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SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK, NJ
DescriptionWelcome to New Jersey’s first State Park. Since 1914, Swartswood State Park has been a landmark destination for outdoor recreation and leisure activities. Swartswood Lake is the park’s main attraction, welcoming visitors from all around to its calm waters for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and swimming. Overnight facilities and trails are within walking distance of the lake. With the exception of swimming and camping, Little Swartswood Lake offers all the same opportunities in a smaller setting. Whether you prefer land or water, winter or summer, the park is open year-round with something for everyone.
Swartswood State Park is located in Northwest New Jersey in the Ridge and Valley region of Sussex County, five miles west of Newton. The formation of Swartswood Lake began more than 10 million years ago when the limestone and dolomite beneath the valley floor began to dissolve, causing the creation of sinkholes and caverns. Eventually, Swartswood Lake was created as retreating glaciers eroded and scoured the area over 10,000 years ago.
Swartswood State Park provides opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation including camping, swimming, fishing, boating (electric motors only), picnicking, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hunting, ice fishing and horseback riding (near-by). For some, just relaxing and enjoying the scenery is enough.
For your convenience, restroom facilities, showers, changing areas and first aid station are located near the beach. The food concession stand is also located within our beach area complex. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, the concession sells food, refreshments and basic supplies.
Swartswood State Park is just one of many New Jersey State Parks in Sussex County. High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, Kittatiny Valley State Park and Worthington State Forest are all within an hour drive.
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Alerts and Important InformationPets are not permitted in any camping facilities.
Alcohol beverages are not permitted in any New Jersey State Park Service area.
Black bears inhabit the area. All food and coolers must be stored in vehicles at all times.
Firewood is not provided but it can be purchased at the park office.
Vehicle Limit — No more than two vehicles (including trailers) may be parked at a camping facility. For a $5.00 fee, additional vehicles may be parked in our visitor parking area.
Visitors are allowed at camping facilities between 8 am and 8 pm. All visitors must pay day-use parking fees. The number of visitors may be restricted.
Quiet hours are observed between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Water, electric and sewer hook-ups are not provided at campsites.
Generators are not permitted as a courtesy for all campers. Campsites were designed primarily for tent camping.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Rt. 80, (West from NY or East from PA) take exit 25, Rt. 206 North to Newton, about 12 miles. From Newton, Make a left at the 2nd traffic light (Rt. 206 and Spring St.) then make a left at the next light on Rt. 519 North. Follow Rt. 519 North for approximately ½ mile to the next light and make a left on Rt. 622 at Sussex County College sign. Follow Rt. 622 for 4 ½ miles. Turn Left on Rt. 619. The park entrance is 1 mile south on Rt. 619.
GPS Address: Swartswood State Park 1091 East Side Rd. Newton NJ
DMS 41 04’ 25.7” N 74 49’ 07.62” W
Mailing Address:SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK
PO Box 123
Swartswood NJ 07877
Phone Number:Information: (973)383-5230