region in New Jersey, the states most northern region

The Skylands is fairly mountainous region of Northwest New Jersey.

Counties edit

Map of Skylands

Cities edit

  • 1 Morristown — A city of traditions. Washington camped there during the American Revolution.
  • 2 Madison — A mixture between a collegetown and a wealthy town.
  • 3 Newton — the county seat of Sussex County.
  • 4 Vernon — A popular destination with a ski resort in the winter and a water based theme park in the summer.
  • 5 Phillipsburg — A large, urban town just across the river from Easton in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.
  • 6 Hackettstown — A small town, with a historic, but struggling, Main Street.
  • 7 Flemington — Shopping in outlet stores is the thing to do here.
  • 8 Netcong — a transit hub near the corner of Warren, Morris and Sussex counties, with a train station very close to Interstate 80, and Routes 46 and 206

Other destinations edit

Understand edit

View of the Red Mill along the South Branch of the Raritan River in Clinton, New Jersey
  • American English is the main language of this part of New Jersey, but Spanish speakers can be found in shops and restaurants in many major towns. Communities of people who speak many major languages in the world can be found in pockets all over this region, as well.

Get in edit

By plane edit

By train edit

Three New Jersey Transit lines originating from New York, Hoboken, and Newark reach into the region.

  • The Montclair-Boonton Line first travels north into Passaic County before turning west into Morris County and terminating at Hackettstown.
  • The Morristown Line enters Morris County from its southeast after Summit and runs through the eponymous town before joining the Montclair-Boonton Line at Denville and also terminating at Hackettstown; its Gladstone Branch stays south at Summit and instead runs through northern Somerset County, terminating at Gladstone.
  • The Raritan Valley Line enters central Somerset County; most trains terminate at Raritan though some offer further service into Hunterdon County and terminate at High Bridge.

By car edit

Interstates 80 and 78 are the main east-west highways through the region; those will be your two main options coming from New York City (from the east) or Northeast Pennsylvania (from the west).

If you're coming from Westchester or Rockland Counties in New York, I-287 is likely a better bet in order to avoid the worst of New York City-related traffic, although do be cautious about large trucks parked on the side of the road, especially at night, as the highway can be somewhat winding here -- they're not supposed to be there but for the drivers anything to get that early delivery bonus. Coming from farther upstate New York or from New England, consider using I-84 westbound through the Hudson valley and entering Sussex County from the north via US-6 or US-209 (they quickly become US-206 right before crossing the state border).

From Philadelphia and its suburbs to the north and west, US-202 reaches directly into Hunterdon County. Suburbs to Philly's northeast, as well as those on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, will likely find using I-295 before switching to NJ-29 (along the River), NJ-31, or US-206 (through Princeton) to be the best paths (US-206 can be a hassle during rush hour owing to it being only two lanes for a good portion of its route, though).

From the Jersey Shore, the Garden State Parkway is the fastest way to get to I-287, from where you can travel into the region (US-9 or NJ-18 are your best bets if you're willing to trade tolls for traffic lights).

By bus edit

Get around edit

See edit

Itineraries edit

Do edit

Waterloo Village in Stanhope is a restored 19th-century canal town and open air museum.

The New Jersey State Fair in Augusta is a typical state fair with exhibits, shows and food in a very large fairgrounds facilities for about 10 days every summer.

Professional sports fans could take in a game of either of the region's baseball teams, the Sussex County Miners of the Can-Am League, who play in Skylands Park in Augusta, or the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League who play in TD Bank Park in Bridgewater.

Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon is famous for its skiing in the winter time and its water park in the summertime. There are other events in the fall: wine tasting, dog and horse shows, and a farmers' market.

The Land of Make Believe near Hackettstown is an amusement park designed for parent participation with children.

Eat edit

  • Pizzerias can be found around almost every corner. Most are good, some are better than others.
  • Hot Dog Johnny's: an iconic road stop off of Route 46 in Buttzville, NJ where you can get fantastic hotdogs and fries and some tasty refreshing birch beer.

Drink edit

Stay safe edit

Emergency — Dial 911

  • Morristown Memorial Hospital[dead link], 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07962. +1-800-247-9580. Regional Trauma Center
  • Hackettstown Regional Medical Center[dead link], 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. +1 908 852-5100
  • Warren Hospital[dead link], 185 Roseberry Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. +1 908 859-6700
  • St. Clare's Health System[dead link] (4 Hospitals)
    • Clare's Hospital/Boonton Township — 130 Powerville Road, Boonton, NJ 07005. General Information: +1 973-316-1800.
    • Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville, 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834. General Information: +1 973-625-6000.
    • Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover, 400 West Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ 07801. General Information: +1 973-989-3000.
    • Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex, 20 Walnut Street, Sussex, NJ 07461. General Information: +1 973-702-2600.
  • Newton Memorial Hospital, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860. +1 973-383-2121.
  • 24 Hour Pharmacy in Mt. Olive

Go next edit

This region travel guide to Skylands is an outline and may need more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. If there are Cities and Other destinations listed, they may not all be at usable status or there may not be a valid regional structure and a "Get in" section describing all of the typical ways to get here. Please plunge forward and help it grow!