Outdoor Fun Near Newport
As we slowly begin reopening, we’re excited to enjoy the outdoor spaces that make summer so special. New Jersey is home to a great number of parks and nature preserves that are perfect for a mini-escape. Safety remains our top priority at Newport, so we’ve gathered a list of five places to enjoy summer hiking and outdoor activities, all while ensuring we stay healthy and mindful of protective guidelines!
Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park is the site where George Washington and his army survived one of the coldest winters on record. It’s also a great spot for bringing the family to enjoy hiking and the beauty of the surrounding area. Though some of the park’s services remain closed, many trails and specific areas of the grounds are now open. Check their website for the most up-to-date information before you go.
Just over an hour away from Newport by car, Mountain Creek resort is home to a variety of fun outdoor summer options. As their phased reopening begins, you can now enjoy access to their bike trails and golf course. For detailed information on bike park hours and guidelines, click here.
Allaire State Park
An hour outside of Jersey City, Allaire State Park offers numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for fishing, horseback riding, and boating & kayaking. Camping and building access remains closed at this time, but check back later for when the historic Allaire Village reopens-- it’s the site to an historically preserved 19th-century iron making town and the antique steam trains of the Pine Creek Railroad! Park updates can be found here.
Lakota Wolf Preserve
We’ve mentioned the Lakota Wolf Preserve before as a great day trip from Newport, and they have recently reopened their guided tour program again for small groups. These educational wolf tours provide your family with the opportunity to learn about the endangered wolf species found at the preserve, as well as providing information on the additional wild animals that populate the area. Make sure you book your tour spot beforehand, as space is limited!
At Duke Farms, you can enjoy a walk or bike ride through nature across over one thousand acres of land. The property is committed to sustainability efforts, and boasts abundant wildlife and a tiered waterfall! With several exceptions, their trails are now open to the public, but building access remains closed at this time. Check here for a full list of updated visitation guidelines before you go.
It’s been a challenging last few months, but we’re so grateful to finally get to enjoy a bit of nature’s beauty! We hope you are able to find time for some sunshine as well. Stay safe and let us know where you’re hiking and getting outdoors to by tagging us on social media with #YourNewport!