Not the New Jersey I Knew

I have been remiss in keeping my blogging updated. We have been in Pennsylvania for four days now, and I haven’t written anything about New Jersey. 

Part of that is because it was such a surprise. We all think we know New Jersey: suburb of New York; suburb of Philadelphia; the New Jersey Turnpike; Newark Airport; Oil Refineries; the Jersey Shore. 

The you walk the AT and you see things you never expect: farms; wetlands; wildlife sanctuaries; woods and fields. It is absolutely gorgeous. We were only in New Jersey for five days.


Looking out over New Jersey farmland

The first two were along the border with New York. Rather flat, but some scrambled parts. A beautiful wildlife sanctuary full of cranes, and an extended boardwalk across wetlands.


Boardwalk over wetlands outside of Vernon NJ

The last three days we spent along the ridge next to the Delaware River Valley. You walk along the ridge with farms and fields in one side and the Delaware River on the other. In the morning you are up there with the sun, and the valleys are filled with clouds. 


Highpoint Tower

Unlike New York, you don’t hear a lot of traffic either. The audio is as serene as the video. I would recommend this as a section hike to anybody. 

Clouds filling the Delaware River Valley

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Comments 1

  • Tara : Sep 5th

    I am from NJ and you are right when people think of NJ they think either NY or PA.. but as you said there are beautiful parts and thank you for writing about it for people who do not know about it… and have a wonderful time on the remainder of your journey…


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