The Best Waterfalls for Families to Visit in NY and NJ
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Waterfalls in New Jersey
4 Northwood Dr., West Milford, NJ
This majestic 576-acre preserve located in northern New Jersey offers a diversity of habitats and beautiful vistas. This natural area has amazing waterfalls and is a great spot for hiking, bicycling and enjoying other recreational activities in nature.
Paterson Great Falls
72 McBride Ave. Extension, Paterson, NJ
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park offers breathtaking views of scenic waterfalls.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is located along the middle section of the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Waterfalls are plentiful here. These natural wonders provide a great place for reflection and to marvel at the power of nature. When visiting the park, you might see lots of local wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, many species of birds...even bears!
Many people don’t realize that Boonton is home to an amazing waterfall. (Years ago, the falls generated power and attracted industry that is now gone). The picturesque spot sits off Main Street in downtown Boonton. You’ll find a small park, a river, and picnic benches as well as hiking trails along both sides of the river. You’ll encounter a large rock formation that’s fun to climb and offers a great view of the tumbling water.
Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Road, Long Valley
In the 19th century, this park was a mined iron ore site. Today, it’s a favorite spot for hikers, picnickers, and anglers—and you can see several waterfalls from the high trails. The park boasts rare and endangered plants, wildlife such as deer and fox, and more than 100 bird species.
Tilman Road, Branchville
Tillman Ravine is a unique natural area that sits in Stokes State Forest. Take in the beauty of the forest, whether you’re at the top of a mountain ridge (the crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of its most frequently visited sites) or exploring Tillman Ravine’s rushing stream and steep cliffs. Several trails are near the ravine, giving you views of various waterfalls.
South Mountain Reservation, 510 Route 510, South Orange
South Mountain Reservation is 2,100 acres of public land that contains 50 miles of hiking trails. You’ll find hills, rivers, and woodlands, as well as the dramatic and scenic 25-foot Hemlock Falls. Travel the stone steps to climb to the top of the waterfall and then sit on the benches as you enjoy the beauty. On a clear day, you can even see New York City from the park.