The Personality of Northwest New Jersey Skylands

“Skylands” is simply a perspective; a way of looking at and appreciating Northwestern New Jersey. “Thinking Skylands” endeavors to meld those characteristics shared by the constituent counties, towns, ridges, valleys, country roads and sections of interstate into a comprehensive portrait; one more attentive to geographic, cultural, and historical attributes than county and municipal borders. Explore the remarkable personality of this place!

Officially, the Skylands Region refers to Northwest New Jersey and includes the counties of Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex. Destinations just beyond those borders, in neighboring counties and states (Pennsylvania and New York), are equally intriguing and convenient, so don't be confused if you come across some of those here.

This Summer Think Skylands!

Make it a point to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season. We’ve collected lots of ideas for you and your family. Some may be obvious, some might surprise you. We hope we’re helpful when you’re planning an afternoon, a weekend, or perhaps a permanent relocation to New Jersey.

Appalachian Trail Short Hikes

With a little planning and a map or two, the New Jersey section can be conquered one day at a time in seven modest day-hikes.

Canal Days at Bird's Lock

Among the shreds of Morris Canal that have somehow avoided destruction is a quarter-mile watered stretch that leads to Lock 2 East in Wharton's Hugh Force Park. A $1.8 million grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority will restore Bird's Lock to operational status and rehabilitate the lock tender's house as a museum.

Your Neighbor's Cow

Northwest New Jersey is now home to two dairy farmers who sell their milk directly to the consumer. It may not seem like much, but it is an important step forward in developing a more direct relationship between food and farm. Or is it an important step back, to days when food didn?t come from the supermarket shelves?

Ash At The Edge

There's a tree that I look at nearly every day. It's a huge ash tree that towers above our house just outside my bedroom window. Its trunk is close to three feet in diameter at the base and extends up more than fifty feet before it reaches the first group of branches. It's almost unimaginable to think that I might lose it, but that?s a distinct possibility now that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has arrived in New Jersey

Centenary Stage Company: Well Seasoned

Centenary Stage Company is fountain of entertainment, but more an investment in artistic expression and cultural vitality. There is a prodigious model here, and when Centenary Stage does its job, seeds are planted in the community.

Taking Flight in the Skylands

Fred Grotenhuis was more than a skilled aviator. He truly loved flying... anything! The Fred Grotenhuis Memorial Drone Scholarship is testament to Fred?s love of flight and his passion for involving others.

Back Road Bounty

Tucked away in the seemingly endless landscape of ridge, valley, and wooded hillside of Warren County is an incredible bicycle-friendly network of quiet back roads linking together small towns and historic villages, repurposed rail trails creating pastoral off-road adventures, and miles of single track trail tracing through the rocky upland forests

Mother Mink

Spend enough time alongside a trout stream, and you?re bound to make the acquaintance of some of the animals that reside along its banks. During my time fishing for trout, I?ve encountered many of these creatures with whom I've shared the stream.

Rumblings in the Railroad Earth

The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad's construction of a line that altered the contour of both the landscape and culture of Northwestern New Jersey has been a source of wonder since the first shovels hit the ground near the turn of the last century.

The region contains two national parks at its edges, 60,000 acres of state parkland, and a diverse and beautiful geography filled with lakes, rivers and picturesque hills dotted with farms.

The region's rustic nature is perfectly complemented by many vigorous towns and villages that offer wonderful entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities, fine museums, theaters and accommodations.

And there is a year round schedule of festivals, arts & crafts fairs, performance, exhibits, and educational events in New Jersey's Great Northwest.

Most of the material you'll find here has been published in our seasonal guide to the region: the Skylands Visitor Magazine. If you'd like a free copy, move over here.