THE CORN IS HIGH, THE PUMPKINS ARE RIPE AND THE
LEAVES ARE PUTTING ON A SHOW. TIME TO BUNDLE UP, HEAD
OUT AND REVEL IN JERSEY’S AUTUMNAL WONDERS.
HACKLEBARNEY CIDER MILL
Follow a winding road along the
Black River in Chester, past his-
toric farmhouses and an aban-
doned mine, and you’ll find the
Hacklebarney Cider Mill, built
in 1860. The orchard boasts 23
varieties of apples, but no pick-
your-own apples here—they are
all saved for the cider. Watch a
get lost in the corn maze and
fill a wheelbarrow with pick-
your-own pumpkins. The scent
of freshly baked apple dump-
lings, cider donuts and pie wafts
from the red barn, and a farm
stand doles out cider hot dogs
(cooked in cider with chunks
of apples) topped with tasty
ciderkraut. Scarf it down or get
it to go and drive a mile down
the road to the enchanting
465-acre Hacklebarney State
Park, where picnic tables nestle
next to waterfalls and boulders.
Turn the page for more autumnal activities, from harvest
festivals to hikes and hayrides.
Golden opportunities beckon.