Adventure Travel – New Jersey
New Jersey is one of the most under rated adventure travel destinations. The area offers looks at delicate environments, historic sites, the sound of the surf and wildlife not to be missed.
Along the New Jersey Shore Cape May will take you back to victorian times with buildings from the 1600’s. If you hang out along main street it is a bit too touristy. So take a walk along the back roads to get a feel for the area to take you back to a simpler time.
The beach here is clean and a walk along the ocean or a day of playing in the surf can sooth your spirit. Travel inland just a short distance and visit the winery in the area and sample the grapes in the area.
The Maritime Forest once ran all along the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the last remaining stands of the forest can be found at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. This area is an important feeding site for migratory birds. You can hike a short trail not even a quarter of a mile and view the birds, box turtles and deer that inhabit the forest.
The New Jersey leg of the Appalachian Trail is one that can take you into the wilderness and through either rough or not so rough terrain. Picking rough terrain usually will get you away from most people and for the adventure traveler it can raise your adventure level.
Beaver Pond Trail is strewn with lava rocks from a volcano that has been dormant for many years. This is bear country and there are scars on the trees giving proof as you hike along. The hike will take you across High Point Mountain giving you views to the Atlantic Ocean. Traveling through wetlands and at the end of the trail you will find the beavers engineering masterpiece the pond.
High Point State Park Monument Trail offers a less taxing hike, for 3 miles you will travel through the forest, see lots of mushrooms, and enjoy the feeling of being in a magical place. Following the trail to the end you will get a view of the Delaware River flowing to the Atlantic Ocean.
Saw Mill Lake is a great place to set up your home base while staying close to the Jersey Shore. Waking everyday in the woods the lake is man made but looks like a natural lake surrounded by the woods.
Leave the city noise and enter New Jersey backwoods and let your adventure begin.