Ecotourism Agritourism in NJ’s Highlands Region
The Highlands Region covers much of Northern New Jersey and includes portions of Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon and Somerset counties. The area stretches from Phillipsburg, Warren County in the southwest to Mahwah, Bergen County in the northeast. This lush region is rich in scenic beauty - geological rock formations, rolling hills and farmland, lakes, rivers and streams and plenty of wildlife habitats.
Choose from thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of bird species, dozens of rivers, lakes and streams, two national parks, one breathtaking region all within a tank of gas from New York, Philadelphia and New England. The Highland's Region is also noted for its wineries that produce award-winnings wines. When in the Highlands Region be sure to visit one of the area's five wineries that are located on some of the most beautiful land that New Jersey has to offer. See wineries list below.
In addition to its wineries, the Highland's Region also features a number of pick-your-own farms and farmers markets. Many of these farms have special events year round. So stop by enjoy the family fun activities and get some Jersey Fresh vegetables or fruits.
Alstede Farms always has something going on. 84 Rt. 513 (old Rt. 24), Chester, 908-879-7189. Donaldson Farms has GREAT sweet corn! Pick-your-own pumpkins and strawberries. Birthday parties, kids farm camp, events. 345 Allen Rd., Hackettstown, 908-852-9122.
Longmeadow Farm has a wide variety of apples to pick from plus raspberries, cut flowers, pumpkins plus honey and a huge assortment of jams and jellies. 561 Blairstown Rd. (Rt. 521), Hope, 908-459-5351. Wightmans Farms offers a bakery, deli, fruit and gift baskets, flowers and plants, homegrown flower bouquets and fall hardy mums. Finest quality Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations plus fruits, vegetables and much more. 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, 973-425-9819. Grochowicz Farms has a large variety of items in their farm market and bakery, nice location on Rt. 31 and easily accessible. Grochowicz Farm Market Deli 2401 (Rt. 31), Glen Gardner, 908-537-4332.
Highlands Region Wineries: Four Sisters Winery at Matarazzo Farms 783 Rt. 519 at Doe Hollow Lane, Belvidere, 908-475-3671. Brook Hollow Winery is open Sat. and Sun., noon - 5 pm, 52 Frog Pond Rd. Columbia, 908-496-8200. Cava Winery and Vineyard 3619 Rt. 94, Hamburg, 973- 823-9463 Ventimiglia Vineyard 101 Layton Rd., Wantage, 973-875-4333 Westfall Winery 141 Clove Rd., Montague, 973-293-3428.