Fun Things To Do In New Jersey In The Winter

New Jersey may be famed for its shore, glitzy boardwalks, and rolling farmlands, but winter brings its own excitement. In New Jersey, winter is time to get out and have fun.


Hit the slopes at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon. Less than 50 miles from New York City, Mount Creek is the perfect place to enjoy a “snow day,” weekend getaway, or a mini vacation. With 167 acres to ski down, a 1,000-ft drop, snowboard and tube runs, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun – and with the region’s most extensive snow-making system, little chance for disappointment.  With proximity to metropolitan areas and quality skiing, consider a weekday escape to avoid crowds, or check in for an extended stay slope side at the resort’s lodge or indulge in a luxury condo rental.

Perfect for families, Campgaw Mountain Ski Resort in Bergen, N.J., offers extensive areas for beginners and the smallest skiers. The county-owned ski area has one major slope, but five beginner and intermediate trails and a big “bunny” area.  There are six 800-ft tubing runs. Campgaw Mountain bills itself as the best place in New Jersey for anyone new to skiing.


New Jersey is a great place to try out the fastest growing winter sport in the world, snowshoeing. Great locations to burn some calories while enjoying the great outdoors are plentiful in New Jersey.

High Point Cross Country Ski Resorts offers five miles of trails exclusively for snowshoeing. The center’s longest path, Monument Trail gains 500 feet in elevation and rewards hikers with a view of the Catskills and Poconos in the distance. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area provides miles of great trails suitable for beginners yet challenging enough for an experienced trekker.  The Lamont Reserve and adjacent Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary offers the public 4.5 miles of trails through 200 wooded acres.  Be rewarded with wintery views of the New York City skyline when you rise to the challenge at Ramapo Mountain State Forest, which has trails with challenging climbs ranging from about 200 to 1,100 feet.

Ice Fishing

Just because the lake is frozen doesn’t mean the fishing fun is done for the season. Winter is a great time to try out ice fishing. When lakes and ponds freeze solid, it’s time for the hardiest of souls to get out the fishing gear. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages anglers to engage in the fun, productive, and social sport of ice fishing. How, where and when are subject to weather conditions, but generally ice must be at least 4 inches thick for safety.

Some popular “ice fishing” catch are the chain pickerel and yellow perch, while the Division has stocked several fishing species in recent years, including walleye, northern pike, tiger muskies and muskellunge.  The division’s new Winter Trout Stocked Lakes program gives ice fishermen a chance at an icy trophy trout.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife suggests a few popular lakes for ice fishing. Cranberry, Jefferson, Aeroflex, Hopatcong, Musconetcong, Swartswood, Little Swartswood and Wawayanda in Sussex County; Greenwood, Pompton, Shepherd, Green Turtle Pond and Monksville Reservoir in Passaic County: Furnace, White, Mountain, Delaware and Deer Park Pond in Warren County; Budd Lake in Morris County, and Spruce Run Reservoir in Hunterdon County.

Ice Skating

Up and down the state, outdoor ice rinks are ready for families yearning to burn off some energy, couples looking for an old-fashioned date, and other people looking to enjoy some icy fun in the great outdoors.

The Mercer County Ice Skating Center is an “open-air, sheltered skating facility” open seven days a week through Mid-March. The center has a little something for everyone, with a full snack bar, fireplace and lounge area, skate rentals and lockers. Middlesex’s outdoor Family Skating Rink overlooks the lake in beautiful Roosevelt Park. Skate with an ocean view at the Jersey Shore “Ice at the Pier.” Located at Pier in Long Branch, New Jersey, the rink is scheduled to be open through President’s Day weekend.

Sweet Treats

Canada and Vermont may grab the lion’s share of the maple glory, but New Jersey has its own thriving maple industry and winter is a great time to get a taste of what “Maple Sugaring” is all about, according to visit New Jersey.

On Sundays from early Feb to March 25, visit the Tenafly Nature Center to learn how to identify a maple tree and about the maple sugaring process. You can even enjoy a sweet taste.  Saturdays and Sunday from Feb.17 to March 11 at the Basking Ridge Environmental Education Center learn about the history and centuries old process at the outdoor “sugar shack.”


Take advantage of a snow day and grab your sled for some old-school adventure. New Jersey’s rolling hills make it ideal for families to find a perfect place to hit the hills. Many state and county parks as well as golf courses offer sledding opportunities with convenient parking, rest rooms and snack stands.

