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ATTENTION: Wilderness Group Sites 2, 4, 5-8, Wilderness Family Sits 9-46 and 48-85 are all open for camping. They are accessible by hiking in to the site or boating across the reservoir to the site. Access is noted on each site.
CLOSURE DUE TO SANDY AFTERMATH : Group sites 1, 3 and 48 are currently closed due to the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.

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.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.


Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Mar 19 2015   Later Dates


Welcome 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.

The area offers a great example of the diversity in geological transition well known with the Highlands areas. Definitely worth the hike!

Great geological formation along one of our most traveled trail, the Water Trail. Overlook points are available by hiking to them on the Cushetunk Trail.


Round Valley Recreation Area Offers:

Picnicking: Year-round. We do not have reserve-able picnic areas.

Swimming: During the summer season; Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The swimming area is tested regularly for compliance in water quality per the NJ Dept. of Health standards. If the results are not in compliance, we sometimes have to close the swimming area with short notification. Lifeguard staff is sometimes limited which may also cause swimming area closures. We apologize in advance if the swimming area is closed upon your arrival.

Nature Programs: Scheduled programs and programs by request while staffing is available.

Hiking: 4 trails offering easy to difficult hikes. Family Hike and Bike Trail (white trail) is approximately .3 miles. Pine Tree Trail (green trail) is approximately .75 miles. Water Trail (blue trail) is approximately 1 mile. Cushetunk Trail (red trail) is approximately 9 miles. The only trail that loops at Round Valley is the Pine Tree Trail.

Horseback Riding Trail: Cushetunk Trail (red trail) is a 9 mile, multi-use trail. Bring your own horse. Please clean up after your horse.

Mountain Biking Trail: Cushetunk Trail (red trail) is a 9 mile, multi-use trail. Bring your own bike.

Fishing: A fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or less than 70 years of age. Fishing is allowed from the reservoir’s shoreline in the park. Remember to comply with park hours. From your own boat on the reservoir or the reservoir’s shoreline at the NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch. All fishing must comply with the NJ Fish and Wildlife regulations, for regulations and licensing please refer to www.njfishandwildlife.com .

Boating: Boats are restricted to a 10 HP engine on the reservoir. Please use the NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch for recreational boating or fishing from your boat for the day. Boaters need to have a fishing license, trapping license, hunting license or launch permit to use the NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch. For licensing or permits, www.njfishandwildlife.com . Round Valley does not have a towing service for boats. Please be cautious and well prepared if boating on Round Valley Reservoir. Please be aware of the wind warning system and adhere to regulations. 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 and we ask that you please beach your boat at the nearest shoreline.

Sledding: During winter months on the hills.

Cross-country skiing: During winter months on the trails.

Ice-fishing: During winter months on the frozen swimming area and frozen reservoir.

Ice-boating: During winter months on the frozen reservoir.

Deer Hunting: Inquire in park office for dates and times.

Volunteer opportunities available.


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.

Nearby Attractions:

NJ Fish and Wildlife Public Boat Launch for recreational boating/fishing on the reservoir for the day.

Red Mill Museum, Main Street, Clinton, NJ

Hunterdon Art Museum, Lower Center Street, Clinton, NJ

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Historic Sites, Somerville, NJ

Nearby markets: Wal-Mart, Bishops and Kings Supermarkets all on Route 22, Shoprite and Wal-Mart on Route 78 exit 15.

Eateries: Lebanon General Store in the town of Lebanon on Main Street, Pizzeria’s diners and McDonald’s on Route 22.

Concession/Snack Bar on site.

Nearby parks: NJ State Parks – Spruce Run Recreation Area, Voorhees State Park and Hackelbarney State Park. Hunterdon County Parks – Deer Path Park and Echo Hill Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bath House
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact station
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Kiosk
  • Lake
  • Lifeguards (seasonal)
  • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Nature
  • Recreation Programs
  • Reservoir
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, snacks
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkling
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Trash/Recycling Receptacles
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, Reservoir
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wind Warning Light
  • camping, backcountry
Within 10 Miles
  • Arboretum
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Cultural Activities
  • Fruit/Produce Picking
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Dump Station
Alerts and Important Information

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. There is no limit to the number of vehicles in overnight parking. 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):
40.62276, -74.85504
40°37'22"N, 74°51'18"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road
Lebanon NJ 08833

Phone Number:

Information: (908)236-6355