Colors of the Season in New Jersey


The foliage in New Jersey is simply breathtaking, and there’s no better way to see the changing of the leaves than by taking a drive on one of the scenic regions of the state. And with fall looming just around the corner, the time is ideal to plan a scenic road trip to New Jersey.

One of the best routes to enjoy the beauty of the state’s foliage and snap some fabulous photos of the orange, crimson and golden leaves is along Route 542. As part of the Pine Barrens Byway, the drive takes you through dense forests of pines and along wild rivers and scenic reserves. Consider starting your journey from the town of New Gretna all the way to Hammonton. This drive takes you through Batsto Village, a National historic site at Wharton State Forest, as well as the Wading River, Leektown, Crowleytown and the Mullica River.

The Delaware River is also well known for its fall beauty and shimmering autumn color palette. To see this part of the state in all its glory, consider starting in Milford on Route 519 and continuing south to Frenchtown and Stockton, then ending in Lambertville. While the passing views from the car are reason enough to take the trip, don’t forget to stop at the quaint towns along the way. Milford, a charming historic town, is home to the Ship Inn Restaurant and Brewery, New Jersey’s first brewpub. You’ll also want to visit Frenchtown, an attractive river town filled with antique shops, fine art galleries, biking trails and plenty of dining options.

Traveling down Route 31 from Ringoes will lead you into the historic Delaware region. You’ll surely want to stop in Pennington, a quaint town with lovely shops. Meanwhile, nearby Hopewell Valley Vineyards offers a daily tasting of their award-winning wines and fresh brick oven pizza. Pack up and head west on Route 546 to Titusville to see Washington Crossing State Park, where General George Washington made his famous Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. Continuing south down Route 31 from Pennington, you are bound to hit Trenton, the state’s capital housing the Old Barracks Museum and New Jersey World War II Memorial. For the sports enthusiast, a great time awaits when visiting Arm & Hammer Park for a Trenton Thunder game.

While the best times to see the state’s picturesque foliage varies from year to year, September through November are typically the most ideal time of year. However, for more specific conditions, be sure to review the foliage report on The Foliage Network.