Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve: Franklin Lakes, NJ

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayak rentals. Chipmunks scurrying. Picnic tables expertly positioned in bucolic settings. Paved and gravel trails with lake viewing platforms. What a gem.

We discovered Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve in late July and loved it. The stroller-friendly/wheelchair accessible trail is short, about 0.25 mile, but we just lapped it back and forth, picnicked, and watched chipmunks dart amongst the trees. Simple, but that was adventure enough for our little guys. I can totally see our family coming back here to kayak when our youngest son gets a little older.

The Park Mama Tips:

  • Weekday mornings are the best time to visit if you’re looking for relative seclusion. As you can imagine, it gets pretty busy in the afternoon and on weekends here.
  • Many Google reviewers mentioned that the trail gets uncomfortably muddy after it rains. You might want to reconsider your trip here if it rained the day before.
  • No bathrooms, but porta potties are available.

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Published by TheParkMama

Hi, I'm Janet, a city dwelling nature lover and mama bear of toddler and preschool aged explorers. We love discovering uncrowded green spaces within a short drive of Hoboken, NJ that are little kid-friendly - from botanical gardens and nature preserves to arboretums and parks - there's something magical about adventuring together.

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