It’s been 10 years since we launched!

Back in the spring of 2009 when we started posting our hike descriptions, photos, and videos, we never imagined how many people would find it useful.

It started a long time ago…

The site was a long time in launching. We started putting together ideas in the early 2000s and registered the domain a few years later.

In 2006 we designed the first version on our local server and started logging our hikes. Dig deep enough and you’ll find those first not-so-great short posts.

Finally, after a few more designs and many more hikes, we went live in March of 2009. That first month the site received just a few hundred visits.

10 years and millions of website visitors, 3000+ miles, and untold gallons of post-hike ice cream later… here we are.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported NJ HIKING over the years!!!

We’d also like to recognize the NY-NJ Trail Conference who have been building and maintaining trails in New Jersey for nearly 100 years, as well as the countless other groups and organizations that maintain trails in New Jersey.

– Dawn & Tom

We celebrated by giving a $100 REI gift card to a lucky NJ hiker! The winner is…

Molly S. from Hopewell, New Jersey

Congratulations Molly! We hope you’ll put it toward swanky new boots, a backpack, or some other cool gear.

Rules: Contest will begin on May 1, 2019 and end on May 31, 2019. Enter on Entrants must be 18 or over. One (1) winner will be selected via random drawing upon completion of the entry period. One (1) prize of a $100 REI gift card will be awarded.

Winner will be notified by email. Only the winner’s first name and city/state will be shared on the website and social media. Gift card will be mailed from REI to the address provided. is not liable for card being unable to be delivered. The gift card will be subject to the terms and conditions as set forth by the issuer of the gift card. Gift cards are not refundable or transferable and may not be substituted or exchanged for cash or credit at any time, nor will gift cards be replaced if lost or stolen.

Employees and their families of and REI are not eligible to win the prize.