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Spruce Run State Park
SPRUCE RUN STATE PARK
SPRUCE RUN STATE PARK
1 Van Syckels Rd
Hampton, New Jersey   08827

Phone: 908-638-8572
Spruce Run State Park
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A dead tree surrounded by lush vegetation

Spruce Run State Park
'SUNSET '

Spruce Run State Park
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Boats out on the reservoir

Spruce Run State Park
'Spruce Run Resevoir Sunset'
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This was taken in October.

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View of the reservoir from the camp grounds

Spruce Run State Park
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Boaters on a Sunfish

Spruce Run State Park
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The reservoir from the Boat Launch Area beach

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A colorful Sunfish out on the reservoir

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A Sunfish resting on the beach

Spruce Run State Park
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A Flying Scot out on the reservoir

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Spruce Run State Park
'Sunset'
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Shot of August sun setting on a calming shore

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Landscape shot of the beach from the sandy shore

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'FOLIAGE'

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'AUTUMN IN THE PARK'

Spruce Run State Park
'SUNSET'

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Some boaters on a Flying Scot headed to the beach area.

Spruce Run State Park
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Spruce Run State Park
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Boats out on the reservoir

Spruce Run State Park
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A fisherman trying his luck in the reservoir from the Boat Launch area

Spruce Run State Park
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A fisherman out in his boat on the reservoir

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Boaters in a canoe with a sail

Spruce Run State Park
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Some boaters on a Sunfish

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Geese on the reservoir - view from the camp ground area

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, Spruce Run Recreation Area is popular with picnickers, swimmers, fishermen, boaters and campers. The reservoir was one of the first water supply facilities to be constructed and operated by the state and covers 1,290 acres with 15 miles of shoreline for recreation. Spruce Run is the third largest reservoir in the state after Round Valley and Wanaque reservoirs.
Camping
Campsites: 67 tent and trailer sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Flush toilets and showers are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31.

The campground is open from April 1st through October 31st for family camping-no group sites are available. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring with attached grill. Modern restrooms with showers are located on either side of the campground. Reservations or walk-ins are accepted. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
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.
9.6 miles from park*
Swimming
From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty, visitors will find a beach complex containing changing areas, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station, and a concession building where food and beach supplies may be purchased. Flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Grilling is prohibited along the beachfront including the posted grassy area. There is a playground and open fields to set up different ball and net games.
Boating
Motor boating (electric and gas-10hp limit), sailing (25 feet in length and 30 feet above the water line height limit), canoe/kayaking, windsurfing. Trailer launch ramp and cartop launch area. Rentals (908-638-8234) available seasonally and boat storage (dry) available year round. Call for information.


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Picnicking
Seven picnic areas spaciously located in wooded and open areas overlooking the reservoir. Includes tables, charcoal grills and restroom facilities. Visitors may bring their own grills in accordance with fire regulations in effect at that time. For larger groups, we also offer the Group Picnic Area. It holds a capacity of 225 people, provides shelter, playground equipment and it may be reserved for a fee.

Group Picnic Cancellation Fee: 50 percent of Fee.

*Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.
Trails
The Highlands Millennium Trail, which will eventually connect the Delaware River to the Hudson River, is approximately 0.91 miles (one way) within the park boundaries. This leisurely hike is not ADA accessible. The park grounds and roadways are excellent areas for other strolling, jogging and biking activities.
Things To Do in the Area
Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
39.5 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 4 Fun by the water by famguy3
Good size lake. Love the boat rentals. Very good price for rentals. Good campsites.
October 28 CAMPING AREA by YAYA
I LOVE IT I HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY,ALOT OF FUN. I STAY FOR THE 4 OF JULY WEEKEND.
August 12 great for even smaller children
this lake is great fo the entire family. you can cook out, even bring your own grill if you prefer to use your own. you can bring your own yard items like balls, play basket ball, go on a boat ride, whatever you enjoy outdoors, and its close to home. and you can go for a quick dip in the lake. its not too big so you can easily see your children playing and there are play grounds all around the park. Excellent, been going there since I was a kid, and now i take my kids to enjoy and have great memories of the lake just like I do..
July 22 Great lake...but not too great bathrooms by arnielynda
Went there camping 2 weekends ago. Lake-side camping was very relaxing. Wish I did not have to use the restrooms/shower rooms though. They really need big time scrubbing.
July 6 Water by X.G
I used to love coming to this lake as a child and it seems that as the years go by the water gets dirtier.
July 5 Average Campsite
Pros: the staff is very friendly and helpful. Campsites are spacious. Especially the ones by the lake. Locate near grocery / restaurants. Cons: Dirty bathroom / showers. Not enough showers also. Sometimes the line is quite long. No noise control after 10:00. Other campers are still makeing so much noises after 12:00 at nite. the water in lake is very muddy. Also, rental fee for canoe / boat is very expensive.
June 26 Boat Rentals by Disgusted
Every summer my husband and I take our kids out to the lake at least three times a month and we rent a boat to go fishing. Last week we were shocked to see that all the boats were in terrible conditions, there were no oars in case the engine blew out, and worst of all, not one boat had an anchor!!! The young man seemed very nonchalant when asked about the anchors. He then tied a cinder block to a piece of rope and gave it to us and siad that was the best he can do! I spent the next 4 hours using a stick to push the boat away from rocks while my husband fished. SIGH!!!
June 20 spruce run park by gthdreyes@aol.com
very nice lake
June 19 by Ted Ibex (Oceanport, NJ)
I brought my grandchildren (6 and almost 3) to the park and spent most of the day. The kids had a great time in the water, the playground equipment, and the ice cream. The facilities are excellent. The staff friendly and helpful. The cost was reasonable - the car was $10 and the people were free. Keep up the good work.
June 15 YEARLY CAMPING 5 YEARS IN A ROW by sydney
LOVE IT CLEAN N FUN FOR THE FAMILY
June 2 by Olga
This is a lovely place to my family and all of our friends and their family either!!!!!!! Very recommended for everyone who like to be on amazing park and fishing!!!!!!
January 5 Wonderful time! by ruthie62
A beautiful park that is less crowded than Round Valley, but the lack of bathrooms is a problem at times. Check out our pictures at: http://www.meetup.com/www-mosaic-gny-org/photos/1028820/
August 26 Not the best place for a family to go by new yorker
First time I went there to camp around 1988. Was very nice and qiet years ago, stopped going there about 8 years ago. To crowded, people are to noisy - loud music from radios, alcohol is prohibited but people still drink it in the recreation area as well as camping area.
August 10 AMAZING by Tehactiv
My family and i have been going to this park since i have been a kid (like 5 or 6)now im 19 and im packing to leave for the park now. We try to go about every year or so and some of my best childhood memories are from Spruce Run. Highly recommended.
August 7 Love this Park
We love this park the only issue we have are the restrooms. They need to be a LOT CLEANER.
July 2 hmm....
its ok...recreation area is great, but water is dirty...took the fun out of swimming :(
May 26 Love it!!! by Janet
My daughter and I spend so much time here during the summer just swimming. Everyday we spend there feels like a little vacation.
April 19 one of our favorite parks
The camping sites were very large, and had amazing views of the lake. I can not wait to go back again... however the bathrooms could of been cleaner, other than that i have no complaints except for the fact that im sad to not be there now.
March 8 The Best Park?lake I ever been in....
I was 18 when I first went there it was the best day ever.. this park is big and beautiful... I want to go again maybe this year...
July 26 One of my favorite park
It is wonderful park. Everything is nice only one suggestion to management or NJ goverment that if you can provide dumster so people can throw garbage.Do not have to take garbage home.
July 5 Letter to the Govenor by john
My family, all from NJ, arranged us to meet at Spruce Run for a holiday reunion. I must complement the local park supervisors as well as your office on the high quality of the park. The facilities were fine, but even more important to me, the staff was excellent. The lifeguards kept things well under control, but were always friendly and courteous while doing so! I was impressed by how diverse a community was using the park. It offers an affordable day out for an entire family in a warm friendly setting. Thanks
July 3 THE BEST by truevibes
we have been going to this park for 9yrs... it is well kept
October 26 OUR PARK SPRUCE RUN. by JIMINELLIE
We have been going to spruce run now for over 11 years beuatiful views great areas for family camping having a bbq and more.. We even took our wedding photos at the park. LOVELY BREATHTAKING VIEWS AND RELAXING WALKS TOO. ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR ..
September 3 Beautiful Facility by BP
From the moment my fiance and entered this park we were hooked. The grounds are a wonderful combination of woods and open fields. The restrooms were very well maintained and park staff are both well versed and friendly.
May 21 Nice place to sail by DenS
We have been sailing on SR for more years than I care to count. An ideal place for the small sailboater. No big power boats or their wakes to contend with. Highly recommended.
April 30 A great park for our annual Car Club BBQ by NJ Charger Group
We had our first annual Car Club BBQ here last year. Was a beautiful location and was great for our 50 members. This year we plan to have it again and we hope to have 100 members attend. We look forward to another great BBQ.
April 27 Great place to enjoy the out doors! by Father n Son from S.I.
I found out about Sprucerun a few years ago been going ever since.live in on staten island.beautiful lake,campsites well kept up breath taking sites right off the lake.park personal excellent always around if you need anything.
April 21 A Retreat from City Life by Allentonian
Far enough from city lights to allow for star gazing around the campfire. A dump station, flushed toilets and showers provide a good level of comfort while preserving a rustic environment and discouraging large rigs.
April 16 Very nice State Park
The lake is beautiful, power boat rentals are available, large sites, no hook ups. The rest rooms could be cleaner.
April 13 Hybrid heavon by Micu2666
I live in Camden County & have been traveling to S/R for the past 10 yrs. The lake side camping is awesome & hybrid striper fishing is the best.


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)
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/
27.1 miles from park*
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
22.6 miles from park*
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Directions
From the intersections of Interstate 78W and Route 31N, follow 31 north to the third traffic light - Van Syckels Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the Park entrance which is on the left.
Area Shopping
Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
39.5 miles from park*

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