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PARKS | CAMPGROUNDS & REC AREAS | OTHER LOCATIONS

 

 

New Jersey has hundreds of thousands of acres dedicated to parks and green spaces.  The state oversees 39 state parks, 11 forests, and 57 historic sites. These locations provide visitors and New Jersey residents alike many great opporunities to enjoy all that nature has to offer.


PARKS

 

For additional information on any of the state-owned parks, please visit www.state.nj.us or www.nj.gov. For additional information on any of the national parks or forests, please visit www.nps.gov. Additional websites are listed below.

 

Liberty State Park

On the Jersey City waterfront, with some of the best views of Manhattan, is Liberty State Park. You can bike or walk along the scenic waterfront Libery Walkway, or take a ferry to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty!
The Liberty State Park  is on the New York Harbor.  The waterfront was a major industrial area, with a very detailed freight and passenger network in the 1800's and early 1900's.  The Park also features the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal that includes a two-mile promenade. It attracts over four million visitors a year. The park has also aided in the development of New Jersey's metropolitan area. Transforming old railroads and industial buildings into this park in 1976 has definitely been a positive thing for this area.
Morris Pesin Dr.
Jersey City
(201) 915-3403
www.libertystatepark.org

Morristown National Historical Park

General George Washington used this site during the Revolutionary war in the late 1700's for shelter.  This national parks consists of four units: Washington's Headquaters with the Ford Mansion and  Museum,  the Jockey Hollow Unit, the Fort Nonsense Unit, and the New Jersey Brigade Area. The Jockey Hollow Unit includes reconstructed solder huts and about 27 miles of walking trails. The Washington's Headquarters Museum is undergoing a major expansion project that is scheduled to be reopened in 2007.   The Fort Mansion Unit was used by Washington; the whole site is a very important part of U.S. history.
30 Washington Pl.
Morristown
(973)539-2085

New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

The Pinelands is a special place that provides a habitat for over a thousand different plants and animals, including about 100 of which are threatened or endangered. As a United States Biosphere, this national reserve also provides a research program that integrates the social, physical and biological sciences so that it can promote a harmonious relationship between humans and their environment.  They are promoting growth and looking for more room to expand.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Along with more than 244 species of birds, fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs, plants and flowers make their home here. The Swamp is actually a remnant of a glcial lake from 15-11k years ago. Lord Stirling Park, located at the southwest perimeter of the refuge, offers hiking trails including boardwalks and nature exhibits.
152 Pleasant Plains Rd.
Basking Ridge
(973) 425-1222
www.fws.gov

Kittatinny Valley State Park

Located right in Andover, Kittantinny Valley State Park offers lots of opportunities for year 'round fun! Hike or bike its nature trails to view glacial lakes and a wide variety of wildlife. Ice fish in Gardner's Pond, Twin Lakes or White's Pond. Dog sled, horseback ride or hunt in specially permitted areas. So much to do so close to home!
Andover NJ
(973)786-6445

Jenny Jump State Forest

Located nearby in Hope, NJ, Jenny Jump offers hiking among glacial boulders, camping during the Summer, and the Greenwood Observatory, open for your stargazing pleasure Saturday nights April through October!
Hope,NJ
(908)459-4366
www.njskylands.com

Stephens State Park

Just a stone's throw away, you'll find Stephens State Park, where there are six miles of marked trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Stocked with trout, the Musconetcong River provides great fishing here. Camp in tents or small trailers April 1 - Oct 31. Enjoy the free Spring and Summer Interpretive Nature Programs! Calendar of events available on state park website.
800 Willow Grove St.
Hackettstown NJ
(908) 852-3790

Stokes State Forest

Nearby and on 15,482 natural acres lis Stokes State Forest. Hike, bike, horseback ride or drive to the top and take in the breathtaking vistas--- pastoral farmlands in one direction and undeveloped forests and mountains in the other. Stokes offers a variety of camping options along with opportunity to fish, hunt, picnic, swim and boat in the warmer months, and to snowmobile, cross-country skii and ice fish in the Winter.
1 Coursen Rd.
Branchville
(973) 948-3820

