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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.

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: Tue Mar 17 2015   Later Dates


The land for Stephens State Park was given to the State of New Jersey for park purposes in 1937 by Marsena P. and Augustus W. Stephens. This rugged,

picturesque area includes nearly a mile of the Musconetcong River.

One can trace the roots of the park's history by viewing the old Victorian Homestead and the lime kiln in Stephens State Park.

The Saxton Falls portion of the park, less than a mile upstream, was acquired when the Morris Canal was abandoned in 1922. It includes the dam and the canal guard lock through which canal boats once passed.


Stephens State Park lies along the Musconetcong River and is located 1.5 miles south of Hackettstown on Route 604 (Willow Grove Street) and 7 miles west of Route 206 on Route 604, also known as Waterloo Road.


Stephens State Park offers many recreational activities for both day and overnight visitors.

Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available, many of which are located right along the river.

Designated multi-use trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Jersey Off-Road Bicycle association (JORBA) provides trail maintenance. Stephens State Park is a favorite choice for mountain biking in the area. All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted in the park.

Stephens State Park offers 39 tent campsites, some of which can accommodate RVs, but they must be self-contained as there are no water, sewer or electric hookups available at the park. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. There is also a playground and a playing field in the camping area.

Stephens State Park offers excellent fishing opportunities for the freshwater angler. During the spring and fall, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks the Musconetcong River with brown, rainbow and brook trout. A New Jersey fishing license is required for individuals between the ages of 16 and 70.

Canoeing and kayaking are enjoyable activities, especially when river conditions are favorable.

More than 470 acres of Stephens State Park are open to hunting. Hunting is subject to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Nearby Attractions:

Stephens State Park is just one of many New Jersey State Parks in northern New Jersey. Jenny Jump State Forest, Worthing State Forest, Swartswood State Park and Hopatcong State Park are all under an hour drive.

Waterloo Village, located in Allamuchy Mt. State Park, is approximately 5 miles away. Call Stephens State Park office (908) 852-3790 or go to www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/url to get a schedule of Canal Heritage Days.

There is a Rock Climbing Area located about 5 miles away in Allamuchy Mt. State Park. A waiver for individual climbing, available at the Stephens State Park office or online at www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/url MUST be signed first.

There are many other nearby attractions in Warren, Sussex and Morris Counties.

The nearby Delaware River and Delaware Water gap National Recreation Area also offer many recreational activities for visiting families to enjoy.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bath House
  • Bear-proof Dumpster
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Campground
  • Canoeing
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Hunting
  • Maintenance
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Restrooms
  • River
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Stream/Creek
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Emergency Services
  • Hospital
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Ice Sales
  • Laundry
  • Mall
  • Newspapers
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Town
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lake
  • Motel
  • Rock Climbing
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Theme Park
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Tourist Attraction
Alerts and Important Information

Pets are NOT permitted in this camping facility.

Alcoholic berverages 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, food-related items and toiletries MUST be stored in the trunk of your vehicle at all times. Garbage should be promptly removed from your campsite and secured in the appropriate bear-proof receptacle.

Minimum Age - camping facilities and sites must be reserved by at least one 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, but can be purchased at the office during regular business hours.

Visitors are allowed at the camping facilities between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Quiet hours MUST be observed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Campsites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 nights. The maximum length of stay in a campsite is 14 consecutive nights.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.87028, -74.81639
40°52'13"N, 74°48'59"W

Stephens State Park is located 1.5 miles east of Route 46 in Hackettstown and 7 miles west of Route 206 in Byram.

GPS Coordinates

DMS 40° 52’ 09.06” N 74° 48' 36.00" W

From Route 80 West - Exit 25 - stay to the left to exit onto Route 206 North. At the 2nd traffic light, make a left onto Waterloo Road (Route 604) and travel 7 miles. Entrance is on your left.

From Route 80 East - Exit 19. End of exit ramp, make a left onto Route 517. At the 2nd traffic light, make a left onto Bilby Road. End of Bilby Road make a left onto Willow Grove Street (Route 604). Entrance is on the right less than 1/2 mile.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

800 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown NJ 07840

Phone Number:

Project Office:(908) 852-3790