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Skylands Region
Stephens State Park
STEPHENS STATE PARK
STEPHENS STATE PARK
800 Willow Grove St.
Hackettstown, New Jersey   07840

Phone: 908-852-3790
Reservations: 908-852-3790
Stephens State Park
'Stephens State Park'

Near the entrance to Stephens State Park.

Stephens State Park
'Stephens State Park'

Facilities at park

Stephens State Park
'Walkway'

Walkway up to camping area at Stephens State Park.

Stephens State Park
'Welcome Center'

Welcome center at Stephens State Park

Stephens State Park
'Stephens State Park'

Picnic area overlooking river.

Stephens State Park
'Limestone Kiln'

Limestone Kiln used in 19th century.

Stephens State Park
'Entrance To Stephens State Park'

This is the entrance to Stephens State Park

The Musconetcong River, an excellent freshwater fishing spot, flows over and around boulders through Stephens State Park. An easy walking, but rocky path follows the river with places for picnicking in shaded areas.
History of the Area
Less than one mile east along Waterloo Road at Saxton Falls are the remains of one of the Morris Canal's twenty-three locks and a section of the old canal's towpath. The original canal was 90 miles in length, stretching from Newark to Phillipsburg, and was used to ship coal and iron across the state. However, the canal could not compete with the development of the Morris and Essex Railroad in the late 1800s, and the canal was eventually abandoned.
Camping
Campsites: Forty tent and small trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31.
Nearby Accommodations
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
10.4 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
6.7 miles from park*
Boating
Electric motors and gas motors boats are allowed to be on the Musconetcong River. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.


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Picnicking
Picnic sites are available along the scenic Musconetcong River and at the upper picnic area. Tables, charcoal grills and sanitary facilities are provided. Playground equipment and a small open play field are available at the upper picnic area. All picnic facilities are on a first come first serve basis, except for the group picnic shelter which can be reserved. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

For larger groups, we also offer a Group Picnic Shelter. 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
There are six miles of marked trails at Stephens State Park for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail surfaces range from flat to steep and rocky.

A 2-mile section of the Highlands Trail runs the length of Stephens State Park.
Nature Programs
Park Programs

Stephens State Park invites you to participate in our Summer/Fall Interpretive Nature Programs. Naturalist Lori Tournillon will be presenting a variety of informative and educational programs. These programs are sponsored by the park free of charge and attendees meet at the end of the main parking lot at 1:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, you are urged to contact the park office to determine if a program has been canceled or rescheduled. Check the Calendar of Events for Stephens State Park's current programs.
Area Attractions
Waterloo Village

Waterloo Village takes the visitor through time from a 400-year old Lenape (Delaware) Indian village to a bustling port along the once prosperous Morris Canal. This early 19th-century restored village contains a working mill complex with gristmills and sawmills, a general store, blacksmith shop and several historic houses.
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
23.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 30 I <3 THIS PLACE by Foaly
I looove this place. Its great 4 fishing, n its sooooo pretty!
June 30
Camping now cost 20 dollars a night, but is worth it.
April 12 Great relaxing & Picnic spot by Zain
Its a great place for familly and for relaxing..this is one of our favourite place. We come here often and Hackettstown is a great place to visit.


Area Campgrounds

Fla-Net RV Park
20 Flanders Netcong Road
Flanders, NJ
973-347-4467


Panther Lake Camping Resort
6 Panther Lake Road
Andover, NJ


Triple Brook Camping Resort
58 Honey Run Road
Blairstown, NJ


Delaware River Family Campground
100 Route 46
Delaware, NJ


Goodland Country Club and Spa
Drakestown Road
Hackettstown, NJ
908-850-1300


Windy Acres Campground
294 Newton-Swarstwood Road
Hampton, NJ
973-897-8695


Green Valley Beach Campground
68 Phillips Road
Newton, NJ
973-383-4026


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
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.
Web Site: hollythornhouse.com
18.6 miles from park*
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Directions
Willow Grove Street (Route 604), 2 miles east of Hackettstown or 7.5 miles west of Route 206 on Waterloo Road (Route 604).
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
23.6 miles from park*

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