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Where to Find Peace in New Jersey [LIST]

photo by Eric Johnson

The annual United States Peace Index has placed New Jersey at number 28 out of 50 states for peacefulness. The Institute Of Economics & Peace define peace as “an absence of violence”. The index is based on rates of homicide, violent crime, incarceration, firearms and police employees. Maine tops the index as most peaceful state. The New Jersey towns of Edison-New Brunswick are ranked as the number 2 most peaceful metro area in the USA!

This morning (5/3) Eric Scott sat in for Jim Gearhart and this peace index got him wondering where in New Jersey our listeners go to find peace. So we opened up the phones for your suggestions and here is our list:


1

The Pine Barrens


 
 

Visit Wharton State Forest in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean County.

 
2

Jenny Jump State Forest


 
 

In Warren County, Jenny Jump State Forest follows the Jenny Jump Mountain Range.

 
3

Parvin State Park


 
 

In Salem County near Elmer, visit Parvin State Park. You can rent cabins there!

 
4

Island Beach State Park


 
 

One of the last pieces of undeveloped shore on the east coast, find your peace, sun, sand and fun at Island Beach State Park. It's especially peaceful in the off season.

 
5

Swartswood State Park


 
 

In Sussex County, Swartswood State Park was New Jersey's first state park. Established in 1914

 
6

Wildcat Ridge


 
 

Wildcat Ridge is great for hiking, nature study, photography, exploration, fishing and hunting.  On 4,000 acres in Morris County.

 
7

Ringwood, New Jersey


 
 

In Passaic County, scenic Ringwood features Ringwood State Park and Ringwood Manor.

 
8

New Jersey Botanical Gardens


 
 

Visit the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in Ringwood, New Jersey.  96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands. You're invited to wander and explore the miles of marked trails.

 
9

Shad Fishing On The Delaware


 
 

Every spring millions of shad enter the Delaware Bay to begin the long and difficult upstream swim toward the river's head water in the Catskill Mountains. Hundreds fish the waters of the Delaware River in Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties.

 
10

Washington Rock


 
 

Located in Bridgewater, Washington Rock was a valuable lookout point during the American Revolution for General George Washington in June of 1777.

 
11

Watchung Reservation


 
 

It's the largest park in Union County. Watchung Reservation is located near Summit and Mountainside.  While hiking there check out the deserted village of Feltville and along the shores of Lake Surprise.

 
12

Sourland Mountain Reserve


 
 

njhiking.com says go to Sourland Mountain Reserve  in Somerset County, for "pleasant, easy hiking"! Sounds peaceful!

 
13

Tubing Down The Delaware River

 
 

If you are not in a hurry and don't mind a slow, relaxing, peaceful float in a tube down the Delaware River, this is a must this summer! The best places are found in Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties.

 
14

Delaware & Raritan Canal


 
 

Before railroads, the Delaware & Raritan Canal allowed shippers to cut many miles off the route from the Pennsylvania coal fields, down the Delaware. Today it's a great place for walking, running and biking.

 
15

Palisades Interstate Park


 
 

On the Hudson River in northeastern Bergen County, Palisades Interstate Park  is about 12 miles long and a half-mile wide, with 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shore front and uplands.  Check out the most impressive sections of the Palisades. Enjoy hiking, picnics, scenic overlooks, boating and a nature sanctuary. 

 
16

Hunterdon County Backroads


 
 

One listener suggested just taking a drive down the back roads of Hunterdon County.

 

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