The Best Fall Weekend Walks in New Jersey
As we discussed earlier, we've got an Indian Summer here in Ocean County at the moment, which we should definitely enjoy while it lasts. Before we know it we'll be shoveling snow and hibernating indoors for the Winter.
But while we have the chance, we should get out and enjoy what our area has to offer when the weather is just right for hiking. Here are a few of my favorite places to enjoy the cool weather.
Batsto Village is a combination of cool things. It's a park, where you can take your dog, bring a picnic, and stroll around. And it's a historic village where a lot of original buildings still stand. Public buildings like the post office, general store, and mills are still there, as are the private workers' homes and the iconic owner's mansion. If you like history, like I do, it's a perfect look into 19th century Pine Barrens life as well as a picturesque way to spend a perfect Fall afternoon. Call ahead to see if the mansion is open for tours when you plan to go.
Double Trouble State Park
Double Trouble State Park is very similar to Batsto Village in the sense that it also used to be a company town. The Double Trouble Cranberry Company operated here starting in the mid-18th century, and many of the buildings have been restored for visitors to take a look at. There is also fantastic hiking around the 1.5 mile trail through the park.
Double Trouble couldn't be easier to get to. Hop off the Parkway South at Exit 77, hang a left, and you'll literally drive right into the parking lot if you continue straight.
Brick Township Reservoir
The Brick Reservoir is one of my favorite places in Ocean County. As you can see from the picture, it's my favorite place to take my dog for a walk. If you've ever passed by on a 60 degree weekend afternoon, it's clear by the packed parking lots that I'm not the only one who feels that way. The walk around the reservoir is a pretty easy stroll but you should know in advance that the loop is 1.6 miles. It's just right for my 12 year old pup to make it around once before she's ready for a long nap.
We may be The Jersey Shore, but we're also good for a lot more than just sunbathing and surfing. What are some of your favorite places to spend time in the Fall?