Parks and Outdoor Recreation Map

NJ Division Parks and Forestry

    This Week in the New Jersey Skylands.

    Think Skylands! Northwest New Jersey and destinations just beyond those borders, in Pennsylvania and New York, are equally intriguing and convenient offer brilliant ways to get out and enjoy the pleasures of the season.

  • 03/24/2008 03:49 PM
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  • For a quick guide to many of the region's parks and outdoor resources take a peek at our outdoor destinations map. Click here and there and plan your day!

Federal, State and County Parks in Northwest New Jersey Skylands:

Hunterdon County
Morris County
  • Botanical Spell Along Patriot' s Path
  • Plan to spend a day on this easy path from garden to garden. Get to know the richness and pleasures of their natural and cultivated diversity.

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  • Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
  • A working farm since 1760, and New Jersey's first living, historical farm, features regular events illustrating rural life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    73 Kahdena Rd, Morristown 07962-1295, 973/326-7645

  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • Voted New Jersey's #1 public garden, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is open seven days a week free of charge. The 127-acre property features a large collection of trees and shrubs, themed gardens, the Haggery Education Center, and miles of nature trails.

    353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown 07962 -1295, 973/326-7600

  • Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
  • Open 7 days a week, 9am-4:30pm, the Nature Center houses a reference library, and auditorium, two classrooms, and natural history displays. Hikers are welcome on the two miles of trails through woods, fields, swamps and marshes. Self-guiding trail books are available. Weekend family programing, trail walks, and workshops are scheduled on a seasonal basis. The Center also provides programs for school and scouting groups as well as a children’s summer environmental program at the Kay Environmental Center in Chester.

    247 Southern Blvd., Chatham 07928, 973/635-6629

  • Hacklebarney State Park
  • 890 acres, no camping. Hiking trails, excellent fishing in theBlack River and occasional tours of historic mine area.

    119 Hacklebarney Road, Long Valley 07853, 908-879-5677

  • Morris County Park Commission
  • Operates over 10,000 acres of recreational parklands including 2 arboreta, 3 golf courses, a sports arena, a living historical farm, and a turn-of-the-century operating gristmill.

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  • Pyramid Mountain
  • The story of one of the Northwestern New JerseyŐs largest and more improbable natural treasures, a fist shaped swath of land designated in 1987 as the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, nearly 1,500 acres of wooded terrain dotted with brooks, swamps, glacial deposits, rock outcroppings glens and vistas.

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  • View From the Tourne
  • Rising beyond the eastern shore of the Rockaway River, a Passaic River tributary, stands the Tourne, a modest mountain known for its rocky terrain and spectacular New York skyline views.

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Somerset County
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
  • The canal's route provides a 67 mile, 4,476 acre corridor of recreation and wildlife that invites your pleasure by foot, bike or canoe.

    RD 1, Box 8, Belle Mead 08502, 908-873-3050

  • Environmental Education Center
  • One of three facilities at which the public may access the Great Swamp, the center is host to numerous events during the year and is historically significant as the former residence of Lord Stirling.

    190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge 07920, 908/766-2489

  • Hutcheson Memorial Forest
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  • Leonard J. Buck Garden
  • Once part of the estate of geologist Leonard J. Buck, who created the garden in the late 1930s with landscape architect Zenon Schreiber, the gardens were donated to the Somerset County Park Commission in 1974.

    11 Layton Rd, Far Hills 07931, 908-234-2677

  • Six Mile Run
  • When the Jersey sky hangs white in summer haze, head to the woods at Six Mile Run in Franklin Township, Somerset County; a comfortable trail for all but the infirm, and pretty enough to forget your woes and dip into nature for a while.

  • Somerset County Park Commission
  • Home to 10,000 acres of open space including gardens, golf courses, a riding stable, an environmental education center, tennis facilities, a swim club, paddle boating, and general use facilities. Summer special events include the Free Summer Concert Series and the Fourth of July Family Festival.

    PO Box 5327, North Branch 08876, 908/722-1200

Sussex County
  • High Point State Park
  • 15,413 acres, 50 campsites. The monument marks highest elevation in New Jersey. Beach at Lake Marcia. Cross country ski center. Entrance fee Memorial - Labor Day.

    1480 State Rt 23, High Point , 973/875-4800

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park
  • The 1200 acre linear park includes the Paulinskill Valley and Sussex Branch trails established on abandoned rail beds through Warren and Sussex counties.

    157 Goodale Road, Newton 07860, 973/786-6445

  • Lake Hopatcong State Park
  • Public access to NJ’s largest lake features a large beach area and historical museum at the park. Entrance fee Memorial - Labor Day

    323 Lakeside Blvd, Hopatcong 07843, 973-398-7010

  • Stokes State Forest
  • 15,482 acres, 77 campsites (some with furnished cabins with fireplace and a long waiting list), miles of trails, ravines, and streams, and theNJ School of Conservation. Entrance fee Memorial - Labor Day.

    One Coursen Road, Branchville 07826, 973/948-3820

  • Swartswood State Park
  • Swartswood East Side Rd., (Rt 619), Swartswood 07877, 973/383-5230

  • Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
  • A large 7,500 acre waterfowl habitat along a 9 mile section of the Walkill River. Hiking, birding, fishing, canoeing.

    1547 Route 565, Sussex 07461, 973/702-7266

  • Wawayanda State Park
  • 18,235 acres include a 225 acre lake, boat rentals, fishing. 60 miles of hiking trails including a section of the Appalachian Trail and iron mining era remnants. Fee Memorial - Labor Day.

    885 Warwick Tpk, Hewitt 07421, 973/853-4462

Warren County
  • Big Skylands Country
  • Warren County's Montana Mountain, Merrill Creek Reservoir, and the Pohatcong Valley is equally rewarding for students of history and devotees of the outdoors.

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  • Merrill Creek Rerservoir
  • 650-acre reservoir with 2,000 acre preserve with hiking trails, birding, fishing and boating.

    116G Montana Rd, Washington 07882, 908-454-3339 8831 454-1213

  • Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center
  • Operated by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, the center is located within the 4,000-acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area. There are programs about natural resources, fishing education, and self-guided tours of the trout hatchery.

    605 Pequest Rd., Oxford 07863 -9748, 908/637-4125

  • Pohatcong Native Arboretum
  • Local roots!

    56 Mine Hill Rd, Washington

  • Stephens State Park
  • 805 acres, 40 campsites., Six miles of marked foot, horse and mountain biking trails; some along sections of the historic Morris Canal. Interpretive nature programs.

    800 Willow Grove Rd, Hackettstown 07840, 908/852-3790

  • Worthington State Forest
  • 6421 acres, 69 campsites along Delaware River. Extensive hiking trails through Delaware Water Gap and contiguous with National Recreation Area. Includes Dunnfied Creek and Sunfish Pond.

    Old Mine Road, Columbia 07832, 908/841-9575