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New Jersey Fall Colors

Despite being the most densely populated state, New Jersey has plenty of secluded spots for leaf peeping

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The Northeast is famous for its beautiful fall foliage, and New Jersey is no exception. From Jersey Shore to the Highlands in the north, there's a lot to see in the state during the change of seasons. Red oak is New Jersey’s official state tree for a reason. Due to its abundance, the state dresses up in red and scarlet tones in the fall that make its numerous forests and parks look simply stunning. The seasonal trees transformation in New Jersey starts from late September to early October, depending on the weather. The peak fall foliage season is usually in mid- to late October. The trees can keep their vibrant colors well into November, weather permitting.

Best places to see fall foliage

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, covering 70,000 acres (28,327 ha), is one of the most scenic fall foliage spots in New Jersey. You can rent a kayak and explore the Delaware River, enjoying vibrant colors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To the north from Delaware Water Gap, Sussex County is also famous for its fall foliage. Especially, Montague area and High Point State Park featuring panoramic views on higher elevations and lots of hiking trails. To the south, stop by the picturesque village of Hope and beautiful Jenny Jump State Forest, which suits autumnal picnics perfectly and is surrounded by fall foliage. If you are interested in history, drive to Washington Crossing State Park, where George Washington crossed the Delaware River back in 1776. The area looks beautiful in the fall, and scenic train rides are available nearby. The Bull's Island offers more hiking and biking trails famous for its views of the scenic Delaware River.

The Lumberville-Raven Rock pedestrian bridge stretches across the Delaware River connecting New Jersey with Pennsylvania 2020
The Lumberville-Raven Rock pedestrian bridge stretches across the Delaware River connecting New Jersey with Pennsylvania