Because Hackettstown is relatively smaller geographically than most other municipalities in the area, some of the attractions listed here could legally be in the municipalities of Mansfield (Route 57), Independence (New Jersey) (517/46), Allamuchy (517/Waterloo Rd.) or Washington Township, Morris County (Route 46), but most are in or are close to walking distance from Hackettstown. These townships are considerably less developed. Most of the commercial development of the townships are located near the Hackettstown border.
Hackettstown Station is the last stop on the NJ Transit Montclair-Boonton and Morris-Essex lines. Once you get to the Dover station, trains can be found that take you to Morristown, Hoboken and Newark and New York City.
There 7 trains a day to and from Hackettstown
- 1 Hackettstown railway station.
New Jersey Transit has a shuttle service, known as Wheels 973, that usually has two small buses going in a loop around town from 8AM to 6PM, M-F.
- The Route 80 exits 26, 25 and 19 are all between 5 and 10 minutes driving time north of Hackettstown.
- From Exit 26 take Route 46 West through Mt. Olive and Washington Township until it turns into Main Street, Hackettstown.
- From Exit 25, going North, turn right into the International Trade Center and follow the signs for Waterloo Village. Make a right onto Continental Drive, and then, at the end of that road, turn left onto Waterloo Road, which turns into Willow Grove Road when it comes up toward Hackettstown.
- Via Exit 19, turn left towards Panther Valley. Follow County Road 517 several miles until you get to Hackettstown.
- County Road 517 goes south through Schooley's Mountain and connects with route 78 at Exit 24, also known as Oldwick, Whitehouse in Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
- Route 57 goes southwest through Washington and on towards Phillipsburg.
- Route 46 goes Northwest past Main St., through Great Meadows, Independence and on towards Belvidere until it ends at the Delaware River bridge crossing to Portland, Pennsylvania.
- Enterprise Rent-a-CAr, 7 Riverside Plaza, ☏ . New cars. If you plan to drive one way long distance, Enterprise has offices all over the country. $45 a day.
- Rent a Wreck, 141 Mountain Ave, ☏ . Affordable car rental of older, used cars. Cars are inspected and up to code, but may have scratches on the body. Locally owned, so you can't go one way long distance like Enterprise. about $29 a day.
- Hertz Rent A Car, 115 E Plane St, ☏ .
Taxi or Limo
- Knight Rider Taxi & Limousine, 229 Main St, ☏ .
- Hackettstown Taxi Service: 908-852-3111
- Chapin Limo & Taxi: 908-979-9444
- Centenary Stage Company (Centenary College Players), 400 Jefferson St, ☏ . The box office is open Mon. - Fri. from 2- 5PM and two hours prior to each event.. A stage for professional actors on the property of a small, private college. Drama majors from Centenary College usually mix with professional and amateur actors from around the area. Expiremental as well as traditional plays are performed, as are other performing arts, including Jazz and other music performances from the area and from around the world.
- [formerly dead link] Clearview Cinemas - Mansfield Cinema 14, 1965 Rt. 57 (Corner of Allen Rd. and Route 57), ☏ .
- Mars Corporation Headquarters (M&M/Mars Factory), 800 High St, toll-free: . Not open to the public. Home to one of the biggest chocolate making companies in the world, the factory once offered tours, but not anymore. Some say the reason they no longer offer tours is because of 9/11, but others say it is to avoid industrial espionage due to people dying to know how they make their snickers bars!. You can drive by smell the chocolate and look at the giant inflatable characters from the street. It's just one of the things Hackettstown is known for.
Hiking, Camping, Shopping, Movies, Golfing, Roller Skating, Biking, Ice Skating
- 1 Stephens State Park, 800 Willow Grove St, ☏ . Sunup to Sundown, Office Hours vary by season. Hiking Trails, Fishing, Some Camping (Minimal Facilities), Picnic, Playground, Hunting, Some educational programs for kids in the summer. Historic "Lime Kiln", which was used by early settlers to produce lime, an early industrial and agricultural product. Make sure you wear bug repellent in the summer.
General: Wal Mart and Target are both nearby
Clothes: Kohl's, Marshall's
Hardware: Lowe's, Home Depot, Hometown Hardware
Electronics: Staples, Radio Shack, GameStop
Antiques, etc. on Main St.:
Trinity Thrift Shop
- What in the World (Merchants of Fair Trade), 229 Main St (Right in the Center of Main Street, Route 46, inside the building across from Hometown Hardware), ☏ . Daytime Hours, Closed Monday. Handcrafts from around the Globe. Al & Vicki Kopacka import crafts all over the world. Enjoy the company, and eat at Tu Tierra restaurant next door.
McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Arby's, Wendy's, Boston Market, Applebee's, White Castle all down Mountain Avenue.
Last count was 11 total Pizzerias in Hackettstown and it's immediate surrounding areas.
There are 2 Quick Chek convenience stores (with fast, cheap deli subs and sandwiches, and coffee that's pretty popular), plus several other, smaller convenience stores.
A Starbucks is located in the Target store on Route 46, just over the river in Washington Township.
- Mama's Pizza & Cafe Baci, 260 Mountain Ave (http://www.mamascafebaci.com/directions.html), ☏ , . Su-Th 11AM-11:30PM, Fri & Sa 11AM-12:30AM. Started out in the 1970s as just another struggling Pizza Place. But, over the years, they have grown, and grown, and grown. Catering, Quality Dining, Entertainment on Weekends, Special Events. The service is what stands out. The Schiano family are very generous to the Hackettstown Community. Definitely a Hackettstown institution. WiFi hotspot.
