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12 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in New Jersey To Visit In 2023

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

golden retriever with leash hiking

New Jersey is home to several different hiking trails that you can take your furry friend on. Most of these hiking trails do require the dog to be leashed, though. Furthermore, many have different regulations that must be followed while you’re there.

Despite this, many dog-friendly hiking trails in New Jersey are beautiful and a great way to explore nature with your canine. Take a look below at some of the most popular trails:

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The 12 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in New Jersey

1. Ramapo Valley County Reservation

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 608 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
πŸ• Open Times: Dawn to Dusk
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Scenic views of the lake and mountain
  • Several trails to choose from
  • Easy to moderate, depending on the trail
  • Dogs must always be leashed

2. Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Washington Township, NJ 07853
πŸ• Open Times: Dawn to dusk
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Moderate loop trail
  • Features a waterfall, boulder field, and a boardwalk
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash
  • Not very busy

3. Hacklebarney Loop Trail

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Hacklebarney State Park, 119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853
πŸ• Open Times: 8 AM to 8 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Moderate difficulty
  • Follows the Black River and its tributaries
  • Features several hemlock forests and ravines
  • Dogs are allowed whenever the trail is open

4. Allaire Orange Trail

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, NJ 07727
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Easy trail that’s popular with mountain bikers
  • Trail loops through the forest
  • Offers views of the Manasquan River

5. Peaceful Partners Trail & Long Path Loop

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Black Run Nature Preserve, Evesham Township, NJ 08053
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Located in the Black Run Nature Preserve
  • Moderate loop trail
  • Features pine forests, wetlands, and sand dunes
  • Dogs are allowed at all times but must be leashed

6. Sussex Branch Trail (Stanhope to Newton)

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Sussex Branch Trl, Andover, NJ 078211
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Very long, 37 miles out-and-back
  • You can hop on anywhere and turn back; completing the whole trail isn’t necessary
  • Trail follows an old railroad bed
  • Passes through forests, fields, and wetlands

7. Haledon Reservoir

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 1 Nature Preserve Way, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Easy trail loopβ€”only 2.5 miles long
  • Bridges available for detours through the middle
  • Offers scenic views of the water
  • Wildlife common along the trail

8. Sourland Mountain Trails

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Multiple Access Points, including 421 E Mountain Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Moderate to difficult trail
  • Covers 9 miles of varying terrain
  • Several different loops and connections to choose from
  • Rocky ridges, hardwood forests, and wetlands

9. Liberty State Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 1 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No

10. Windbeam Mountain

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Ringwood, NJ 07456
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • 9-mile loop that offers challenging climbs and stunning views
  • Popular with dog lovers and horses
  • Offers stunning views of the Wanaque Reservoir

11. Mills Reservation

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Mills Reservation County Park, 9 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No

12. Cold Springs Bike Path

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Lower Township, NJ 08204
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Easy 2.7-mile trail in-and-out
  • Follows an old railroad bed through a wooded area
  • Includes a 40-foot bridge over a stream that can carry pedestrians and bikes
  • Popular trail for bikers

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Conclusion

New Jersey is home to many dog-friendly trails. You can find somewhere to walk, no matter your location or skill level. Most of these trails are completely free, though you may need a permit to camp overnight in state and federal parks.

We included exceedingly long trails with tough climbs, as well as nice strolls through parks. Hopefully, you find something fitting for you and your dog on this list.

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