One of the best things about fall is watching the leaves change from green into vibrant hues of orange, red, yellow, and brown. Make the most of the season by exploring all the autumn colors in your gorgeous state! Here are the best scenic drives for fall leaf peeping in New Jersey.
Delaware River Scenic Byway
Length: 32.8 miles
Don’t forget to pack your camera when you head out on the Delaware River Scenic Byway! Beyond photographing and admiring the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, there’s plenty to do along your drive. Stop to visit historic sites, farms, flea markets, and recreational areas to keep things interesting!
Palisades Scenic Byway, NJ Section
Length: 13 miles
Much of this scenic drive takes you along the breathtaking Palisades Interstate Park, which is a National Historic Landmark. If you’re interested in hiking through the park for even more leaf peeping opportunities, you’ll be delighted by the variety of trails that offer spectacular views of your surroundings and the New York City skyline!
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway
Length: 27.5 miles
One of New Jersey’s National Scenic Byways, the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway offers both leaf peeping and history galore. Drive through the charming historic towns and visit General Washington’s last wartime headquarters all against the lovely backdrop of autumn foliage.
Length: 130 miles
This picturesque drive is separated into sections and is bordered by the Mullica River, the Maurice River and the Delaware Bay. This ride affords you lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing, picnicking, and of course, leaf peeping!
Length: 23 miles
The Western Highlands drive takes you through New Jersey’s portion of the Appalachian Trail, so there’s no doubt it’ll be a beautiful ride. You will pass through both the Newark Pequannock Watershed and the Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area where you can check out the hiking trails and enjoy pristine wildlife viewing.