National Parks / Natural World
Hacklebarney State Park Long Valley
Where is it at?
Hacklebarney State Park
119 Hacklebarney Rd
Tel: 908 638 8572
Where are we going today?
If you love nature and wildlife, then you might want to keep reading as we tell you all about Hacklebarney State Park in New Jersey!
This beautiful state park is TEEMING with wildlife, including woodchuck, deer, fox, and those impressive black bear. You might want to remember your camera for those!
The rocky Hacklebarney State Park features the freshwater Black River that cuts it's way through the boudlers, making a beautiful location for an adventure.
There are two tributaries, which make their way through the glacial valley, and feed the Black River. This means that even in the heat of midsummer, the Black River gorge remains cool and very refreshing! Who wants to make a splash!
Keep an eye out for the river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks, because this creates a truly magical beauty - no matter what season.
Anglers, hikers and picnickers love the park today, but did you know that in the 19th century the park was once mined or iron ore? It's amazing the history!
Fishing is popular all year round, and hikers are in their element with the 465 acres of natural area and incredible views waiting to be explored! There are diverse habitats including wetlands, and birdwatchers will have some great opportunities, especially during migration.
Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes because the topography can be quite rugged!
An amazing family day out in nature at Hacklebarney State Park - don't forget those hats!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Dawn to Dusk.
There are grills and picnic tables in scenic locations along the ravine. No wood fires, and charcoal fires must be on the metal grills. Why not bring your own lunch to enjoy!.
Take plenty of bottled water and healthy snacks to keep that energy up!.
Any Top Tips?
Take the kids' binoculars, there's plenty of creatures to spot out and about..
Doing our bit
They have a carry in / carry out policy to help keep the park clean for the wildlife that live there, and the families that visit!.
Need a little extra help?
Hacklebarney State Park has very limited access for people with disabilities. Only the parking lot and adjacent restrooms can accommodate wheelchairs. Speak to the park office if you have any more questions.
There is a kids playground near the picnic area for the kids to enjoy!.
What people are saying?
by Noelia Woldin
Love it here.. such an easy & fun hike
by Carlos Lopes
is the best river for trouts,number 1,i loved it
by Annie T
So beautiful! Very leisurely stroll and my favorite closest park in central NJ. Mix of excellent views, nooks and crannies, foliage, rocks and brooks.
by Mehmet Oz
Good place for fall pictures
by Rashida Furniturewalla
Very clean and well maintained park. No bugs or flies to bother you. A good mix of easy to challenging trails all well marked. We followed the red trail and hiked on the waters edge on the boulders and in the water. It took us about 3 hours to complete the trail at a very slow pace as we wanted to splash around in the water as we went. We saw 2 copperhead snakes of be careful around the water. Not many people here and the place does have a few BBQ grills. Will definitely be back to explore some more.