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New Jersey is not all suburban sprawl. It’s home to preserved forests and farmland, streams and waterfalls, clean beaches and wetlands, and endless green mountains—and this guide takes you there. Explore the Ice Age–sculpted Highlands and Kittatinnies in the northwest, the rolling hills of the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain and Pine Barrens of the south; and discover the beauty of the coast—from Sandy Hook, guarding New York harbor, south to Cape May, where one of America’s first seaside resorts greets the Atlantic Ocean.
With this handy guide, veteran New Jersey hikers Paul DeCoste and Ronald Dupont provide all the information you need to get the most out of exploring the scenic Garden State by foot.
Look inside to find:
• Hikes suited to every ability • Directions to the trailheads • Comprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues • GPS-compatible trail maps • Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, and best seasons for every featured hike • Information on fees and permits, contacts, events and attractions, restaurants and accommodations, and canine compatibility
About the Author
Paul E. DeCoste is a native of New Jersey, brought up in a hiking family. As a nipper, he explored Mount Tammany, traversed the ice-covered Great Swamp, vacationed on Cape May Point, and tramped about Jockey Hollow on Sunday afternoons. As a member of the New York -New Jersey Trail Conference, he became part of the New Jersey volunteer management team for the Appalachian Trail, relocating it through the Great Valley and up the Wawayanda Mountain. As one of the creators, he taught Take a Hike and Appalachian Trail as an Educational Resource, encouraging folks to utilize the New Jersey park systems. Graduate of East Stroudsburg and Drew Universities; he taught for thirty years within the Garden State. Married with two children, he resides in Sussex County.
Ronald J. Dupont, Jr., is a lifelong resident of northwestern New Jersey and a 1985 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University. Over the last two decades, he has written three books and numerous articles on history in Sussex County and northern New Jersey. A Life Member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, he is a longtime trail maintainer in High Point State Park. Among other trail-related activities, he prepared an historical and archaeological survey of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey for the New Jersey Management Committee of the Appalachian Trail Conference. Married with two children, he lives in Highland Lakes, New Jersey.
Conceived on a camping trip, hiking came naturally. Jersey born and bred, as a tyke, he tramped the trails in Jockey Hollow, slushed through the Great Swamp, combed the beaches of Cape May, and became entrapped on Mt. Tammany. Grew into the NY/NJ Trail Conference management team, relocating the Appalachian Trail across The Great Valley and up the Wawayanda Plateau. Recognized for his trail work, he received Volunteer of the Year (1998) from the NJ Division of Parks & Foresry and placed on the 75th Anniversary Honor Roll by the Appalachian Trail Conference. After teaching for thirty years, DeCoste retired into publishing and photography.
This is the perfect hiking companion for the rookie hiker as well as the life-long walker seeking the natural beauty of the Garden State. Trail descriptions are accurate and easy to follow. The authors' well-written narratives include historical and cultural settings that add depth and perspective to the hikes. Even though I've been walking New Jersey trails for nearly thirty years, I was able to discover new circuit hikes as well as new paths and adventures with this book as my guide. New Jersey's outdoors hold many pleasant surprises for those who seek to air themselves out in the Garden State, and this book is the best guide I've found to lead you to them.
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This fine collection of hikes in New Jersey covers a fair sampling of outdoor treasures from all over the state. I purchased both the hard copy and the Kindle versions, and this Review discusses first the book and then using the guide in the Kindle version.
The hard copy version is a classic hiking guide, produced on good paper with colored covers and well bound. The extract provided on the "Look Inside" feature here on Amazon is a fair representation of the description of each hike: details of length and difficulty, directions to trail head, other users, dogs allowed, a simple map, and historical or environmental items of interest. There is a very useful discussion of hiking in the state generally, a suggestion to purchase more detailed maps, especially from the New York New Jersey Trail Conference (see first Comment), checklists of items to carry, a short but good bibliography, and a list of additional sources of information, primarily online.
The only criticism that occurs to me is that there is no GPS data for any of the hikes, but that data is not essential to the occasional hiker. On balance, this is a five star hiking and walking guide for New Jersey.
As an experiment, I purchased both the hard copy and downloaded the Kindle version, in the latter case to a Kindle 2, the Kindle PC and the Kindle iPhone app. I was particularly interested in how the Kindle version would work in practice. (I confess I've loved using paper guide books for over 40 years, and this version is perfectly acceptable for trail purposes; about a pound in weight, easy to carry and use even in wet weather (encased in a Ziplock bag), wide margins for writing, easily Xeroxable for even less weight, in short the classic hiker's approach.Read more ›