Are you planning a trip to Northern New Jersey this winter? If so, I’d suggest that you consider packing your snowshoes. There are many destinations located in the region that offer opportunities for snowshoeing. With that said, here’s a rundown on a few of my favorite spots:
High Point State Park
Sussex County’s High Point State Park is one of the best places to go snowshoeing. As a matter of fact, it is such a great place to go snowshoeing that the New Jersey State Snowshoe Championship is slated to be held there in early February 2013. The park offers access to miles of trails, breath-taking views, snowshoe rentals and a warming area. Snowshoe rental prices start at a modest $13 per person. The park opens daily and admission is gratis. However, visitors should note that there is a trail pass fee that must be paid. Trail pass fees start at $8 per person. Lodging and dining establishments are located nearby.
Mountain Creek Resort
Sussex County’s Mountain Creek Resort is another great place to go snowshoeing. Just ask the folks behind the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series. They are expected to host a snowshoeing event there in January 2013. The resort itself is located in Vernon and offers a whole host of onsite amenities. Among them are day spas, overnight accommodations, retail shops and dining opportunities. Prices and hours of operation are subject to change.
Mohican Outdoor Center
Warren County’s Mohican Outdoor Center is located in Blairstown. It is often thought of as the base camp for snowshoers wishing to explore the Blue Mountain Lakes area, the Appalachian Trail and the Paulinskill Rails-to-Trails area. The Blue Mountain Lakes area alone is home to 10 miles of snowshoeing trails. Sadly, snowshoe rentals are not available onsite. However, New Jersey Adventure Tours is located in the general area. They offer guided snowshoeing excursions that include snowshoe rentals.
Jenny Jump State Forest
Warren County’s Jenny Jump State Forest is located near Hope. It features roughly 13 miles of trails and year round shelter rentals. The shelters are located towards the summit of Jenny Jump Mountain and come equipped with wood burning stoves. Rental prices typically start at $48 per night. The area is accessible daily and admission is gratis. Visitors should plan on bringing their own snowshoes. Dining opportunities are located nearby. One of the nicest is the Inn at Millrace Pond. The staff makes a great bowl of French onion soup and a juicy cheeseburger.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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