Get Outside: Nature Walks in Morris and Essex Counties

Enjoy hiking, educational opportunities and more at one of the many tranquil nature spots in our area.
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Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center (Far Hills): Take a group tour of this historic house and grounds or enjoy a leisurely hike through the 670 acres, which include fields, trails, woodlands and a formal garden that dates back to the 1920s.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation (Jefferson Township): Boasting nearly 3,350 acres of near-wilderness and recreational space and more than 20 miles of multi-use trails, this is the largest park in the Morris County system. Enjoy horseback riding, archery, hiking and even model boat racing.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum (Morris Township): These 127 acres of tranquil woodlands and meadows surround a colonial revival mansion. Enjoy a scenic walk and learn about native plants on a tour led by expert horticulturists or show up for one of many educational events.

Tourne County Park (Denville): Stroll along this park’s extensive trail and see how many of the nearly 250 species of native wildflowers you can identify in this 547-acre preserve. Or challenge yourself by hiking to the highest point—you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

Mills Reservation (Cedar Grove): This unspoiled county park features several walking/jogging trails, including four main trails and many smaller ones that are suitable for all abilities. Enjoy a scenic view of not only the New York City skyline but also the basaltic lava that formed the mountain range.

Silas Condict County Park (Kinnelon): Twelve miles of easy trails meander through this compact park, linking several scenic overlooks. Go for a jog or a hike or take advantage of picnic tables, grills and a ball field and plan a picnic with family and friends.

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