Books about New Jersey and the Meadowlands.
This page has a list of travel references that will assist you in getting to know the area better. These books are available through links to and State of New Jersey web pages.

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The Meadowlands:
Wilderness Adventures
at the Edge of a City

by Robert Sullivan / Paperback / July 1999 **

Sullivan is irrepressible and irresistible as he captures the Meadowlands' anomalous beauty and revels in its colorful lore. Donna Seaman
NY Times review
Also available in hardcover.


Fields of Sun and GrassFields of Sun and Grass:
An Artist's Journal of the New Jersey Meadowlands

by John R. Quinn / Paperback / Oct 1997 **

Quinn's text is thorough, complete, and offered in a beautifully poetic yet pragmatic prose, making the read that much more pleasant and inviting. The author's artwork is perhaps the aspect of the book that most effectively haunts you. One chapter gives helpful and experienced advice on enjoying the Meadowlands firsthand through boating, fishing, hiking, and the visiting local parks.

Also aviailable in hardcover.

A Guide to A Guide to Bird Finding in New JerseyBird Finding in New Jersey New
by William J., Jr. Boyle / Paperback / Aug 2002

New Jersey is one of the smallest and most densely populated states, yet the remarkable diversity of its birdlife surpasses that of many larger states. Well over 400 species of birds have been recorded in New Jersey and an active birder can hope to see more than 300 species in a year. William J. Boyle has updated his classic guide to birding in New Jersey, featuring all new maps and ten new illustrations. The book is an invaluable companion for every birder - novice or experienced, New Jerseyan or visitor.

Birds of New Jersey Field GuideBirds of New Jersey Field Guide
by Stan Tekiela / Paperback / August 2000

The full-page, color photos are incomparable and include insets of winter plumage, color morphs and more. Plus, with the easy-to-use format, you don't need to know a bird's name or classification in order to easily find it in the book.


New Jersey Birding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  & Wildlife Trails: Meadowlands and MoreBirding & Wildlife Trails: Meadowlands and More
By New Jersey Audubon Society and New Jersey Meadowslands Comission /Paperback / August 2006 New

This FREE 72-page, full color guide features site descriptions, seasonal viewing forecasts, driving directions, public transportation options and guidelines for catch-and-release fishing throughout the Hackensack River Watershed area. Whether itŐs a guided tour of the wetlands, a short hike through bird habitats, or a peek at the wildflowers in Richard W. DeKorte Park, the Meadowlands District has a trail for you.  YouŐll find miles of salt marshes that brim with natureŐs beauty all year round. To help visitors discover the hidden wonders of the Meadowlands, the NJMC has released the first comprehensive eco-tourism guide to the region and the Hackensack River. The 27 nature sites in the publication also can be accessed on the web.

To request a FREE COPY of this guide, call toll free: 888-NJM-BIRD. It also is available in Spanish


Skudera's Ultimate Guide to NJSkudera's Ultimate Guide to New Jersey
by Michael Skudera / Paperback / October 2002

SkuderaŐs Ultimate Guide to New Jersey is the first combination travel guide and multimedia CD-ROM (requires Windows) of the Garden State. It features over 3,500 color photographs and over 1,000 points of interest. The 320 page guidebook starts by listing tours of several unique towns and villages of New Jersey. Where the guidebook ends, the accompanying multimedia CD-ROM only begins! Now your only option isnŐt just to read about a particular place, you actually see it before you go! You also have the option to print a specific point of interest, including maps and contact information, so you donŐt have to take the entire book with you on your excursions.

Backroads New JerseyBackroads, New Jersey: Driving at the Speed of Life
by Mark Di Ionno / Paperback / September 2002

Di Ionno leads readers off the congested interstates to the seldom-explored secondary roads, where the real life of the state can be found. These intercounty or 500 series roads are a 6,788-mile network of mostly one-lane highways. They are never the most direct way to get anywhere-but they are a pleasure to drive and a way to see New Jersey life as lived by New Jerseyans.

Weird N.J.Weird N.J
Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman
Hardcover / August 2003

There's much more to New Jersey than highways and diners, and Sceurman and Moran do their part to exalt the state's lesser-known virtues in this "journal of strange travels," which goes far beyond the legend of the Jersey Devil. The book, which sheds light on "slightly offbeat or left of center" oddities of the Garden State, is a kooky compilation of roads less traveled, unexplained phenomenon and unsolved mysteries.. In a more serious vein, the book also devotes a good chunk of pages to more unusual aspects of New Jersey's history. The magazine-like format, perked up with numerous photos, perfectly suits the subject's quirky nature.