Hacklebarney State Park

119 Hacklebarney Rd.
Long Valley NJ
(908)638-6969

High Point State Park

The highest point in NJ at 1803 feet, located right in Montague, Sussex County! Standing at the peak is a monument commemorating the war dead. The 14, 193 acre park offers swimming,hiking, cross-country skiing, camping and educational programs. Fees: only Memorial Day to Labor Day $5 weekdays; $10 weekends.
1480 State Route 23
Sussex NJ
(973) 875-4800

Swartswood State Park

The first state park established by the State of NJ, Swatswood State Park offers the opportunity for year 'round recreational fun. Swim, fish, sailboat (no gas motors allowed); camp, bike, hike or horseback ride. Enjoy winter skating, ice fishing, sledding and cross-country skiing. So much so close to home!
Swartswood NJ
(973) 383-5230

Hopatcong State Park

With Lake Hopatcong lying in its center, Hopatcong State Park offers swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking and play fields for a variety of sports.
Lake Hopatcong NJ
(973)398-7010
www.lkhopatcong.com

Washington Crossing State Park

Honoring Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware, the park is filled with historic sites and exhibits. Great for a day trip, the Park also offers camping and opportunities for picnicking, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing. Most activities and sites are free.
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road,
Titusville NJ
(609) 737-9303
www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing

Ramapo State Forest
Ringwood State Park

Located in Bergen and Passaic Counties, the Ramapo State Forest consists of 4200 acres offering hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing (and ice fishing), birdwatching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking.  Open daily, 8am-8pm
Located on 5000 acres in Passic County, Ringwood State Park is home to Skylands Manor, Shepherd Lake Recreation area and Ringwood Manor. Skylands Manor, a 44 room Jacobean mansion built in the 1920s, offers tours one Sunday per month, March through November. The Skylands Manor Gardens are the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens. (http://www.njbg.org) A true botanical showplace, you can view the gardens year 'round, 8am-8pm. Or host a party in the beautiful surroundings: contact Frungillo Catering by calling (973) 962-9370. Ringwood Manor, home of a America's foremost ironworker in the 19th century, is open for tours Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm.
1304 Sloatsburg Rd.
Ringwood NJ
(973) 962-7031
www.RingwoodManor.com

Sandy Hook Park

The Sandy Hook Park includes 1665 acres and seven miles of ocean and bay beaches and offers tours, hiking and natural areas. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, which is the oldest in service in the U.S., is also a big part of Sandy Hook Park and has a unique style.  The historic Fort Hancock, which was originally built to protect New York Harbor, defended the harbor from 1895 until 1974.  The large sandbar also used to provide a useful docking station for ships in the past.  Its an isolated area with many old buildings to explore.  There is much to see here, so plan a day trip.
www.sandy-hook.com

Island Beach State Park

One of the largest undeveloped barrier islands in the United States, Island Beach State Park Includes 659 acres open to the public and the Sedge Island Conservation zone. Walk over dunes, swim, fish in the surf, or kayak & fish in the marshes, creeks & ponds. You can even 4 wheel drive on the beach if you have a permit!
Seaside Park NJ
(732)793-0506
www.islandbeachnj.org

Worthington State Forest

Part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area, Worthington State Forest offers boating and fishing on the Delaware, hiking the Appalacian Trail, and camping in tents or trailers. Interpretive programs are offered seasonally.
Columbia, NJ
(908) 841-9575


CAMPGROUNDS & REC AREAS

 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Encompassing 70,000 acres along the shores of Pennsylvania & NJ, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is perfect for day trips or overnight camping! Hike 27 miles of the Appalacian Trail in the park or take a day trip by car and visit gorgeous scenery including the 'Gap'--where the Delaware cuts through the Appalacian Mountain range, waterfalls at Dingmans Falls or Childs Park, and visit historic Millbrook Village. Canoe, camp, swim, picnic, kayak, bicycle, cross country ski, horseback ride, raft & tube in the extensive park! Fishing and hunting are also available in season with proper licensure.
Millbrook Village hosts all kinds of interesting events throughout the year.
River Rd. Bushkill, PA
(570)588-2451

