Watchung Reservation 

Link: Watchung Reservation

2000 acres of undeveloped land for hiking and riding. East on I-78 to Exit 41. South on Plainfield Ave. 0.7 miles. Left on Valley Rd 4.4 miles. (The name changes to Skytop to Coles. It twists. Go straight through every intersection.) The Trailside Museum is open 1:00 to 5:00 PM daily.

Washington Rock 

Rock Road
Green Brook, NJ 

Link: Washington Rock

State park facility with hiking trails, picnic facilities, panoramic view. From Millington, south on King George Road/Mt. Bethel Road to Warrenville. Left on Mountain Avenue 1.2 miles to Washington Rock Road on the right.

Branch Brook Park 

US Route 280 in Newark to Mill Street
Belleville, NJ 

Link: Branch Brook Park

Each spring, more than 4,000 cherry trees produce a panoply of blossoms – celebrated annually in a festival attracting many thousands of visitors from home and abroad. In fact, the park has the largest collection of Japanese flowering trees in one location in the United States.