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Round Valley State Park
ROUND VALLEY STATE PARK
ROUND VALLEY STATE PARK
Round Valley State Park
'Hikers Round Valley State Park'
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Round Valley State Park
'Fall Colors Round Valley Reservoir'
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Round Valley State Park
'Round Valley Reservoir'
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Round Valley State Park
'Round Valley Reservoir Dam'
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Round Valley State Park
'Round Valley Reservoir Beach'
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Round Valley State Park
'Round Valley Reservoir Beach'
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The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.

Round Valley is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. The campers' parking lot is three miles away from the nearest site, reachable by a steep and rugged trail. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months.
Camping
Wilderness: Wilderness family campsites 85 wilderness tent sites with fire rings (no trailers and no vehicle access), drinking water and pit toilets are within walking distance. Access to campsites by boat, canoe, or backpacking. Three-to six-mile hike from parking lot and from most facilities including swimming area. Each family site accommodates up to 6 people. Open April 1 through October 31. $17 per night.

Group wilderness campsites: Eight group wilderness sites with fire rings. Running water and pit toilets are within walking distance. Each group site accommodates up to 25 people. Open April 1 through October 31. $25 per night.
Nearby Accommodations
Holly Thorn House - Whitehouse Station, NJBBs / Inns
A lovely replica of an English country manor home which combines fine old inn-keeping tradition, gracious in every way and lending itself to all seasons. You can enjoy comfortable and serene Queen bedded rooms, furnished with the warmth of antiques, and all with private baths and phones.
3.5 miles from park*
Swimming
Swimming is permitted at Round Valley in the Day-use Area only from Memorial Day through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Swimming is not allowed in the main reservoir. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing areas, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station, and a concession building where food and beach supplies are available for purchase. Grilling is prohibited along the beachfront. There are two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area.
Boating
A public boat launch is located north of the day use area, which is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, motor boats (up to 10 horsepower) and three chambered inflatable vessels are permitted on the reservoir and must be registered through Motor Vehicle if over 12 feet in length. NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Round Valley Reservoir at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

A parking permit must be obtained through the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to access the reservoir at the public boat launch, or a copy of your fishing, hunting or trapping license must be placed on the dash board of your vehicle.


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Picnicking
There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area the visitor will find tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Trails
There are three marked trails at Round Valley: the Cushetunk Trail, which accesses the campsites, the Pine Tree Trail and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail. All trails are accessed from the South Parking Lot within the Day-use Area. Trails are opened year-round. Visitors should plan their trail activities so that they will be out of the park by closing and are reminded to stay on the path. Wandering off causes erosion, damage to vegetation and may, in some areas, result in trespassing onto private property. Fires are not permitted along the trails. Pets must be leashed at all times, and owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Drinking water is available along the lower service road located in the campground.

The nine-mile Cushetunk Trail and the three-mile lower service road are multi-use trails that pass through open and heavily wooded areas. The Cushetunk trail surface is rugged, rocky and steep in places which makes it more suitable for experienced hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Users must follow the same trail back as it ends at the Water Supply Authority's Restricted Area and therefore, has no outlet.

The Pine Tree Trail is approximately a one mile loop and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail is 1/2 mile loop. They pass through pinewoods and are ideal for young children, birdwatchers, and seniors. The Pine Tree Trail connects the day-use area with Division of Fish and Wildlife property.

There is a fourth unmarked water trail that is approximately 1 1/2 miles. You can access it from the campers boat launch area.