Weird N.J, Vol 2Weird N.J, Vol 2
Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets 
by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman
Hardcover / September 2006

Weird N.J. was such a phenomenon that it began a whole series of Weird state books, each one a bestseller. But the Marks, as they are called, always knew that there were more, bizarre stories lurking in their own home state. So back they went, camera and notebook in hand, to travel the highways and byways of New Jersey to chronicle more weirdly bizarre stories

New Jersey GetawaysNew Jersey Getaways
The Complete Guide to Garden State Day Trips
by Willa Speiser / New Jersey Monthly Press /Paperback / March 2001

In New Jersey getaways comes the mother lode of day-trip ideas. Admirably well researched, it offers the history and culture of the spot, as well as detailed directions to locations and attractions and best dining...right down to tips on easy parking that only natives know about. - Radio persolnality Jim Gearhart, New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey Off the Beaten PathNew Jersey Off the Beaten Path
A Guide to Unique Places - 8th Edition
By William G. Scheller, Kay Scheller / Paperback / May 2006

Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide helps you discover the hidden places in New Jersey that most tourists miss - unsung, unspoiled, and out-of-the-way finds that liven up a week's vacation, a day trip, or an afternoon.

Backroads Backroads of New Jerseyof New Jersey
Your Guide to New Jersey's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures
by Robert Heide, John Gilman, and Paul Eric Johnson
Paperback / August 2007

Beyond New Jersey's bustling cities and busy turnpikes are lesser known marvels of nature and history, all within easy reach of a traveler consulting this book. Let Backroads of New Jersey guide you to the natural wonders, historic sites, and other secrets of the Garden State whether you're planning a day trip or looking for unusual destinations.

New Jersey Day TripsNew Jersey Day Trips:
A Guide to Outings in New Jersey and Nearby Areas of New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware - 11th edition
by Patrick Sarver / Paperback / Aug 2007**

Warmth, wit, and information galore are highlights of this revised tenth edition. Covers museums, zoos, amusement parks, beaches, restored villages, historic sites, gardens, flea markets,and quaint towns.

New York, New Jersey & PennsylvaniaLonely Planet New York New Jersey & Pennsylvania
By Tom Smallman / Paperback / Dec 2000

The book includes information on the best things to see and do in all three states, provides accommodation options for a range of budgets, from hidden forsest campsites to highway motels and charming B&Bs, and provides information on outdoor activites including the best parks for hiking, biking, etc.

Country roads of New JerseyCountry Roads of New Jersey
Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions

by Judi Dash, Jill Schensul / Paperback / 3rd edition / July 1999

Ramble through America's rural heartland on winding back roads leading to mom-and-pop markets, roadside fruit stands, steam railways, and an endless variety of out-in-the-country attractions. Each title explores 10 or more meandering weekend tours as authors share their intimate knowledge of people, places, and country life.


New Jersey Walk BookNew Jersey Walk Book:
A companion to the New York Walk Book

Paperback / Dec 1998

Indispensable regional reference books for the hiker. Full trail descriptions with full-color maps. Also geology, history, hiking tips, much more. The Hikers' "bible" since 1923. Index, magnificent sketches.


New Jersey AtlasNew Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Paperback / March 2005 *

Contains topographic maps with unbeatable detail, plus gazetteer information on great places to go and things to do. Scale equals 1:77,000 or 1"=1.2 miles. Contour Interval 100'. Each page covers 12.1 miles x 16.1 miles and includes GPS Grids & tick marks, Index Place names & map features and shaded relief. Includes detailed street maps of Atlantic City, Camden, Newark & Vicinity, and Trenton. 67 pages of maps with 88 total pages. Gazetteer categories include, Atlantic City casinos, Attractions, Campgrounds, Fishing, Golf courses, Historic sites, Hunting, Paddling, Recreation areas, Scenic drives, Ski areas, Trails, Unique natural features and Wildlife viewing.


New Jersey Travel Guide 2007
The State of New Jersey offers a
free 152-page full color guide listing the wealth of amusements, attractions, and accommodations available throughout the Garden State. Click on the title for an online order form for the 2007New Jersey Travel Guide, available FREE from the State of New Jersey. Tourist information is aslo available online at the state's official travel website.


The New Jersey Department of Transportation offers a free New Jersey Map.

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Special note to AAA members
Members of the American Automobile Association are reminded that free maps and guides to New Jersey and neighboring New York are available as part of their membership. The
AAA office in Secaucus is located at 40-C Meadowland Parkway in the small shopping plaza next to the exit to Meadowland Parkway from 10th Street.

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