Four New Jersey scenic byways have been designated as national scenic byways by the federal Highway Administration: Western Highlands, Bayshore Heritage, Palisades and Pine Barrens.
Six of New Jersey’s eight scenic byways now have a national designation.
“Gaining national recognition for four of New Jersey’s scenic byways will provide an opportunity for people from all across the country to know about the distinctive places and diverse communities in our state,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “These scenic byways help share stories about New Jersey’s history, natural beauty and recreational opportunities by highlighting roads less traveled in New Jersey.”
A regionally significant road is designated a national scenic byway when it possesses at least one of six intrinsic qualities: archaeological, cultural, historical, natural, recreational or scenic. As part of the designation, byways are featured in a commemorative 2021 National Scenic Byways Program designations booklet and will be added to the America’s Byways website.
New Jersey’s Delaware River and Millstone Valley scenic byways were named national scenic byways in 2009.