A Rainbow of Autumn Colors
Residing in a rental apartment in Fort Lee, New Jersey, yet so close to New York City, provides convenience, comfort and benefits not available to a city dweller. No need to travel to Central Park to see the leaves on the trees turn autumnal when all you need do is look through The Modern’s floor to ceiling windows with its breathtaking panaoramic views that span the Hudson River, the New York skyline, the George Washington Bridge and surrounding landscapes. However, for those who are adventurous nature lovers, this is the ideal time of the year to pack up your car and take off to explore New Jersey’s breathtaking foliage.
One of the supreme routes to savor the beauty of the state’s foliage and capture 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 winding rivers and scenic reserves. Consider starting your journey from the town of New Gretna all the way to Hammonton. This excursion takes you through Basto Village, a National historic site at Wharton State Forest, as well as the Wading River, Leektown, Crowleytown and the Mullica River.
Well known for its fall beauty and shimmering autumn color palette the Delaware River is must see. To experience this part of the state in all its glory, consider starting in Milford on Route 519 and continuing south to Frenchtown and Stockton, then concluding in Lambertville. While the passing landscape from the car is reason enough to take the trip, don’t forget to stop at the charming towns along the way. Milford, a quaint 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 unique antique shops, fine art galleries, biking trails and a plethora of dining choices.
Meandering 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 boasts a daily tasting of their award-winning wines and delicious 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. If you’re a sports enthusiast, a great time is on deck when visiting Arm & Hammer Park for a Trenton Thunder game.
While the best time to capture a glimpse of natures splendor varies from year to year, September through November are typically the most ideal time of year to be captivated by the rich and vibrant hues of the season. However, for more specific conditions, be sure to check out the foliage lowdown on The Foliage Network. Don’t forget your camera!