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Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest
Branchville, NJ

In 15,319 acres, there are 77 family campsites, 9 group campsites, 15 lean-tos, 3 lakes, 25 hiking trails. You can swim in Stony Lake, boat in Lake Ocquittunk or fish in Big Flatbrook.

If you like to hike, pick up a map and trail guide at the park office. The Appalachian Trail offers spectacular views as it passes over the top of Sunrise Mountain. The Tillman Ravine natural area is also well worth visiting.

Of the three family campgrounds, Steam Mill, Shotwell and Lake Ocquittunk, Ocquittunk is my favorite because of the streams that run around it. For a group, I prefer site H because it's shaded.

The campsites all have flush toilets. There are cold showers at Stony Lake and high-tech showers at the group sites (each individual shower room has a motion-detector that turns the lights on and off--if you don't move around with sufficient vigor while showering, the lights go off and the water streams down on in you in complete darkness).

Driving directions: Take Interstate 80 West to exit 34B in New Jersey. Then follow New Jersey Route 15 North to New Jersey Route 206 North. The park is on the right side of 206.

To get to the group campsites, turn right from Route 206 at the park office, and drive past the office (that's Coursen Road). Continue until you come to a T and then turn left (that's Kittle Road). When you reach a small roundabout, turn right, go half-way around, and turn right to leave the roundabout. The group campsites are on both sides of this road.

To get the the Lake Ocquittunk family campsites, continue on Route 206 North past the office and turn right on Flatbrook Road. After passing some cabins, turn right on Skellenger Road (there should be signs for Lake Ocquittunk). After Skellenger Road passes Lake Ocquittunk, bear right onto Wappalanne Road. Wappalanne Road leads to the family campsites.

Address: #1 Coursen Rd., Branchville, NJ 07826
Phone: 973-948-3820