Fall in New Jersey offers a break in the heat and an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities throughout the state. With the leaves turning their famous coppery hues, September to November becomes the perfect time to plan a trip outdoors. From golfing and fishing to hiking and camping, there is no shortage of fun opportunities that allow you to enjoy New Jersey’s fall splendor.
Golfers can pick from some of the finest public courses in the nation. Scotland Run was rated eighth on a Golf Week list of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in the country by a team of elite raters. In the Atlantic City area, Atlantic City Country Club was named the No. 1 public golf course in the state by Golf Week and Ballamor Golf Club is ranked seventh in Golf Magazine’s best public course in the state. The Architects Golf Course is also ranked among the top public courses in New Jersey. The course is quietly nestled within wooded hills of Warren County, yet still remains a short drive from major metropolitan areas.
Likewise, the fishing options in the Garden State are equally plentiful. Fluke, Bluefish, Trout, Striped Bass and Weakfish are just some of the varieties you can expect to find when fishing in New Jersey waters. Along Strathmere’s coast is Corson’s Inlet State Park, which preserves the undeveloped land along the state’s oceanfront and is a great place to launch your boat to go fishing. Similarly, Parvin State Park is home to pine forests and swamp hardwood forest with fishing out on Thundergust Lake. The Belmar Marine Basin also offers a number of charter boats to venture out into the Atlantic Ocean for either half or full day trips.
Yet another way to really immerse yourself in the beauty of fall in the Garden State is by hiking through the foliage and camping under the stars. The Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area is a popular site with over 40 miles of river and 77,000 acres of land to explore. Wawayanda State Park contains steep mountains to challenge hikers, along with the Appalachian Trail. Meanwhile, Adventure Bound Cape May was ranked the best tent camping in the state – and for good reason. The campground is situated along the Cape May Peninsula, approximately 15 minutes north of Cape May Point, and offers wooded campsites, cable TV, laundry, in addition to secluded tent areas.