Camp at Wawayanda State Park

New Jersey Wawayanda State Park

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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

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Tent
  • Camping gear
  • Canoe/kayak gear
  • Fishing gear
  • Binoculars
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Activities:

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Beach
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Wildlife

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8 months ago

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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.

8 months ago

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