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Best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes Near Hoboken and Jersey City

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best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes

As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state.

Below are a few of the best trails, within an hour or less drive from Hoboken and Jersey City, where you can immerse yourself in all of the reds, oranges, and golds that you can handle. Grab your water bottle, hiking boots — and maybe even your furry best friend — and get going!

Palisades Interstate Park (20 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Long Path, which starts at the stunning State Line Lookout, and moves through the park, hitting many other places of interest along the way.

Location: Bergen County
Trail Time: 4 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: State Line Lookout features a breathtaking panoramic view of the Hudson River. The park also boasts Greenbrook Sanctuary (a secluded woodland preserve), three historic sites (including the Kearney House, a nineteenth century tavern), four picnic areas, and three boat basins.
More info: Visit http://www.njpalisades.org/index.html.

Cheesequake State Park (40 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 4.5-mile hike explores Hooks Creeks Lake, Perrine Pond, and terrain ranging from forests to salt marshes. For this hike, take the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail until you reach the Green Trail, which will complete the loop.

Location: Middlesex County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Why It’s Great: This park boasts a rare combination of vegetation, from salt marshes to wetlands to forests, all of which are easily accessible to hikers through various trails.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (40 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Pyramid Mountain staff members recommend a 3.5-mile, moderately challenging trail that begins in the parking area, passes through a scenic overlook, and culminates at Tripod Rock. Plus, the return loop has a stretch along the Taylortown Reservoir.

Location: Montville Township
Trail Time: 2.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: The trail boasts stunning views of the New York City skyline, waterfalls, wetlands — and an up-close look at Tripod Rock. It’s a glacial erratic — aka, a rock not native to the area — and, as a 160-ton boulder balanced on three smaller stones, it’s a striking feat of nature.
More info: Visit http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/pyrmtnmain.asp.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: The trails are adaptable, but we like the five-mile route that takes hikers along Ramapo Lake and passes through the ruins of Van Slyke Castle. Take the MacEvoy Trail for about 1.5 miles, turn off onto Castle Point Trail, and use the Todd Trail to loop back around to the MacEvoy Trail.

Location: Bergen and Passaic counties
Trail Time: 3.5 hours
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm until November 1, when the trails will close at 6:00 pm
Why It’s Great: The trails are flexible, so hikers can mix-and-match routes based on their interests and ability. And Ramapo boasts New York City skyline views — as well as the ruins of Van Slyke Castle.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/park/ramapo-mountain-state-forest.

Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A scenic 7.5-mile hike covers Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond. Begin at Buttermilk Falls, head onto the Appalachian Trail until you reach the Crater Lake Trail, you’ll then use the Blue Mountain Lakes Trail to link back up with the Buttermilk Falls Trails and return using that route.

Location: Layton, Sussex County
Trail Time: 6 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Buttermilk Falls is NJ’s highest waterfall and a favorite destination of visitors to the park. Be sure to plan your hike after a period of rain to get the best views of the waterfall.
More info: Visit http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/trails.htm.

Hacklebarney State Park  (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Main Trail to the Upper Trail, and then use the Lower Trail to hike along the Black River before looping back.

Location: Morris County
Trail Time: 2 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: This trail takes hikers along many streams as well as the Black River, which is a plus as proximity to water causes leaves to change color earlier in the season.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html.

Norvin Green State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)Standout Trail: This four-mile trail will take you to one of the best views in New Jersey, Wyanokie High Point. Begin on the Otter Hole Trail, until you come to the Hewitt-Butler Trail, and follow this trail to the Wyanokie Circular Trail. Continue on the Wyanokie Circular Trail until it splits from the Mine Trail, at which point you should follow the Mine Trail to the Roomy Mine Trail. Stick to this trail until you once again reach the Mine Trail. From here, follow the Hewitt-Butler Trail to the Otter Hole Trail until you come back to your starting point.

Location: Passaic County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Wyanokie High Point features breathtaking skyline views, and also overlooks the Wanaque Reservoir. You’ll also see an old copper mine, as well as many streams and unique rock formations.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/wyanokie-high-point-loop-weis-ecology-center.

Worthington State Forest (90 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 7.8-mile trek follows the park’s Dunnfield Creek trail from the parking area for the first 3.5 miles, reaches Sunfish Pond, and returns on the Appalachian Trail.

Location: Hardwick Township, Warren County
Trail Time: 5.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: You can enjoy breathtaking views of Delaware Water Gap and Sunfish Pond, a stunning glacial lake. Warning: This terrain is rocky, so hiking boots are a must!
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/worthington.html.

NJ Family Magazine Cover Kid Contest!

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NJ Family Cover Kid Contest

Have you always wanted to see your kid on the cover of a magazine? Now’s your chance! We’ve partnered with New Jersey Family Magazine to find their February/March 2020 cover kid. They’re looking for a bright smile and bubbly personality to grace their cover. Share a sweet, adorable photo of your kid (ages 2-12) for a chance to appear on the cover.

In addition, the winner will also get a photo shoot at Hartshorn Portraiture  (winner must be available on December 7, 2019 for the shoot) along with a cover wardrobe from Osh Kosh B’gosh. NJ Family Magazine will narrow down all entries to 10 finalists and Renee’ Lauren with Click Models in Philadelphia will pick the winner!

The best part? ALL ENTRANTS will automatically receive via email a commemorative JPEG of their kid on the cover (a $30 admission fee applies; all covers will be emailed within 7-10 business days of entry). Fifteen percent of proceeds will benefit Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer .

Enter your child HERE

Tips to Ease the First Day of School

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first day of schoolTaking your children to their first day of school sounds like it would be a joy-filled occasion with lots of picture-perfect moments. And it can be. Giving you child some tools can make the transition easier. Here are some things you can do

Visit the school or classroom before the first day. Some teachers invite families to visit ahead of time. If not, take a trip to the school to see the building and the playground.
Read good books about starting school. Literature is a great way to prompt a discussion about going off to school — here are 12 books that can help pre-schoolers and even older children) overcome the 1st day fears.
Talk to your child about his feelings about school, friends, teachers, and new activities.
Practice, practice, practice! Learning how to get ready each morning for the trip to school takes time and practice. It’s helpful to practice this before the actual first day. Pretend it’s a school day, and go through the steps of getting up, dressed, fed, and out the door. Try this printable chart to help your child remember all she needs to do.
Rehearse self-help skills such as dressing, undressing, and hand-washing. Your child will feel more confident when she’s asked to do these things at school.
Make a portable family album. You can’t stay with your child all year, but your photos can! The process of making a photo album together is a bonding and comforting project. Use a small, soft plastic album (available at most dollar stores) that can be easily washed, carried, and kissed!
Ask your child what kind of snack she wants to bring. Shop together for the ingredients and engage her in the making and packing of the snack.
Go school shopping. Back-to-school clothes and items are popular with little guys as well as big. It’s not too early to start the ritual of shopping for special school outfits or a backpack. It doesn’t have to be something expensive. Even a “new-to-you” item will have meaning when it is designated especially for back to school.