New Jersey

Recreation

Featured National, State & Regional Parks

Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park

This 70-mile long corridor connects upland forests and fields, and is home to at least 160 species of birds. As groups traverse the towpath, they will see 19th-century structures. Register for a nature program to learn about local animals and plants, or forestry and orienteering. 145 Mapleton Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540. Mercer County. Tel: 609-924-5705. Free.... More Info

Other Listings

Allaire State Park

4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727. 732-938-2371. Activities/Facilities: canoeing, fishing, Nature Interpretive Center, picnicking, Visitor Center/Museum. Fee/Free.

Hacklebarney State Park

119 Hacklebarney Rd., Long Valley, NJ 07853. 908-638-8572. Activities/ Facilities: charcoal grills, fishing, hiking, picnic tables, and playground in scenic locations along the ravine. Free.

High Point State Park

1480 Rte. 23, Sussex, NJ 07461. 973-875-4800. Two group campsites, accommodate 25 and 35 people each. Fee.

Island Beach State Park

Route 35 S. (Shore Rd.), Seaside Park, NJ 08752. 732-793-0506. A preserved barrier of ten miles of sandy beach, an extensive shoreline along Barnegat Bay, dense maritime forests, rolling sand dunes, and tidal marshes. Home to a variety of wildlife and more than 400 species of plants. Can swim or surf fish on the beach or take a short drive to the boardwalks and beaches of Seaside Heights. Fee.

Jenny Jump State Forest

330 State Park Rd., Blairstown NJ 07844. 908-459-4366. Eleven miles of hiking trails and three miles of hiking /mountain bike trails offer magnificent views of the mountains and scenic Mountain Lake. The Summit Trail, at an elevation of 1,090 feet, offers a view of the Delaware Water Gap and the Pequest Valley. Free/Fee.

Kittatinny Valley State Park

157 Goodale Road, Newton, New Jersey 07860. 973-786-6445. Activities/Facilities: birding, boating/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking. Fee/Free.

Parvin State Park

701 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove, NJ 08318. 856-358-8616. Four group sites; 25 people per site; total capacity: 100. Flush toilets, water, fire rings, picnic tables, one shelter. Located on south shore of Parvin Lake. Other Activities: Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Nature Interpretive Center, Nature Trails, Swimming. Fee/Free.

Ringwood State Park

1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456. 973-962-7031. Activities/Facilities: boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming. Fee/Free.

Round Valley Recreation Area

1220 Lebanon-Stanton Rd., Lebanon, NJ 08833. 908-236-6355. Activities/Facilities: boating, camping, fishing, picnicking (three picnic areas with playgrounds, tables, and grills), swimming. Fee.

Stephen's State Park

800 Willow Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. 908-852-3790. Six miles of marked trails. Also has interpretive nature programs. Free.

Stokes State Forest

1 Coursen Rd., Branchville, NJ 07826. 973-948-3820. Nine group sites with fire rings and picnic tables; capacity varies. Fee.

Voorhees State Park

251 County Rd., Rte. 513, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826. 908-638-8572. Activities/Facilities: fishing, hiking, nature trails, observatory, picnicking, playground. Fee/Free.

Wawayanda State Park

885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421. 973-853-4462. Three group sites with a clivus restroom; Seven person minimum. Water is not available at campsites; it must be carried from the main office building. COST: Fee.