The Skylands, Drive to It Not Through It

The Skylands Region is the perfect place to get back to nature, experience history and sample some great New Jersey wine.

Known as New Jersey's "Great Northwest," the Skylands Region is a beautiful, breathtaking slice of the state that offers natural landscapes filled with lakes, rivers and picturesque hills dotted with farms. Throughout the Skylands you will find a variety of accommodations – from quaint B&Bs and inns to vacation resorts and hotels, all ready to warmly welcome you. 

The Skylands’ quaint towns and villages offer travelers many things to do – unsurpassed entertainment and culture, shopping and dining opportunities, and more in desirable destinations including Madison, Morristown and Vernon

In general, New Jersey boasts the highest density of wildlife per square mile of any state in the nation, with more than 325 species of birds, 90 mammal species, 79 reptile and amphibian species and more than 400 species of fish. Bird watchers will find the Skylands’ location – nestled into the heart of the Atlantic Flyway – makes this region one of the best birding areas in the state. 

For active outdoor fun there are plenty of hiking and biking trails – including over 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail that passes through the Delaware Water Gap as well as High Point and Wawayanda State Parks – in addition to opportunities for paddling adventures down the Delaware River.

The Skylands is rich in history. Hessians and the Continental Army scurried back and forth across these counties and helped New Jersey become known as “Crossroads of the American Revolution.” General George Washington’s troops spent two harsh winters in the hills of Morristown. This strategic location afforded them proximity to New York City, defensible terrain, important communication routes and access to critical resources. You can relive this revolutionary past at Morristown National Historical Park.

You can also sip and savor your way through the Skylands with stops at Ventimiglia Vineyard, Brook Hollow Winery, Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms and others. 

Before you make plans to stay and play in the Skylands Region, we recommend contacting your desired accommodations and attractions to ensure you have all the latest details on visitation.