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Today is officially the last day of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end.

We’ve taken many a Sunday trip to beautiful places, and our we’re happy to share those with you here on GreatFrumTrips.com!

Check out this great beautiful state park – one of our favorites in NJ with MANY unique features!


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This one is a bit hard on strollers due to the many stairs that lead you to many trails & beautiful river (more like a creek, based on the size)

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Waterfalls abound… not Niagara Falls (but hey, a whole lot closer!)

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Very unique feature – islands within the river with picnic tables are great for a picnic barbecue!

Where you ask? Not to far at all…


Hacklebarney State Park in Long Valley, NJ.

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(Driving Directions and attraction details below these pictures)

If your kids are aspiring naturalists, there are a myriad of creatures & wildlife to find…

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like salamanders,

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garter snakes,

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and millipedes.

Just don’t mind the bears…

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Don’t worry though, the bears are usually very well trained by their parents.

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Seriously though, we have never seen one HERE at this park – just use common sense and follow the trail signs.

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Our kids splashing around the “river“…

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…redirecting little waterfalls with rocks



…and jumping down the rocks into the deeper pools.


IMPORTANT TIP: People do fish this stream, so wear crocs or water footwear to avoid stray hooks

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The fast-moving ripples make for lots of fun


Follow it up with a picnic or  BBQ supper on one of the “islands”


Choose your “bridge” to this island – either a tree trunk or wood planks



Name: Hacklebarney State Park

GPS Address: 119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853  (click this link for directions)

Phone: (908) 638-8572

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html

Tried and Tested: Yes!

Recommended for: All Ages!

Worth traveling an hour for? We give this one a resounding yes

Distance from Passaic/Clifton: Approx 55 min. (Click address above for directions from anywhere!)



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Bonus Tip: Make a whole day out of this by visiting Alstede Farms, nearby, first!  You can go apple picking, pet their animals, jump in their giant haystack pile, & more!

Details about Alstede Farms can be found in the article below.


The Hurricane That Wasn’t? Go Apple Picking Nearby!

Most of all, have fun!

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