Delaware River Family Campground

100 Rt. 46 / PO Box 142,
Delaware, New Jersey 07833
Office: (908) 475-4517 | Reservations (800)543-0271
www.njcamping.com/delaware

Kymer's Camping Resort

Camp in nearby Branchville! At Kymer's Resort you can hike the Appalacian Trail or swim in the Olympic sized pool or kiddy pool. Enjoy the adult hot tub, tennis courts, basketball court; minigolf, game room or playground. Bring your trailer or rent a cabin. For planned events, please see: NJCcamping.com
69 Kymer Road,
Branchville, NJ 07826
Office: (973) 875-3167
Reservations: (800) 526-2267
www.njcamping.com/kymers

Sun Air Campground

Tent and RV sites on 105 acres with lake, sports, wildlife watching.
Daily, weekly,monthly and seasonal rates.
Oak Ridge, NJ
(973) 697-3489
www.sunairlakesidecamp.com

Panther Lake Camping Resort

Panther Lake Camping Resort- located soooo close to home - offers fishing, boating and swimming on its 45 acres lake, along with an Olympic sized pool (which you can join on a seasonal basis), playground, game room & rec hall, tennis court, basketball court, shuffleboard,& mini-golf. Bring your own trailer or rent a cabin. For a planned event schedule, please see: NJCamping.com
6 Panther Lake Road,
Andover, NJ 07821
Office: (973) 347-4440
Reservations: (800) 543-2056
www.njcamping.com/panther

Round Valley Recreation Area

The Round Valley Recreation area features the 2000 acre Round Valley Reservoir. Home to many different species of fish, it attracts many fisherman, along with swimmers, scuba- and skindivers, boaters, and campers. In the Winter, enjoy sledding and cross country skiing. Wildernest enthusiast? Round Valley is one of only a handful of parks that offers wilderness camping.
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Rd.
Lebanon NJ
(908)236-6355

Spruce Run Recreation Area

1 Van Syckle's Corner Rd.
Clinton NJ
(908) 638-8572 or (908) 638-8573


OTHER LOCATIONS

 

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Surrounding the Frelinghuysen colonial revival mansion, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum features nature trails with labeled trees and shrubs.
53 E. Hanover Ave. Open Daily with Free Admission.
Morristown
(973) 326-7600
www.morrisparks.net

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian Mountains stretch across the eastern seaboard from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail, opened in 1937, is a 2174-mile footpath.  It follows major valleys of the mountains and up along the ridge crests. The trail attracts many hikers, some even hike the entire tail in one season. Each year more than 4,000 volunteers give over 185000 hours of time and effort to keep the trail open.
www.nps.gov/appa

Ellis Island

This historic site is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. It features a museum that is dedicated to the importance of the island for a trip through American history as well as the infamous Statue of Liberty. The museum provides a documentary film on a continuous basis as well as a research library that contains materials of the history of the island and the events occurred there.  Officially closing in 1954 and becoming part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965.  Come here and see the sights like they were all those years ago.
www.ellisisland.com

Jersey Shore

The famous Jersey Shore runs along the New Jersey coastline, imagine 127 miles of white sandy beaches. Here visitors can enjoy water activities, sand sculpting, and even nature walks in the protected wetlands.  There is so much to see no matter what the weather is like. Amusement parks, aquariums, antiques, train stops, galleries, raceways, cruises, zoos...the list goes on and on.  Walk along the boardwalk and see the sights.
www.virtualnjshore.com
www.newjerseyshore.com

Manasquan

Manasquan includes pristine beaches and many great activities for family outings.  The historic site was first settled in the late 1600's.  The weather is ideal almost all year round, which makes this location the perfect destination any time of the year.  There are rental cottages, sports, and a little town nearby for shopping and eating. There is even a museum to explore the location's history.  The town prides itself on its high moral standards and excellent community.
www.manasquan-nj.com

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