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New Jersey's Free Fishing Days:
Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014. Free fishing days are held annually in New Jersey to provide an introduction to freshwater fishing within all public waters. This is a perfect time for families to get out and enjoy two days of fun for free. No fishing license or trout stamp is needed, but all other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.
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TRANSACTION FEE FOR 2014:
Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK, NJ

Photo: KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Mar 21 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Few places, so accessible to metropolitan visitors, offer such rewarding opportunities for the observation, quiet contemplation and enjoyment of nature as Kittatinny Valley State Park. In Andover Township, Sussex County. A pleasant hike along its miles of rail trails opens the significant mineral and transportation heritage of the Highlands and Kittatinny Valley to explore. Kittatinny Valley State Park preserves a rock-ribbed hemlock and Hardwood forest, set amidst more than 1,400 acres of fields, freshwater wetlands, glacial lakes, and vernal pools In this scenic spur of the Great Appalachian Valley. The park is home to Aeroflex-Andover Airport.

Geography:

Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings.

Recreation:

Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking on Lake Aeroflex, which covers 117 acres. This is the deepest,natural lake in the State of New Jersey. It is stocked with trout on a regular basis. Gardener’s Pond, White’s Pond, and Twin Lakes are smaller and shallower lakes (only walk in access).

Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding is available on the Sussex Branch and Paulinskill Valley Trail.

Some trails are also wheelchair accessible. Cross Country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding are available seasonally.

Various Interpretive programs, and hunting in designated areas.

Picnicking.

3 Group Sites

Facilities:

Interpretive center

Butterfly garden

Lake Aeroflex, White’s Ponds, Gardener’s Pond, and Twin Lakes

Aeroflex-Andover Airport

Nearby Attractions:

Mini-golf, bowling, movie theatre, antiquing, and Wild West City

Swartswood State Park, Hopatcong, and Stephen State Park

Historic Waterloo Village

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • BICYCLING
  • Bird Watching
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Sunbathing
  • TRAILS , BICYCLE
  • TRAILS, HIKING, MODERATE
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Information/Contact station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Programs, Nature
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Antiquing
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Power
  • Canoeing
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • DINING
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Emergency Services
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fruit/Produce Picking
  • Motel
  • Propane
  • Putt-Putt
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • Rentals, Boats, Kayaks
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, snacks
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • CHURCH
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Park Lake
  • River/Stream
  • SWIMMING-PARK LAKE
  • Shopping
  • Skiing - Water
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Area Attraction
  • CULTURAL SITES / EXHIBITS
  • Cultural Activities
Alerts and Important Information
  • Pets are NOT permitted in any camping facilities.

  • Alcoholic Beverages are NOT permitted in any New Jersey State Park Service Area.

  • Black bears are present in New Jersey. During your stay at the park, all coolers and food-related items must be stored in the trunk of your vehicle at all times. Garbage should be promptly removed from your campsite and put in the appropriate trash receptacle.

  • Minimum Age – camping facilities and sites must be reserved by at least 1 person 18 years of age or older, who shall occupy and be responsible for the facility or site during the rental period.

  • Firewood – Firewood is not furnished at campsites or cabins, but can be purchased at the office during business hours.

  • Visitors are allowed at camping facilities and cabins between the hours of 8:00am – 8:00pm.

  • Quiet hours are observed between 10:00pm – 6:00am.

  • GROUP CAMPSITES - May be reserved for a minimum of 1 night up to a 14 night maximum length of stay. If a camper arrives during office hours, he or she must check in at the main office. If the campers arrive after office hours, they must check in the next morning.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.01639, -74.74389
41°0'59"N, 74°44'38"W

To the park office: From Route 80, take Route 206 north approximately 8 miles through Andover Borough. Turn right onto Goodale Road and follow it approx. 1 mile to the park entrance on the right.

GPS Coordinates in DMS
Latitude: 41° 00’ 58.68” N
Longitude: 74° 44' 38.10" W

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK
199 Goodale Road
Newton NJ 07860

Phone Number:

Information: (973)786-6445

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Summer Solstice 5 Mile Run, Chili Challenge, and Thunder Run (half marathon). An exact Date will be announced later for the 2014 Camping Season. At this time Dates approximate dates are October 5th and November 9th, 2014. on Oct 05 2014
  • Summer Solstice 5 Mile Run, Chili Challenge, and Thunder Run (half marathon). An exact Date will be announced later for the 2014 Camping Season. At this time Dates approximate dates are October 5th and November 9th, 2014. on Nov 09 2014