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Outdoor Adventures

Exploration at Our Door


Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Boating...

  • Kayaking and Biking with Andover Hunt and Fish

    196 Main Street, Andover, NJ 07821
    973-786-7382
    Andover Hunt and Fish is now offering Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards, Fishing Gear and Bike rentals right here inside Kittatinny Valley State Park on beautiful Lake Aeroflex less than a mile from the Wooden Duck B&B. A variety of options are available for rental.

  • Sussex Bike and Sport Shop

    231 Newton-Sparta Rd, Andover, NJ 07821
    973-940-2453
    Offers bike sales, service and soon rentals for path and trail.

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park

    Goodale Road, Andover Township, NJ 07821
    Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are features of Kittatinny Valley State Park. Lake Aeroflex and Gardner’s Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating. This scenic property is home to a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, beaver, muskrats, and squirrels. Hunting, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding are popular activities. The four lakes offer fishing, boating, and kayaking opportunities. The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are former railroads that have been converted for use as multiple use trails. Both railroads were critical to the development of Sussex County through the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The wide cinder surface is ideal for walking, running, mountain biking, and horseback riding. When snow conditions are abundant, these trails provide and excellent opportunity for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You might even see a musher and his dogsled team running down the trail!

  • Adventure Sports

    398 Seven Bridges Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
    800-487-2628
    Canoe, kayak, and raft on the Delaware River in the Pocono Mountains, Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania.

  • Kittatinny Canoes

    Seven locations in two states
    Kittatinny Canoes offers outdoor adventures for everyone who wants to experience the Delaware River and all it has to offer. Your Delaware River canoeing, kayak, raft, tube, zip, paintball, and camping adventures are a phone call away. Our area offers diverse seasons, an abundance of wildlife, one of the cleanest free-flowing rivers, and amazing scenery, all truly unique.

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    River Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832
    Paddlers slip down the river between low forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.

  • Liberty Water Gap Trail

    Across North New Jersey
    A trail that connects two national landmarks at each end: the Delaware Water Gap and the Statue of Liberty. A 130 mile linear park that runs the width of New Jersey, showcasing its most interesting natural and historic heritage. A multi-use path that provides a cross-section of forest, rural, suburban, and urban life across the state.

  • High Point Cross Country Ski Center

    1480 Route 23, Sussex, NJ 07461
    973-702-1222
    In the shadow of High Point Monument, at the northwestern tip of New Jersey, is the High Point Cross Country Ski Center. Over 1600 feet in elevation guarantees that High Point is the snowiest spot in the metropolitan area. It's "New England", nearby! Discover an alpine hollow of lakes, trees, wildlife, and sweeping vistas.

  • Row Your Boat Rentals

    1091 East Shore Drive, Newton, NJ 07860
    973-383-4200
    Row boats, Kayaks, Canoes and more. Inside Swartswood Lake State Park

  • Riverview Outdoor Adventures Climbing School

    Hackettstown NJ
    908-852-7622
    The Riverview Outdoor Adventures is New Jersey and Pennsylvania's premier guide service and climbing school.  We believe that adventure should be safe, fun, and challenging. It should be an experience where success or failure is not judged because both can be a positive experience since personal growth can occur from being outside your comfort zone.

  • Appalachian Trail

    Various Northwest NJ Locations
    The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

  • High Point State Park

    Route 23 approximately 7 miles north of the town of Sussex, NJ
    With over 50 miles of trails, High Point State Park offers visitors a variety of trail options throughout the year, Designated multiple-use trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling. Trails vary in length from one half-mile to 18 miles and take visitors through unique and diverse landscapes including an Atlantic white cedar swamp, mountain ridge tops with 360-degree views, dense forests, fields and wetlands.

  • Stokes State Forest

    Route 206, four miles north of Branchville
    The breathtaking and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain ridges to the west. For those who don’t relish the idea of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive to the pavilion at the top of the mountain. Stokes is famous for its impressive beauty, whether it is at the top of a mountain ridge or in the cool and fragrant Tillman Ravine with its rushing stream and steep cliffs. Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted to its wild setting.

Horseback Riding

  • Spring Valley Equestrian Center

    56 Paulinskill Lake Road, Newton, NJ 07860
    973-383-3766
    Stay and Ride available: Visit our Packages page for details.
    Creating strong, safe, and skilled riders since 1972. Gorgeous Trail Rides are available on any day of the week. We ride along through the beautiful fields and trails while enjoying a fantastic view of the Appalachian Trail Ridge to High Point; even our Guides never get tired of the view! English and Western horseback riding lessons.

