Sussex County is located at the top of northwestern NJ and is one of the state's most pristine rural areas. While tourism and agriculture endure as integral parts of the county's economy, the 521 square mile county has shown significant business and residential growth since 1990. The rugged Kittatinny Mountains cut across its entire northwestern edge and the heavily wooded New Jersey Highlands rise upward from the Kittatinny Valley in the eastern part to the county. The highest point, 1803 feet above sea level, is at High Point near the New York border.
The Sussex Skylands represents the most spectacular four-season leisure and residential resort destination in the New York Metro area. You will find 20 golf courses, Olympic caliber snowboarding and skiing facilities, world-class spa accommodations, state of the art sports facilities, the most expansive water park on the east coast, "pick your own" farms, "cut your own" Christmas trees and even minor league professional baseball.
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Morris County sits approximately 30 miles to the west of New York City and is characterized by rolling hills and valleys that are traversed by the major interstates and highways. New York City commuters enjoy easy access on NJ Transit trains and buses which service all 39 towns in the county.
George Washington and his army headquartered in Morristown during the war. Several of these encampments are preserved for viewing today. In the 1900's, the nation's business leaders from New York City flocked to the area for its ideal climate and "isolation" and it was claimed that more millionaires lived within a one-mile radius of the Morristown Green than anywhere else in the world.
Today the character of the county has evolved into a suburban residential area with quaint towns and more distant rural suburbs. Many large corporations have located throughout the county and there are several reputable hospitals, colleges, universities and numerous award winning public school districts.
Warren County's river valleys have been marked by human habitation from the earliest Indian settlements through the days of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars up to the modern age. In the early 1830s, the Morris Canal opened with its western terminus at Phillipsburg on the Delaware River and connecting to Jersey City some 102 miles to the east, providing a thoroughfare for local farm products to reach metropolitan markets. Phillipsburg was the crossroads for five railroads and heavy manufacturing in the area provided a great deal of machinery to the World War II effort.
Sections of the Morris Canal are now being transformed into a public greenway throughout the county. Highways I-78 and I-80 cross the county and open the area to daily commuters and emerging commercial and industrial areas along the highway corridors. Warren County's proximity to more heavily populated areas, along with the quality of life the county offers, makes it an attractive area to live and work in.
Somerset County enjoys a proud heritage, varied culture, 10,000+ acres of active and passive open space, a burgeoning economy and an extraordinary quality of life.
Its history dates back to 1681 with the settlement of the Leni Lenape Indian tribes. As part of the crossroads of the American Revolution, one can imagine hearing the roar of cannons and General George Washington's commands to his troops during the Revolutionary War. The heritage of the area may be revisited through archeological digs and authentic recreations, or by visiting numerous historical sites and monuments to veterans of all wars which illuminate the history of the evolution of our democracy.
Today we enjoy pristine parks, superior golf courses, world renowned gardens, equestrian and biking events, outstanding dining in restaurants with cuisine from around the world, first-class hotels and quaint B&B's. Interstates 287 and 78 along with an extensive rail network are attractive to NYC and local commuters alike.
Just an hour from both NYC and Philadelphia, Hunterdon County is a tourist's delight and a vibrant business hub all packaged in one 437-square mile destination and is among the New Jersey's most bucolic counties. It is home to 8,000 acres of parkland, vineyards, wildlife and historical treasures teeming with places to visit and things to do.
Visitors can stroll or ride a bicycle the length of the canal path along the Delaware River from Lambertville to Frenchtown or along the many miles of scenic country roads. Equestrians can saddle up a horse and ride the length of the Columbia Trail. Hikers have the option of any one of the many preserved wildlife parks and fishermen hail from far and wide to sample the trout fishing in the Ken Lockwood Gorge. Bring your boat to Round Valley Reservoir or windsurf there, if that's your pleasure. Pitch your tent, play golf, shop the streets of one of Hunterdon County's boutique river towns. It all happens in this diverse outdoor recreational haven.
Passaic County is situated in the upper northeastern portion of New Jersey between Sussex and Morris County on its west, and Bergen County on its east. Passaic County offers a wonderfully diverse geography and offers many living environments ranging from city to distant suburban areas. Traveling southeast to the northwest you will find a wide range of historical, entertainment, dining, and shopping venues leading to the rural tranquility and beautiful vistas of the northernmost portion of the County.
Passaic County's monuments and museums reflect the heritage of the region and the nation. There are also many parks and places of interest to explore. You can even go horseback riding just outside of the largest city in the county. And, with close proximity and good mass transportation alternatives available, the southern end of the county is particularly alluring to NYC commuters.
Bergen was one of the four original counties in New Jersey and lies to the east of the Skylands Region and closer to New York City. Today Bergen County is a 239-square-mile parcel of land in the northeast corner of the state, with a population of over 900,000 people. It is one of the wealthiest counties in the state and country, and its close proximity and many mass transit options to NYC make it a popular place to live for commuters.
Bergen County boasts an excellent park system where residents can ski, skate, jog, cycle, play golf, picnic, camp overnight, tour the Bergen County Zoological Park, visit a Revolutionary War battle site, take a guided nature hike, swim, and play softball and tennis. Many of the counties public schools are very highly ranked within the state.