp and an upland pitch pine and oak forest. For more information call (609)-561-0024.

Please note that this hike will take place on Sunday, June 5th.