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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.

STOKES STATE FOREST, NJ

Photo: STOKES STATE FOREST
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Mar 16 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Forested mountains, clear freshwater streams and scenic vistas characterize Stokes State Forest. Stokes is located along 12 miles of the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, northwest of Branchville in Sussex County. The Appalachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. In addition to the 12.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, there are more than 33 miles of marked trails within Stokes State Forest. Trails vary in length and difficulty. Stokes State Forest has camping areas that vary from wooded and secluded to open field sites for larger groups.

Geography:

Elevations within the forest range from 420 feet above sea level near the southern boundary to 1,653 feet above sea level atop Sunrise Mountain. The park also has a “Geology Interpretive Trail” which shows the impacts that glaciers had on the area. “Kettles” and large stones left from the glacier can be seen. Two unique rock and water features in the park include Stepping Stone Falls and Tillman’s Ravine.

Recreation:

Stokes State Forest is a great place for outdoor activities throughout the entire year. There are 33 miles of hiking trails leading to scenic views and waterfalls, including 12.5 miles on the Appalachian Trail. A truly beautiful hike at Tillman’s Ravine takes you through a hemlock forest and crosses over the stream and through unique rock formations. Camping at a tent site, lean-to or cabins are also very popular. There is swimming at Stony Lake between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You can picnic at scenic Kittle Field or Stony Lake. Boating is permitted at Lake Ocquittunk or Stony Lake. Stokes is also a great place to go hunting or fishing, and the “Flatbrook” is one of the best trout fishing locations in the State. Be sure to check out the autumn colors and drive the loop up to Sunrise Mountain. Sunrise Mountain is also a good place to watch the Hawk migration in spring and fall. In the winter months when conditions permit, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are allowed on the trails and Ice-skating on the lakes.

Facilities:

Stokes State Forest has four camping areas. The Lake Ocquittunk campground has 26 family sites and 13 cabins and many of the sites are either on the lake or next to the babbling Flatbrook river. The amenities at this location include; showers, flush restrooms, and dumpsters. The Shotwell camping area contains 29 family sites and 9 lean-tos. The amenities at this location include; flush restrooms, pit toilets and dumpsters. The Haskins area has 9 group sites, which can accommodate groups up to 65 people. The amenities at this location include; showers, flush restrooms and dumpsters. If you are looking for a more primitive and wilderness experience then one of the 27 campsites at Steam Mill area is the place for you! The only amenities at this location are pit toilets. All areas have running potable water.

Nearby Attractions:

Buttermilk Falls located in the Delaware Water Gap National Park.
High Point State Park
Historic Milford, PA
Kittatinny Canoes
Peter’s Valley Craft Center
Shopping at Lafayette Village and Antiques
Space Farms Museum and Zoo
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Swartswood State Park
The Walpack Inn

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Ball Field
  • Bath House
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing Lake
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • LODGING, CABINS
  • LODGING, GROUP FACILITIES
  • Lifeguards (seasonal)
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trash/Recycling Receptacles
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Waterfall
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Art & Museum
  • Bait
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Convenience Store
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fruit/Produce Picking
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Ice Sales
  • Interpretive Center
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Propane
  • RETAIL, DRINKS
  • RETAIL, SUPPLIES
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, snacks
  • Swimming - River
  • Town
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Mall
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
  • Rentals, Boats, Kayaks
  • Water Slides
Alerts and Important Information

Alcohol is prohibited in all New Jersey State Parks.


No pets allowed in the overnight facilities.


Quiet hours are observed from 10:00pm to 6:00am.


Camping facilities must be reserved by someone at least 18 year old, who shall occupy and be responsible for the facility during the rental period.


Black bears are present in New Jersey. During your stay, all coolers, food and anything with a scent must be kept in the closed trunk of your vehicle at all times. Garbage should be promptly removed from your campsite and put in the appropriate trash receptacle.


Firewood is not provided at the campsites, cabins or lean-tos but can be purchased at the park office.


Horseshoe pits are now located in all Haskins group sites, Stony Lake and Lake Ocquittunk. Please bring your own horseshoes and stake.


CAMPSITES

Tent sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 nights. The maximum length of stay for a campsite is 14 consecutive nights. Check-in is 12:00pm (noon) and check-out is 12:00pm (noon).


LEAN-TOS

Lean-to sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 nights. The maximum length of stay for a lean-to is 14 consecutive nights. Check-in is 2:00pm and check-out is 11:00am.


Tents are NOT permitted at the Cabin or Lean-to sites.

GROUP CAMPSITES

Group campsites may be reserved for a minimum of 1 night. The maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive nights. Check-in is 12:00pm (noon) and check-out is 12:00pm (noon).


CABINS

Cabins are a 2 night minimum rental before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Cabins are a 7 night minimum rental. The maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive nights. Check-in is 3:00pm and check-out is 11:00am.

Tents are NOT permitted at the Cabin or Lean-to sites.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.18564, -74.79569
41°11'8"N, 74°47'44"W

From Route 80 West, take Exit 34B to Route 15 North. Stay on Route 15 for 18 miles until you reach Route 206 North. The entrance is 6.8 miles north on Route 206 on the right.


From Route 209 South take the Milford Bridge over the Delaware River to Route 206 South. The entrance is 9 miles south on Route 206 on the left.


GPS COORDINATES:

DMS 41 11'07.85"N 74 47'45.10"W

GPS Address:

1 Coursen Road, Sandyston, NJ 07826

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

STOKES STATE FOREST
1 Coursen Road
Branchville NJ 07826

Phone Number:

Information: (973) 948-3820