There are no trails that completely circle the reservoir.
Area Attractions
Scuba and Skin Diving

Water clarity and rich aquatic life make Round Valley Reservoir one of the best freshwater lakes in New Jersey for scuba and skin diving. Diving is permitted from April 1st through October 31st depending on water conditions. Scuba divers must be certified. All divers are required to register at the area office, have a dive buddy, inflatable vest and a dive flag. Divers must check-in prior to, and checkout after, each dive.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 27 Excessive Park Police
Beware of the NJ State Park Police. Make sure your dogs are leashed. You will be issued a summons!
July 4 Good Park But....
Once the park is full you cannot get in. I am a local resident who invested in a park pass and was still not allowed in once the park was full. I really do feel that local residents within a 5 mile radius should have preferential treatment in order to enjoy the privileges of the park. Taxes here (Hunterdon County) are extremely high with few services provided by the state. The least they could do is allow local residents access to the park (especially if they have a park pass).
July 1 by diana
this is one os the best parks ever, i love it their and so does my family.
January 5 Fun!!! by ruthie62
We love swimming here! My only drawback is the crowds on the weekends! Check out our photos at: http://www.meetup.com/www-mosaic-gny-org/photos/1001353/
May 21 A family place to relax by MILLIE
Our family like to go there because you can swim at the lake and you can have a barbecue picnic as well. You can fish and go to the mountain as well. It is very clean and safe for the children.
August 14 ROUND VALLEY STATE PARK by CYNTHIA MCDONOUGH
PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE DOWN THE PARK. IT IS MAGNIFICENT. I ALWAYS BROUGHT MY CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN THERE. IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND TIME, NOT TO MENTION PICNICING.
July 24 A good place to swim by Joe in Colonia
I would like to find out if this park is still opened. My sister is celebrating her little boys birthday with a couple of relatives (not too many) and we would like to know if its still opened. Thanks
July 7 I love this park
I live in north jersey and the nearest park to me is branch brook. I hate it there. It is destroyed by people and its just land now. Round valley is a great spot to check out if you want to fish,herp,camp,swim..almost anything..
May 19 DO NOT CLOSE THIS PARK by Phil (Monmouth County)
Do not take this away from us. This is one of the great places to enjoy with family and friends. I have been going to this park since it opened.
February 12 Kayaking by Paddlerscove.com
Great place to paddle only 3 miles away from our Store http://www.paddlerscove.com
September 10 why???
why and when is the recreation park closing?
August 13 Childhood Favorite by Ivan
My family would go camping for a week or two during my childhood here. For ten years it was the best part of my summer. I now have a son of my own and was hoping to give hime the same experience and values that I grew up with. This is awful.
June 7 DONT CLOSE THIS PARK!!! by A.C.
This park is one of the best highlights of living in this area!!! My family and I love this park for all of the activities that can be done there.
May 29 So sad
wow... this is such a sad matter, we had no idea it was going to be closed. please, anyone if know how we can stop this from taking place please let us know.. my family and i truly love this place.
May 12 Save The Park by Heather
I go to the park every summer with my kids and the love it! We have been going there for over 10 years now, this is just horrible to do to the people that have made so many memories and fun times there.
April 30 Park Closing
I know how we can keep the park open. Get out there and picket the closing of the parks, join groups already formed, and get rid of Corzine!
April 22 WE NEED TO SAVE THIS PARK!!!!!!! by Bean
April 11 I LOVE ROUND VALLEY! by ellie
Round Valley is AMAZING! If you have and ideas on how to save it, please e mail me at save_round_valley@yahoo.com


Area Campgrounds

Jugtown Mountain Campsite
1074 State Route 173
Asbury, NJ
908-735-5995


Mountain View Campground
131 Goritz Road
Little York, NJ
908-996-2953


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Whistling Swan Inn - Stanhope, NJBBs / Inns
Nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region of New Jersey, the house now known as The Whistling Swan Inn was built in 1905 by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah. Come visit Northwest NJ's finest Victorian Inn Voted Top Ten BB in US by Inn Traveler Magazine
Web Site: whistlingswaninn.com
22.7 miles from park*
Wooden Duck Bed Breakfast - Newton, NJBBs / Inns
A brick patio in ground swimming pool invite guests to step outdoors and enjoy their picturesque surroundings and provide a lovely spot for seasonal breakfasting, sunbathing or just plain relaxing
Web Site: woodenduckinn.com/
28.3 miles from park*
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Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, follow signs to the park.

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