Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the weather isn’t great for a stroll or hike. In fact, we consider this time of the year the best for hiking since the trails are less crowded, and you’ll get some much needed fresh air and hopefully vitamin D. We’re outside all season in spring and summer, but now it’s more important to get the sunshine your body is needing/craving this time of year. So we put together our favorite spots in Mercer to do just that. See them all below -

 

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows

111-167 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence

Perfect for those who like to stroll or bike since most of it is flat walking paths through woods and meadows. Beautiful scenery for miles and great history of the AT&T International Call Shortwave Radio Station throughout the park.

An open field with a bright blue sky and a lone tree

 

Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

30 Mountain Avenue, Princeton

Great location for a family hike. Peaceful, quiet and picturesque. Stop by the lake for a good photo spot.

A field with a cloudy sky above it

Photo via Max Grey

 

Institute Woods

Princeton Pike, Princeton

Beautiful and well-maintained trails with a fun suspension bridge added in. Both easy and length hikes available with plenty of nature to enjoy, including fishing areas and a bird sanctuary. A great historic spot as well since this was the area Washington’s army marched on their way to Princeton. Be prepared for a bit of mud, especially after rain.

A hanging bridge with green trees surrounding it

Photo via njhiking.com

 

Rosedale Park

424 Federal City Road, Pennington

The trails here connect to Pole Farm, mentioned above, so you can keep the hike going on longer, if you wish. We’re mentioning the park since it’s perfect for families to get in exercise while stopping at the dog park, lake or playground, if needed. There’s also a big hill here for sledding during snowy weather.

A lake with trees reflected in the water on a bright day

Photo via tripadvisor.com

 

Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Trail

Canal State Park Trail, Princeton

Beautiful scenery, well-maintained trails and leads to other parks in the area. Great spot for fishing or kayaking as well, if that’s more your speed. It makes you forget about all that stress and worry.

A trail with a bunch of trees on either side and some water on the right side

Photo via asergeev.com

 

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