Hiking Hemlock Falls

As you can probably see, my husband and I have been trying to explore the state of New Jersey more.  Last week we went hiking and the week before, we flew to Northern New Jersey.  hemlock falls 5

While we don’t have any plans to move soon, you never know what could happen.  I want to leave knowing I’ve explored the state. Plus, without running races, I’ve needed something to fill that space.  To be honest, I miss racing, and I’ve wanted to stay busy too.

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Last week we went up to Hemlock Falls in what is considered “Central New Jersey.”  It’s further north, but technically the state boundary lines consider it Central.  The debate of New Jersey is a post for another day, and probably one I have no business sticking my head into.

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With that, we went hiking.  The Hemlock Falls Trail is roughly 6 miles long.  We got lost a few and took several detours, so it ended up being about 6.5 miles for us.  My ankle wasn’t bothering me during the hike which I was happy about.

NYC is through the bushes

NYC is through the bushes

Many people don’t realize how beautiful and scenic New Jersey is.  The State is known as “the Garden State” and there are plenty of gardens, nature and scenery to view.  I promise we aren’t all turnpike, pollution, and traffic.

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There wasn’t a lot of water trickling through the falls last week, so we were able to walk around on the banks.  My husband is more adventurous than I and climbed to the top.  Since I can barely run in a straight line, rock climbing was not in the cards for me. hemlock falls 6

Afterwards, I left exhausted. Hiking is tiring and a hard workout. It was my only workout that day, but I was the most tired.

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Questions for you:

Have you ever been hiking?  Do you have any New Jersey/PA/Delaware recommendations? 

What are some fun hobbies you like to do?


8 responses

  1. Being on the east coast I feel like there are so many places you can do day trips to. Hikng is definitely tough. I think the longest hike I have done was 3 miles but it was hiking up a mountain not a trail so that is probably why it was more challenging. I definitely need to check out more of the parks and trails in PA and NJ.

  2. I’ve really gotten into hiking in the last 4 years or so but I haven’t done enough of it. My cousins have a ski house up in northern NH that I’d like to get up to a bunch this year because the mountains there are huge but also not super difficult for beginner hikers like me ha I’m always way more sore after hiking than running/walking. It’s something about the balance I think that uses different muscles than I’m used to.

  3. Ahh I need to get here! I’m in central jersey, so I’m hoping this place is close haha. It’s amazing how beautiful parts of jersey are. When I first moved here, I was not thrilled, but I live in the middle of a nature preserve now and I wouldn’t change it for the world. The state is a whole lot more than industrialization and shorelines that’s for sure.

  4. Where I grew up in Texas (Austin, just way out in BFE), hiking was an option every day. I learned how to rock climb early (I’m also very clumsy, and ended up chipping my front tooth one time; I was also 12, so there’s that). I’m glad you had a good time! It is a great workout, and a fantastic way to spend time with someone!

  5. WOW gorgeous pics! NJ is beautiful! My son hikes every weekend in BC, Canada. He would definitely join your hubby on that ledge! 🙂

  6. It looks like you and Tim had a wonderful time hiking. I actually never realized NJ had trails for hiking but it’s cool that they do and that you’re exploring them. You’re right about exploring your state and getting out and doing things. Even if you don’t move, this is a good season of life to do it (no kids, no crazy corporate job that has you tied down like crazy, not training for any races so you have time, etc). Plus flying to them sounds so fun!

    I’ve only been hiking once! A few years ago, I went with a group of friends and we ran 4 different trails around the state. We really only “ran” one because the rest turned out to be hiking trails, but that was okay because hiking was fun and great exercise. I really enjoyed it and would like to do it more, but we just don’t have many trails around Charleston. Also, the weather here is pretty hot for it, and Clay doesn’t do well in the hot temps (he waits until almost dark to even mow the lawn). Maybe I can go again when it cools down a bit.

  7. If you ever get down the Central NJ/PA border (think around New Hope), check out Ringing Rocks State Park in Upper Eddy, PA. Then, in Titusville, PA, there’s good single track hiking at Fiddler’s Creek, which is part of Baldpate Mountain (an old, small, ski slope). In Upper Monmouth County, there is Clayton Park – really nice low-impact hiking (I do a lot of trail running there, too).

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