Convinced you need to trek out West to experience the wonders our National Park Service has to offer? Think again! There are more than 20 national park units within a 100-mile radius of the New York City metro area. These include national recreation areas, historical sites, and monuments. Below are the top New Jersey NPS attractions within a 90-minute drive from the city!
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Raft, kayak or swim the scenic Delaware River. Nearly 70,000 acres of forest and mountains provide for endless exploration. Hiking highlights include plentiful waterfalls, wooded ravines and 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Kittatinny Point Visitor Center, Old Mine Road, Hardwick Township, New Jeresy. Driving Time: 90 minutes.
Thomas Edison National Historical Park – Where else can you ramble through a giant gingerbread-like mansion while learning the story behind some of history’s greatest innovations? Touring the stunning 19th century Glenmont estate of Thomas Edison is a superb way to spend an afternoon. Visitors also have access to his extensive laboratory complex where modern marvels such as motion pictures and alkaline batteries were developed. 211 Main Street West Orange, NJ 07052. Driving Time: 30 minutes.
Morristown National Historical Park- There are few places in the Northeast where our revolutionary war history is better showcased. History buffs can tour significant locations such as Washington’s 1780 winter headquarters, Fort Nonsense Hill and several Continental Army encampment sites. The park’s Jockey Hollow section also offers more than 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey. Driving Time: 60 minutes.
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit- Known for the three Bs: beaches, biking and birdwatching. This barrier peninsula contains multiple beach access points, multi-use trails, marsh habitats and historic Fort Hancock. Direct ferries to the park also depart from lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport. Sandy Hook Visitor Center 1 Bay Avenue Highlands, New Jersey. Driving Time: 70 minutes.
For the complete list of National Park Service attractions within the tri-state area please visit the “Find a Park” tool on the National Park Service Website.