In Northern New Jersey, Liberty State Park in Jersey City offers thrills with a view.  Sled down the park’s hills while taking in the sights of the Manhattan skyline. Considered by some to have the best sledding in New Jersey is Jersey City’s Mosquito Park. It offers six acres of rolling hills and stunning views of the Pulaski Skyway.

In Central New Jersey, the Monmouth Battlefield State Park offers up a fun-for-all-ages long sledding hill just behind the Visitor’s Center. Thrill seekers from around the state head to southern New Jersey’s Fort Mott State Park and it’s steep sledding hill.

Wherever wintry adventures take you, Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J., can help you get there in a style in a new or used RV.

Featured Units: 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK

Stylish, spacious, comfortable, and towable the Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK Destination Trailer is home where ever you park – for weekends, a season, or all year long.

While most towable RVs aim to be light and sprightly to tackle life on the road, destination trailers, sometimes called park trailers, are taller, wider, and heavier, and outfitted with residential finishes for long or frequent stays at a favored destination.

The 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK takes destination living to a whole new level, with the most homelike finishes yet, vast open spaces and luxury living touches from forward picture windows to a rear, king-bedded suite. The 40CCK is 40-ft 4-inches long, 102.5 inches wide with 8-ft ceiling and three over-sized 7-foot tall slide-outs.

40CCK Exterior Features

Built on Forest River’s signature aluminum super structure, the handsome exterior features a stronger, thicker “true” pearl gel coat exterior. The “best of the best” in gelcoat exteriors, it keeps its high gloss longer than competitors’ less expensive gel “coated” exteriors.  A decorative front cap with molded picket fence completes the attractive exterior.

Arrive safely at your new address with included Forest River touches. The Dexter Safety and Performance package includes New Nev-R-Adjust brakes for improved stopping power, heavy duty axles with heavy duty link plates and shackles and upgraded tires on Dexter axles.

Step up illuminated porch steps made brighter by the functional and attractive mounted porch light, and enter the 40CCK through the thermal pane patio door.

40CCK Interior Features

Throughout the cottage find standard honey-glazed European beech cabinetry, Shaw carpeting with rebond pad, and Congoleum floor coverings. Coordinating window treatments, upholstery, and finishes are available in four options: domino, sandstone, gold dust, and raven. The high ceilings, over-sized slide-outs, large windows, and deluxe touches all combine to make the cottage truly homelike.

Open the patio door of the 2018 Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK and enter the fresh for 2018 kitchen. A massive island that is both functional and fancy, is perfect for gathering with friends and prepping meals. An under-mount double, stainless steel sink with high-rise faucet is set into a pretty and practical solid-surface counter top. Underneath find ample storage, or add an optional built in dishwasher.

Keeping things bright is a newly redesigned overhead ceiling medallion with recessed lighting and keeping it cool and comfortable is a Create-a-Breeze Fantastic Fan with thermostat and rain sensor. Store all you need for a long stay in generous residential-style cabinets that feature self-closing, full extension drawers, a wooden silverware organizer, and loads of overhead storage.

Residential style appliances — including a stainless steel 19-cubic foot refrigerator, matching overhead microwave, and recessed, large stainless steel oven with Piezo igniter, sealed burners, and glass cover with solid surface handle – share a huge slide-out with a full-length pantry, creating a spacious and welcoming kitchen.

Dine in style at a standalone table and four chairs in another slide-out opposite the kitchen. The table includes a hidden leaf so accommodating a crowd isn’t a problem. Nestled in the same expansive slide-out, are a pair of matched leather La-Z-Boy recliners – the perfect place to relax after a busy day outdoors, and a delicious meal.

The forward living room that opens to the kitchen is cozy enough for a couple, but with ample seating and space for friends and family. A front La-Z-Boy convertible sofa fits under a bank of picture windows that bring the outside in.  At night, the sofa becomes additional sleeping space for guests.

Gather around the finely crafted, built-in entertainment center to enjoy a roaring fire and watch movie on the 48-inch LED TV with 12-volt Jensen Home Theater System, which includes full integration with smart devices including Apple’s iPhone, iPod, iPad, plus Bluetooth streaming audio, video, MP3 and weather band information.

Like all Forest River Cottages, the 40CCK, the center bathroom features 48-inch one-piece fiberglass rectangular shower with built-in seat, upgraded shower head and sliding glass doors. A generous vanity with solid surface sink, 18-inch circular flow porcelain toilet and full-length linen closet make this a bathroom worthy of full-time living.

The Cottage’s third, rear slide holds a king-sized Serta mattress atop generous under-bed storage.  The master suite getaway includes a mirrored wardrobe, residential dresser, and lots of deep overhead cabinets that provide ample storage for long stays. For privacy, a second door provides direct access to the outdoors.

Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK

If you’re ready for seasonal living, long, relaxing stays, or to cut the ties with brick-and-mortar living, it’s time to consider the affordable luxury of Cedar Creek Cottage 40CCK living. Experience the Forest River difference at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, NJ. Tour the latest 2018 cottages with our experts and find your next home.

Camping in Spring: Top NJ Destinations

atlanticcityMiss the crowds, the heat of summer and enjoy the best of boardwalks, beaches, birds and nature when you camp around some of New Jersey’s top destinations this spring.


From Atlantic City to Wildwood, there’s something for everyone along the boardwalks of New Jersey – all located within range of great campgrounds.

Atlantic City’s world-famous four miles of boardwalk is less crowded and cooler in the spring. It may still be too cold for the beach, but the roller coasters are running, the arcades are open and there’s fresh hot pizza and cold ice cream available, along with excellent shopping.

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For adults, Atlantic City boasts bars, its world-famous casinos and top-notch entertainment by night

If family fun is what you have in mind, then head south to Wildwood for boardwalk fun with families in mind. While beach days may still be a few months away, Wildwood’s 38 blocks of boardwalks includes several miniature golf courses, water parks, shopping, restaurants and the famous Morey’s Piers seaside Amusement Park. With a choice of campgrounds nearby, Wildwood is an ideal family camping getaway. wildwoodboardwalk

Birds and Beaches

Spring brings longer, sunnier days and flocks of migratory birds to New Jersey.

To enjoy the best of beaches and birding, head to Cape May. Spring in Cape May is a great time to see migrating songbirds, shorebirds, and other species wearing their most colorful feathers. The spring migration begins in March and runs into July.IMG_006411-resize-3-24-2016-480x720

Cape May is at a crossroads for the spring migration of many bird species, and has numerous premier bird watching spots, thanks to the wind and geography of the region that funnel thousands of bird through the region. So dense is the bird population in the area, it is possible to see more than 70 species in a well-planned two to three hour walk.

Start your spring birding visit to Cape May at the Audubon Society Cape May Bird Observatory. While you’re there, pick up a free map, schedule of daily walks and programs for the season, and a birding checklist. So spectacular are the birding opportunities, The New Jersey Audubon celebrates with the annual Cape May Spring Festival, “So. Many. Birds.”  in late May. 12496137_1172417172781966_1147555768439160529_o

Another spectacle nature offers up in Cape May is the planet’s greatest concentration of breeding horseshoe crabs, according to Pete Dunne, director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. The crabs along the Delaware Bay beaches are accompanied by the shorebirds, lined up to feast on the newly laid eggs.

If birds and crabs don’t excite everyone in your RV, Cape May is still a top-notch destination. Visit the beautiful Victorian homes, Washington Street Mall and the Cape May County Zoo. Before Memorial Day and the crowds of summer, enjoy a quiet walk along the promenade or ride a bicycle to Higbee Beach. Reconvene your entire group — birders, beach-goers and shoppers – for a dinner at one of Cape May’s excellent restaurants.


With far fewer people than the summer months and temperatures in the upper 60s, it’s also a great time to enjoy long walks on the beach.

Cape May has many outstanding campgrounds with easy access to all the region has to offer.

The birding doesn’t stop in Cape May. If your spring journeys keep you to the north; visit the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, just 10 miles away from Atlantic City.StationPhoto2

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active paths makes it a critical link in the network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge offers a peaceful break from the bright lights of Atlantic City with salt meadow, marsh, coves and bays that make it a prime location for spotting migrating birds, feasting and resting from their long journeys.

The Garden State

Spring brings the opening of camping season in many of New Jersey’s state parks.  New Jersey boasts almost 20 state parks, forests and recreation areas with campsites and cabins. These top destinations celebrate the natural and historic sites with forests, recreation areas, historic buildings and restored villages.

Visit a state park to hike the Appalachian Trail through the forest until it opens up to a view of valleys and ridges, forests and farms. Walk the 50-mile Batona Trail through the fresh aromatic pine forests of the Pine Barrens. Step into history with a visit to Allaire Village, Batsto Village, the manor houses at Ringwood State Park or any of the historic sites in New Jersey.CgUzZHNUUAA-wzN.jpg large

Once you’ve mapped out your next roadtrip to one (or a few) of these awesome destinations, make sure your RV is ready to roll by heading to Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield. Their experienced staff will make sure you have the right RV for all your upcoming adventures!