Vernon Township, New Jersey

Camp at Wawayanda State Park

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

A beautiful park, perfect for large groups – explore along the Appalachian Trail, catch sight of a red-shouldered hawk, and go paddling in a glacial lake.

Bring along your friends for this one – the park offers only group campsites, three in all, which can take a range of 15 to 35 people. The sites do not have water on site, but you can haul water from the main office. Rates run between $30 and $50 per night for NJ Residents ($60-100 for non-NJers).

A few good options during your stay include hiking a 20-mile section of the Appalachian Trail to Pinwheel Vista, or heading up to the summit of Wawayanda Mountain for more beautiful views. In all, the park has over 60 miles of hiking trails, accommodating not just hikers, but also mountain bikers and cross-country skiiers, in winter.

Along the shore of the park's glacial lake, Wawayanda Lake, you also can swim, boat, fish, and picnic.

There are great spots for bird-watching within the park, as well – check out the Bearfort Mountain Natural Area for red-shouldered hawks, and the Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area for hawks, owls, and herons.

Photo Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, tciriello and Steven Reynolds

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Tags

Camping
Fishing
Mountain Biking
Kayaking
Swimming
Hiking
Beach
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Wildlife

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Favorite

Always one of the favorite places to hike. There are different trails for different levels of difficulty. Really enjoyed all the wildlife and have even seen bald eagles in the area. The beach area gets a bit busy in the summer but there are many opportunities to go out and get some alone time with nature.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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