Nestled amongst the northern and central parts of New Jersey, visitors will discover the state’s Skylands Region. Known locally as simply the Skylands, this section of the Garden State consists of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Passaic, Hunterdon, and Warren counties.
The Skylands’ attractions range from natural wonders that include historic national parks with the option to explore the Delaware Water Gap, a visit to George Washington’s former headquarters, and home to one of the biggest year-round resorts in the area. Travelers hail from far and wide to take in the beauty and enjoy everything the Skylands has to offer.
Morristown National Historical Park
A nature lover’s dream, the Morristown National Historical Park combines history with gorgeous greenery in Morris County. Not only can locals and tourists take breathtaking hikes, they can also take scene bike rides through the park’s Tour Road, or stop and learn about the park’s role in U.S. history. This Morristown park is a natural space that commemorates one of George Washington’s winter encampments and is also home to a museum that celebrates Washington and artifacts of pre and post-revolutionary America.
Mountain Creek Resort
If you’re looking for a quick break from the stress of every day life, take a trip to Mountain Creek Resort. This year-round resort in Sussex County is built for those seeking adventure. During the winter, you’ll find adrenaline pumping activities like skiing and snowboarding, and leisurely activities like snow tubing. During the summer, Mountain Creek Resort opens the doors to its massive water park and its bike park, which consists of 51 trails. Regardless of what activity you favor, Mountain Creek Resort is the perfect Skylands adventurous getaway.
Delaware Water Gap
Despite it’s official Pennsylvania address, the Delaware Water Gap is accessible via NJ’s Skylands region along Old Mine Road. Nature lovers and hike enthusiasts will rejoice in this nationally recognized green-space in Warren County. Situated between Mount Tammany in NJ and Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania, the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap is home to hiking trails, a breathtaking view of a glacial lake, and ancient copper mines to explore.
For any history lovers visiting the Skylands, a trip to Wallace House is in order. This Georgian style house located in Somerset County was actually the headquarters for George Washington throughout the winter of 1778 to 1779 in the Revolutionary War. Today, Wallace House serves as a reminder of the Skylands important role U.S. history and a tourist hotspot for any history buffs visiting the area.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
To take a very brief break from the Skylands’ revolutionary history, check out the Space Farms Zoo & Museum. This 100-acre space houses over 500 species of animals – think kangaroos, llamas, lions, buffalos, and many more diverse members of the animal kingdom. The fun doesn’t stop with the animals, however. History lovers already enamored with the Skylands can also visit The Space Farms Museum. Museum-goers will find a collection of motorcycles, antique firearms, old horse drawn carriages, and more artifacts that celebrate the best of American history.
Finally, a trip to any destination in the Garden State would not be complete without some retail therapy. Known as the Bridgewater Mall to locals, Bridgewater Commons is a shopping, dining and entertainment hub in Somerset County. With over 175 stores to shop in, restaurants like Seasons 52 to dine at, and a movie theater with endless film options to enjoy, Bridgewater Commons is the perfect leisurely outing to end a trip to the Skylands with.