Fall is the perfect time of year to hit the road on a fun weekend trip. The weather has cooled and nature is going through some colorful changes. New Jersey and the neighboring states up north in particular are known for colorful foliage. Make the most out of this time of year by taking one of these fall road trips in New Jersey.
Ringwood State Park
Ringwood State Park is just a one-and-a-half hour drive north from Freehold, New Jersey, known
for being home to Norvin Green Forest and Shepherd Lake. This state park will give you breathtaking views of autumn foliage all along its many hiking trails. If the fancy strikes you, rent a canoe and enjoy the bright colors of the changing leaves as a reflection in the lake.
Farny State Park
Just southwest of Ringwood you’ll find Farny State Park. This park is a great location for bird watching, a more active way to spend your time gazing at fall’s changing colors. Hop over to Newfoundland from here to make another beautiful pit stop.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
Driving one hour southwest of Freehold will bring you to Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Pack a picnic or plan to bike at one of several trails that will take you through canopies of dazzling autumn leaves. Make a weekend of your visit and set up camp for a night or two. There’s no better way to get in touch with nature than to sleep under the stars and the trees!