- River Star Diner, 14 State Route 57, ☏ . A classic New Jersey diner on the banks of the Musconetcong river.
- Friendly's (Dining & Ice Cream), 304 Mountain Ave, ☏ . Burgers, Chicken, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - and a lot of Ice Cream
- Dairy Queen, 22 Route 57, ☏ . Daily 11AM to 10PM. Classic Ice Cream - Blizzards, Ice Cream Cakes, Frozen Treats of all kind, and also they have grill food now, too. With picnic tables on the Musconetcong River in the back.
- Golden Skillet Chicken & Stewart's Root Beer, 333 Mountain Ave, ☏ . limited (closed Mondays). Small, family owned, fried chicken fast food joint. Famous for the giant "Golden Skillet" sign and it's witty sayings. Picnic tables are outside right along the beautiful Musconetcong River.
- Brazilian Rodizio, 105 Main St (Across from the Ford Dealer on the north end of Main Street near the railroad tracks.), ☏ . Not yet open
- Irish Pub, Grand Ave. Fall 2012 opening
- Ashley's Restaurant, 229 Main St (Right in the Center of Main Street, Route 46, inside the building across from Hometown Hardware), ☏ . Renamed Tu Tierra - Pleasant Atmosphere Right across the hall from What in the World Crafts Shop.
- Enzo's Pizzeria & Restaurant, 903 High St, ☏ . Serving quality Italian dishes, Enzos is looked upon by many as the best pizza in town.
- Blackstones, 86 US Highway 46, ☏ . Owners of the former Pietro's in Washington Township
- Quick Chek, 146 Mountain Ave, ☏ . Open 24 hours. Convenient store. Services: No-fee ATM, Lottery, Gift Cards. This Quick Chek provides hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea. There is a substation to create a personal sub. Four soup pots. “Make your own milkshake”. Variety of snacks and meals to choose from when on the go.
- Dunkin’ Donuts, a. 170 Mountain Ave, fax: . Open M-Su. Conveniently located in the midst of Hackettstown. 24 hours. On the go. Accepts Dunkin’ Donut card. Serves bakery and beverages only. Smaller Dunkin’ Donuts but does have a small seating area.
- Pandan Room, a. 100 East Moore St, ☏ , fax: . Open Tu-Su. Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM, Sa-Su 11AM-2PM. Dinner: Tu-Su 5PM-10PM. This restaurant serves Thai cuisine. There are traditional Thai soups, appetizers, entrees. Lunch portions a smaller than dinner portions. A quaint restaurant split up into two rooms of dining. The bright colors and festive decorations give the restaurant a wonderful atmosphere. The restaurant offers “Dim Sum” Sa-Su 11AM-2PM. Dim Sum: “Small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate.”
- Fujiyama, 1954 New Jersey 57, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. The restaurant is split up into two separate sections. Upstairs is a dining area and downstairs is used for hibachi. The dining room is open M-Th 11:30AM- 10:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM- 11PM, Su 12PM- 10PM. Closed between 3PM- 4:30PM (Except on Sundays and holidays). Fresh fish daily. A fairly large dining area with a chic and stylish décor. The hibachi grills are located on the first floor and have food being cooked right in front of you. The seating is about eight people per table. Hibachi meals include salad, soup, rice, noodles, shrimp, vegetables, and a choice of different seafood and poultry for the entrée for the Dinner meal. However, the lunch meal contains most of the same components but instead of getting both rice and noodles the customer chooses one or the other. The price of lunch hibachi is significantly less than the price of dinner hibachi. There are also lower prices for children ten and below.
- Bar 46, 94 Rte. 46 W (1.5 miles west of downtown Hackettstown), ☏ . W-Su 6a-2p. Live music on weekends. Open W-Su from 6PM until 2AM. Beer pong every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.
- Marley's Gotham Grill, 169 Main St, ☏ .
- Greene's Beans Coffee, 313 High St, ☏ . Small, independent coffee shop (Cafe') in town. Many locals prefer the atmosphere here to Quick Chek or Dunkin' Donuts.
- Comfort Inn, 1925 Route 57 West, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Panther Valley Inn, Route 517 (Very close to Route 80, exit 19), ☏ . Small, Luxury Hotel, Restaurant & Pub - good proximity to Route 80.
- Stephens State Park. camping: see "do" category above
Emergency Dial 911
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove St. (908) 852-5100
Hackettstown Police Department, 215 Stiger St, (908) 852-3302
24 Hour Pharmacy in nearby Mt. Olive.
Panther Valley does not have hotels it is now an assisted living facility. WiFi wireless hotspots can be found in a few restaurants, including Panera Bread, McDonalds and Mama's Pizza, as well as the town library  on Moore St. and the County Library up the hill in Independence on Route 46.
Pay phones can be found in the following parking lots:
- Al's Quality Cleaners on Mountain Ave.
- Quick Chek on 80-10 Main St (near Stiger St.) on the north end of Main St.
- Alumni Field just off Willow Grove Street near Maple Ave. (closed after dark)
- Outside Sonny's II Pizza on Route 517 in the Crossroads Strip Mall north of M&M Mars.
Heading due West on Route 80, you will reach the Poconos in about half an hour. Route 80 goes on an on all the way past Pittsburgh, Chicago, Des Moines, Salt Lake City and on to San Francisco. To the southwest is the Lehigh Valley in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The best way to get to the Jersey Shore is to take Route 80 or Route 206 to Route 287, and then keep going south to either the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.
Philadelphia can be reached that way, but some people prefer to go out to the Lehigh Valley on Route 78, or Route 22, and then to the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, (S/I 476 South). Definitely consult a good map, though.
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