  • Legends Riding Stable

    153 State Route 94, Vernon, New Jersey 07462
    973-827-8332
    15 Years of experience with our horses and trails! Offers PUBLIC Guided Horseback Riding Trail Rides in the most scenic part of the East Coast! Has about 350 acres and MILES of woods located in Northern New Jersey. The whole family can have a fun filled experience, adults and kids!

History and Museums

  • Franklin Mineral Museum

    32 Evans Street, Franklin, New Jersey 07416
    973-827-3481
    The Franklin Mineral Museum is a non-profit educational institution. The museum was incorporated June 2, 1964. Franklin, NJ coupled with its close neighbor Ogdensburg, NJ are the home of the world's most famous zinc mines. The Franklin mine is especially famous for mineral fluorescence, and variety of rare species.

  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum

    30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439
    973-209-7212
    Step Into Earth Science. An enduring geological mystery. A world-famous mineral deposit. And, it’s all right here in a New Jersey museum. The industrial complex that was once the Sterling Hill zinc mine is now open to the public as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

  • New Jersey State Botanical Gardens (at Skylands)

    2 Morris Road, Ringwood, N.J. 07456
    973-962-9534
    Come explore the Garden of the Garden State. From the delicate shades of a tiny wildflower to the vibrant colors of massed annual plantings, Skylands is a place of beauty in any season. Here you can wander amid the elegance of formal gardens, or along gentle paths winding through the woods. The NJBG includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands. You're invited to wander and explore the miles of marked trails.

  • Waterloo Village

    525 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, New Jersey 07874
    973-347-0900
    Waterloo Village takes the visitor through time from a 400-year old Lenape (Delaware) Indian village to a bustling port along the once prosperous Morris Canal. This early 19th-century restored village contains a working mill complex with gristmills and sawmills, a general store, blacksmith shop and several historic houses.

  • Sussex County Historical Society

    82 Main St, Newton, NJ 07860
    973-383-6010
    Online Friday's 9AM to 1PM. The purpose of the society is to promote public knowledge and interest in the history of Sussex County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas. Please note that if you are traveling any distance to visit the historical society, please call ahead to confirm that the building will be open on the day of your visit.

Thrills, Action and Adventure Parks

  • Skydive Sussex

    Sussex County Airport, 55 County Rd 639, Sussex, N.J. 07461
    973-702-7000
    Closest Skydiving Facility to New York. Tandem Skydiving - Beginner to Expert

  • Biplane Rides at Andover Flight Academy

    Lake Aerofex Rd (Off Limecrest Rd) Andover, NJ
    973-786-6554
    What better way to see the local area than from an open cockpit biplane? Rides are available on an appointment and walk-in basis, plane and pilot availability based. Please call to set up an appointment. Ride durations can be as short or long as desired and can be a short, local sightseeing flight or a more "wild", barnstormer aerobatics ride in the local designated aerobatic area. Prices are commensurate with the duration and style of ride but begin at just $60. Gift certificates for both rides and training flights are always available, please call or stop in for more information.

  • Moutain Creek Skiing, Terrain Park, Bike Park and Action Park

    200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462 973-827-2000
    Mountain Creek is the New York/New Jersey Metro area's closest ski resort and bike park. Mountain Creek offers 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region's most extensive snowmaking system and highest vertical at 1040'. Mountain Creek is also home to the region's only true All-Mountain Terrain Park at South and Bear Peaks. Our 65 acre Terrain Park is nationally renowned most recently being named a Top 5 Park in the nation in Freeskier's 2012 Resort Poll.

  • Tomahawk Lake Water Park

    155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta, NJ 07871
    973-398-7777
    The parks grounds are situated on 200 breathtaking acres that come complete with everything a family could ask including an 18-hole miniature golf course, rustic outdoor beer garden featuring live music on the weekends, horse-shoe and volleyball areas, an old fashioned picnic area with more than 800 tables and New Jersey's largest white sand beach featuring an incredible 20-acre lake! Be swept away by Tomahawk Lake's wide variety of incredible water slides and rides

  • Land of Make Believe and Pirate's Cove

    354 Great Meadows Road - Rt. 611, Hope, NJ 07844
    Premier Family Water Park & Amusement Park

Golfing

  • Farmstead Golf & Country Club

    88 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, New Jersey 07848
    973-383-1666
    5 minutes from the Wooden Duck. This 27-hole golf course has been offering some of the most beautiful scenery and challenging golf in Northwest New Jersey for the past 45 years.

