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ATTENTION ALL CAMPERS : EFFECTIVE JULY 8TH - Campers will only be allowed to access available campsites 48-85 BY BOAT due to the removal of trees. A contractor will have equipment and machinery at campsites 1-47. Campers will not be allowed to hike to the sites. For your safety, we ask that you please comply. We strongly urge that if windy weather is expected that customers do not camp as Round Valley can not provide assistance to or from campsites. If you have further questions please contact the park office. We apologize for any inconvenience.
CLOSURE DUE TO SANDY AFTERMATH : CAMPSITES 1-47 AT ROUND VALLEY REC. ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE AFTERMATH OF SUPER STORM 'SANDY'. CAMPSITES 48-85 ARE ALL OPEN NOW.
ATTENTION: Family Sites 13 thru 16, 19, 22, 23, ,26, 28, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 thru 48 thru 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60 thru 63, 65, 66, 69 thru 74, 76, 79, 83, and Groups 1, 3, 5, 7 are only accessed by Hike-In, Boat-In, Motor Boat-In or Paddle-In. All other sites are accessible by Hiking-In.
ROUND VALLEY RA, NJ
DescriptionWelcome to Round Valley Recreation Area, also home of Round Valley Reservoir, second deepest lake in the state.
Round Valley Rec. Area is one of the few NJ State Parks to offer a back-packing camping experience as the sites are only accessible by hiking or mountain biking 3 to 6 miles, or boating across the reservoir to the campsites. No vehicle access to campsites.
Round Valley currently does not have any equipment rentals, campers need to bring all of their own equipment. We do not provide a boat rental service.
Campsites are located at the eastern end of the reservoir. We offer 85 wilderness campsites; 8 are group wilderness sites and 77 are family wilderness sites. Each site is a secluded clearing in the woods and has a fire ring with a grill attached to it for cooking. Drinking water is sometimes available, but we recommend you bring your own drinking water in case the wells are not available. Restrooms are very primitive (no flushing water) and showers are not available. Trash boxes are available at each restroom.
Swimming is prohibited in the reservoir and campsites.
The trail leading to the campsites is very steep, rocky and windy in some areas; not recommended for very small children or the elderly. The distance from the campers’ parking lot to the campsites is 3 to 6 miles depending on the site the camper reserves.
Campers boating to their campsites need to be aware of the wind warning system. The wind warning system is activated when winds reach 20-25 mph. The wind warning system consists of 4 strobe lights; one at each dam, one at the NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch and one at the middle of the campgrounds. If any one of the 4 strobe lights turns on, boating is prohibited. Campers need to wait until the winds calm. If the winds persist and the system is on, then campers need to be prepared to hike back to or from their sites as Round Valley Recreation Area does not provide a transportation service for campers or a towing service for boats.
Boats are restricted to a 10 HP engine on the reservoir.
All campers, with reservations or walk-ins, need to check-in at the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up their overnight parking permit before leaving to the campgrounds. Registration is permitted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Campers are not allowed to check-in or go camping without checking-in after 4 p.m.
The staff at Round Valley Recreation Area hopes to provide you with a safe and enjoyable stay and visit! Hope to see you soon!
The Cushetunk Mountains lie on a bed of igneous rock in Round Valley Recreation Area at the east end of the lake rising 500 feet above the shoreline and 834 feet above sea level. The Cushetunk Trail leads you to the Cushetunk Mountains providing hikers and horseback riders with a scenic view of the surrounding area and the reservoir.
Round Valley Recreation Area Offers:
Camping facilities are wilderness sites and therefore very primitive. The sites are secluded clearings in the woods with very few amenities. Available at the campsites are fire-rings with grills attached to them, outhouses for restrooms (no flushing water), trash boxes near each restroom, and drinking water hand pumps when wells are available to the public. Showers are not available at campsites. Pets, alcoholic beverages and chainsaws are prohibited at the campsites.
NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch for recreational boating/fishing on the reservoir for the day.
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Alerts and Important InformationIN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR NJ STATE PARK POLICE AT 1-877-927-6337.
PETS AND ALCOHOL ARE PROHIBITED ON THE CAMPGROUNDS. Have your equipment with you and be ready to camp when you register. Make and license plates of all vehicles staying overnight must be provided at registration. Groups camping please provide a roster at registration with name, address, phone number and driver’s license for each individual staying overnight.
OCCUPANCY - Limited to 6 individuals per family wilderness campsites. Minimum of 7 and maximum of 25 individuals per group wilderness campsites.
AGE REGULATIONS - Campsites must be registered and occupied by a person 18 years of age or older.
QUIET HOURS - From 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. strictly enforced. Violators of this policy may be evicted.
GENERATORS and CHAINSAWS - Prohibited at the wilderness campsites.
FIRES - All fires need to comply with the NJ Forest Fire regulations are to be built in the fire rings provided at each campsite. Only dead and down wood may be used for fuel. May use a hand saw to cut wood already lying on the ground. No chainsaws are allowed in the park, and cutting down trees, alive or dead is prohibited.
The beach is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day as long as lifeguards are available and on duty. The snack bar and all beach equipment rentals are available during these hours.
Each year the park makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.
There are bears in the area. Please keep a clean campsite. Use trash boxes locate near each restroom/outhouse and do not leave food out. Please tie food and toiletries up on a tree away from your site and tent.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From East: Route 78 West to Exit 20A. At the traffic light turn right for 22 West. Follow signs for Round Valley Recreation Area, cross Route 22 taking Round Valley Access Road. Park entrance is on the left approximately 2 miles.
From Trenton: Route 31 North make a right onto Route 618. At stop sign make a left onto 629. Park entrance is on right.
Mailing Address:ROUND VALLEY RA
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road
Lebanon NJ 08833
Phone Number:Information: (908)236-6355