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Ecotourism & Agritourism Abound in NJ’s Highlands Region

Things to do for kids, couples, families, seniors in the most scenic parts of New Jersey!

highlands nj mapThe Highlands Region in New Jersey covers much of Northern New Jersey and includes portions of each of the following counties – Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset. The area stretches from Phillipsburg, Warren County in the southwest to Mahwah, Bergen County in the northeast. This lush region is rich in scenic beauty – geological rock formations, rolling hills and farmland, lakes, rivers and streams, and plenty of wildlife habitat. Choose from thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of bird species, dozens of rivers, lakes & streams, two National Parks, one breathtaking region all within a tank of gas from New York, Philadelphia and New England.


A Landscape of Time and Treasures

As far back as 10,000 BC the Highlands characteristics were being formed when the Wisconsin Glacier retreated, dragging sediment along it’s path, which today form amazing outcroppings that can be found in many of the State Parks. The Region is also rich with historic, cultural, and archaeological resources due to Native American inhabitants, its place in American Revolutionary War era history, iron ore mining, the Morris Canal, agrarian settlements and the industrial revolution. For more details on historical happenings in the Highlands go to So This is Jersey.

6 Miles of Separation tells the story of just how much history there is in and around Harmony, New Jersey and the location of our annual event the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling.

Perhaps you’ve heard that any two people on the planet have a connection through only six others. The immensity of the world becomes much more intimate when we consider this possibility. In a way, we have similar connections to our past through our own surroundings, if we are willing to explore them.


Our Annual Fun-raiser

The Highlands Tourism Partnership is the organizing group of the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling, which is held in Harmony Township, Warren County the third weekend in October. The event welcomed groups from all over to compete in a Pumpkin Slinging contest. The event also featured an October Vistas Bus Tour of our area. Proceeds from the event will be used to promote the Highlands regions' agritourism, ecotourism and cultural assets.

Here is a video produced by Elliott Ruga. Check it out and you will see what our Pumpkin Sling is all about.


All Roads Lead To Adventure in the Highlands

With a name like Cranberry Lake you might envision a bog in the flatlands of the Pine Barrens. This 180-acre lake, however, is located about 5 miles north of route 80 on 206 and offers scenic hiking, biking, and paddling within the hilly terrain of Allamuchy Township. In fact, the area surrounding this lake in the Highlands Region is anything but flat and offers great variety for both the adventurous and the casual day-tripper...



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Photos from the Second Annual Last Fling Pumpk Sling Coming Soon...

Here are photos from our 2nd Annual Last Fling Pumpkin Sling

Here is what some of the teens involved had to say...

We just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for organizing the Pumpkin Sling Event on Saturday. Our team worked very hard and had a really good time designing the trebuchet as well as working together as a group. We look forward to doing it all over again next year!

Anthony, Gregory and Mark C.

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Photos courtesy of: Charles Fineran, Antonio Iannitelli, NJ Division of Parks & Forests.