Hacklebarney State Park — Chester, NJ
Hacklebarney is one of my favorite places to hike in NJ. The main features include a small waterfall, man-made rock stairs, and riverside trail alongside The Black River. Hacklebarney has many trails with different degrees of difficulty, fishing, hunting, and picnic areas. Take the longer loop trails and try to spot a couple endangered species of owl, hawk, and turtle.
Local Recommendations: Take a day trip into the town of Chester. The main street has some cool, low-key restaurants and boutiques with an artistic flair. Chester holds near-weekly events such as the spring Food Truck Festival (which is awesome), and flea markets. For good, authentic Mexican food check out Fresco Mexican and for homemade pies, ice-cream, and jams pop into the famous Alstede Farms on the other side of route 206.