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Stokes State Forest
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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.
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.
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.
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
Campground street address: 1 Coursen Rd
City: Sandyston
campground web address: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...ks/stokes.html
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