  • SkyView Golf Club

    226 Lafayette Road, Sparta, New Jersey 07871
    973-726-4653
    The SkyView golf course weaves through the striking natural terrain of the site. Unique outcroppings of stone, grand sheer rock cliffs and long vistas to the surrounding valleys frame and define the movement of the golf holes. These memorable features strategically and aesthetically engage the player's senses throughout the golfing experience. SkyView was designed by Robert McNeil, Golf Course Architect of the Northeast Golf Company.

  • Highpoint Golf Club

    342 Shore Drive, Montague, NJ 07827
    973-293-0180
    Located in Montague, NJ High Point Golf Club has 18 picturesque holes that are surrounded by crystal lakes and are a challenge to play for both professional and amateur golfers. With its immaculate greens, lush landscaping and views of the High Point monument from the golf course, within a year of re-opening High Point Golf Club had proven itself to be one of the finest courses in the area. With scenic views of Holiday Lake, the Blue Heron Bar & Grill offer diners a wide variety of dishes as well as a full bar. Upstairs you will find an eloquent ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and exquisite views that are perfect for hosting any event.

  • Crystal Springs Resort

    3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
    117 holes spread beautifully across multiple award-winning courses

  • Culver Lake Golf Club

    125 E Shore Rd • Branchville, NJ 07826 •
    973-948-5610
    Culver Lake Golf Club is a picturesque course with some of the friendliest service in the state. Walk ins and beginners are always welcome, and, on most days, there won't be any waiting.

  • Lake Mohawk Golf Club

    471 West Shore Trail, Sparta, NJ
    973-729-9200
    Lake Mohawk Golf Club is a private member owned golf club located in Sparta, NJ. The full service Clubhouse provides a center for non-golfing activities with a dining room, grill room, separate member’s grill, meeting and locker facilities.

  • Newton Country Club

    25 Club Road, Newton, NJ 07860
    973-383-4817
    Founded in 1916, The Newton Country Club is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the Northeast. Sussex County NJ has the natural splendor of a state park located just a short drive from Bergen and Morris Counties. The centerpiece for gatherings is a charming colonial style farmhouse. This clubhouse has been modernized and expanded while still maintaining all of its original character.

  • Rolling Greens Golf Club

    214 Newton-Sparta Rd. | Newton, NJ 07860
    973-383-8460
    Rolling Greens Golf Club, Inc., an 18-hole golf course located in beautiful Sussex County in northwest New Jersey, is relatively flat and open with contoured fairways and rather tricky with well-bunkered greens. Easy to walk. Golfers encounter ponds on the par three 9th and 18th holes.

Baseball and Fairgrounds

Farms

  • Sparta Mountain Farm

    Sparta Mountain Farm is an educational farm for children and adults located in Jefferson Township in Northwestern NJ. We are a small family owned and operated farm incorporating a love for animals, nature, and education into our vision.
    217 Sparta Mt. Rd. Oak Ridge
    973-800-6780

  • Humming Meadows Alpacas

    Humming Meadows Alpacas is a family owned alpaca farm in Sussex county, New Jersey, nestled in 27 acres of beautiful woods and fields.
    131 Halsey Road, Newton
    973-362-0429

  • Heaven Hill Farm

    Lots of great and fun events throughout the year. Farm market with local honey and bakery too.
    451 New Jersey 94, Vernon Township
    973-764-5144

  • Longmeadow Farm

    Longmeadow Farm has 15 varieties of apples along with our pumpkins and so much more.
    561 Blairstown Rd (County 521), Hope NJ
    908-459-5351

  • Sussex County Strawberry Farm

    You pick strawberries, rasberries, pumpkins & More
    565 U.S. 206, Newton
    973-579-5055

  • Lusscroft Farm

    Lusscroft Farm is iconic of our vanishing rural heritage, holding a unique place in the Garden State's agricultural history. It embraces some of our most inspiring scenic vistas, intriguing geology and interesting topography.
    50 Neilson Road & 4-H Trail, 50 Neilson Road & 4-H Trail

  • Sunny Side Garden & Gifts

    Ornamental potery,birdfeeders, annuals & perenial flowers & gifts
    35 Rt 206, Stanhope
    973-347-3010

  • Blind Brook Farms

    Farm fresh eggs, horse boarding, firewood & social events
    70 Goodale Rd, Newton
    973-383-4109

  • Windy Brow Farms

    ***Open May through November
    359 Ridge Rd, Newton
    973-579-9657