Here are some of the best places to see fall foliage in New Jersey

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The footbridge across George Lake in Schooly s Mountain Park in Morris County NJ. Photo 79299476 © Andrew Kazmierski |

Fall is here. Soon the lush green leaves across the Garden State will turn into a beautiful bouquet of colors. Reds, yellows and oranges will dominate the landscape, creating picturesque views across the state. There are quite a few places where you can get a great view of the fall foliage in New Jersey as that time nears…and it’s coming soon.

Some trees have begun to turn in New Jersey, but the main event starts in early to mid-October.

Delaware Water Gap

Delaware Water Gap Delaware Water Gap panorama in Autumn | © Songquan Deng |

One of the most exhilarating locations is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is pictured in the photo above. You can see foliage for miles around, with the Delaware River rushing through.

Delaware River

Dingmans Ferry Bridge across the Delaware River in the Poconos Mountains, connecting the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, US Photo 125868698 © Vadim_777 |

You can literally drive up to any spot along the length of the Delaware River and watch the rush by as you’re surrounded by a sea of autumn brightness, looking out across a picturesque river with a bright-colored backdrop on the other side of the river.

High Point State Park

View from the Appalachian Trail, a National Scenic Trail starting in Maine and ending in Georgia, USA. Scene is in NJ looking west with Sawmill Pond Camping area. Photo 80143021 © K Quinn Ferris |

There are many beautiful vistas around High Point State Park where you can take in breathtaking fall scenery for miles around.


Paterson, NJ / United States – Nov. 9, 2019: Vertical image of The Great Falls of the Passaic River |
Photo 163487378 © Brian Logan |

The fall foliage that surrounds the Paterson Falls in Paterson, New Jersey is breathtaking, but you have to get there at the right time. After visiting the falls, take a trek up the nearby Garret Mountain preservation to see exhilarating views of North Jersey from atop one of the highest points in the area.

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Crystal Springs, Vernon

Crystal Springs Resort © Crystal Springs

If you want to make a vacation out of fall foliage, there’s no better place than the Crystal Springs resort in Vernon with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

You don’t have to travel far to get a decent view of fall foliage in New Jersey. Drive alongside any lake, river, public park and into any state forest and you’re sure to find that perfect spot. So, get out and get adventuring and share your favorite fall spots in the comments below.