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Old 09-24-2013, 12:55 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,
With fall fast approaching, I would like to make a trip to watch fall colors this year. I currently reside in Jersey City,NJ and looking for short weekend trip to watch fall colors. Preferably something with less than 3 hours of drive. Are there any good parks/scenic drives for watching fall colors in new jersey or around tristate area? How was your experience?

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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Grounds for Sculpture (near the Hamilton train station.)

Grounds for Sculpture

Our library offers free passes. Check if your local library does the same.

It's a fun place to walk around for a few hours, lots of interesting things to see at every turn.

The grounds are beautiful. Restaurants on-site are expensive. Be sure to hide a bottle of water & a little snack in your purse. LOL
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Also, if you want something free than take NJ Transit to Princeton & walk around the campus. Lots of ground to cover, & beautifully maintained lawns, trees, etc.

They give a free "Orange Key" tour of the campus, and the Princeton University Art Museum is free & world class. Check out the antiquities on the lower level (paintings upstairs.)
Orange Key - Princeton University
Princeton University Art Museum |

Lots of sculpture all around the campus & plenty of benches all around to sit & rest.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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If it's fall colors you want to see uninterrupted, then head up to Sussex County. Either following NJ 94 north through the Vernon Valley or US 206 North towards the Kittatinnies, they ridges and valleys will be a palette of colors. One of the most low-keyed, rural areas of New Jersey is around Walpack. You will be surprised that about an hour and a half from Jersey City you would find nature basically unharmed. If you are going up on a weekend, then you can sup at the Walpack Inn, and catch the sun setting on the western slope of the Kittatinny ridge.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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For a day trip that's not too far, take Route 208 to Route 202North thru Oakland and Mahwah. Then stretch your legs and have a little hike at Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah.....it's picturesque and serene, especially with the fall foliage....a NJ treasure. Enjoy!
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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Morris County, Lewis Morris Park. There is a nice network of paved and unpaved trails for you to hike (the paved trail is super easy). Also, the country roads in that area are very pretty for a nice drive. It looks more like New England than New Jersey.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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For a day trip that's not too far, take Route 208 to Route 202North thru Oakland and Mahwah. Then stretch your legs and have a little hike at Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah.....it's picturesque and serene, especially with the fall foliage....a NJ treasure. Enjoy!
In that area I'd also suggest driving down Franklin Tpk from Mahwah, stop off at the Allendale Celery Farm, then drive on East & West Saddle River Roads. In the good ol days we would stop over at Tice's or Van Riper's Farm for some cider & donuts. Sadly there's a mall there now.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:24 PM
 
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Thanks you all for your prompt replies. What do you think is the best time to see fall foliage in north new jersey?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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This year, I advise you to plan your trip in mid October. In Central Jersey, you can visit the D & R canal state park, Plainsboro Preserve (my profile picture), Round Valley Reservoir, Mercer County Park, Thompson park in Lincroft, or Allaire State Park. All of these locations require quite a bit of walking, so make sure you have a good pair of sneakers and a warm sweatshirt if you are cold sensitive like me.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:31 AM
 
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Even though it is not located in NJ, The Storm King Art Center, in Mountainville, NY, is reasonably close to NJ, and it provides incredible open-air vistas of both the foliage and the huge sculptures placed around the grounds.

Storm King Art Center
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