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Stokes State Forest
Stokes State Forest Tillmans Ravine © Tim Long
Stokes State Forest Tillmans Ravine © Tim Long
1 Coursen Road
Branchville, New Jersey   07826

Phone: 973-948-3820
The breathtaking and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain ridges to the west. For those who don?t relish the idea of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive to the pavilion at the top of the mountain.

Stokes is famous for its impressive beauty, whether it is at the top of a mountain ridge or in the cool and fragrant Tillman Ravine with its rushing stream and steep cliffs. Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted to its wild setting.
Cabins: Ten furnished cabins each with wood stove; two single beds; one double-deck bunk; kitchen with cold and hot running water, refrigerator, electric stove; half-bath with toilet and sink. Electric lights. Each accommodates four people. With prior permission from the superintendent, two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are adjacent to Lake Ocquittunk. Open from April 1 through December 15. $45 per night, $315 per week.

Cabins 7 & 15: Accommodate eight people. Facilities are the same as listed above, except they include a shower and hot and cold running water. Cabin 7 has a fireplace and cabin 15 has a wood stove. Accommodate. people with disabilities. Located 1/2 mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 1 through December 15. $85 per night, $595 per week.

Group Cabin 16: Accommodates twelve people. Facilities are the same as Cabin 15 and includes two sleeping areas and two full bathrooms and a Fireplace. Located one mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 15 through November 30. $125 per night.
Campsites: 51 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Some camping areas available all year. $20 per night.

Group campsites: Nine group sites with fire rings and picnic tables; capacity varies. Open from April 1 through October 31.Group Campsites A,B,C,D,E,F $30 per night, site capacity 30 people.Group Campsite G $65 per night, site Capacity 65 people.Group Campsite H $10 per night, site capacity 10 people.Group Campsite I $45 per night, site capacity 45 people.

Lean-tos: Nine lean-tos with fire rings and picnic tables. Open year round. $30 per night.
Nearby Accommodations
Cedar Lakes Cottages - Port Jervis, NY
Cottages and Cabins
Cedar Lakes is a gorgeous 500-acre estate surrounding twin cedar lakes. We have a selection of deluxe cottages for nightly or weekly rentals. Enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, and swimming on the property. Cottages have full kitchens, fireplaces, WIFI, and great amenities--all for the price of a hotel.
15.8 miles from park*
Swimming is permitted in Stony Lake from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms a first-aid station and picnic facilities. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Small boats with electric motors are only permitted on the waters of Lake Ocquittunk and are subject to all applicable boating laws. There is no boat ramp.
Stocked annually by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Big Flatbrook and its tributaries provide some of the best trout fishing in New Jersey. Lake Ocquittunk and Stony Lake also are stocked with trout. The majority of the forest is open to hunting. Both fishing and hunting at Stokes State Forest are subject to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Stokes State Forest offers picnic areas, picnic tables and shelters. For larger groups, we also offer the Group Picnic Area on Kittle Field. It holds a capacity of 120 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee:

$55.00 per day, plus applicable parking fees for reservations for Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

$80.00 per day for reservations for the Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day.

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.
A 12.5-mile section of the Applachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. White blazes mark this narrow and sometimes very rocky trail. A brochure is available regarding New Jersey's portion of the trail at the park office.

Along Kittatinny Mountain are outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. Sunrise Mountain offers scenic vistas of the Kittatinny Valley to the east and the Delaware River Valley to the west.

In addition to the Applachian Trail, there are more than 33 miles of marked trails within Stokes State Forest. Trails vary in length from one half mile to four miles, and over terrains ranging from flat lowlands to rocky mountains. Many of the trails connect, offering the hiker a variety of trips from an hour to a full day.
Area Attractions
Sunrise Mountain

The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The mountaintop provides a breathtaking view at an elevation of 1,653 feet above sea level. The thin soil and harsh climate characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment in which few plants can survive. Mountain laurel, wild blueberry, pitch pine and scrub oak are among the natural vegetation found throughout the area. The pavilion at the summit was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge.Tillman Ravine Natural Area (525 acres)

This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened barred owl and other endangered species.

Tillman Ravine Natural Area (525 acres)

This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened barred owl and other endangered species.
Things To Do in the Area
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.
3.5 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 5 Memories by Fred Ulrich
Camped in the cabins in 1940 and 1941 with Boy Scout Troop 19 (I think), Hackensack, New jersey. Winter and summer. Assisted CCCs put out a forest fire in 1941. Pulled 4-6 sleds behind a 1938 Ford wood side station wagon in couple feet of snow. Wonderful place.
October 20 Wonderful place for scenery/wildlife by Dawn J. Benko
This is an absolutely beautiful park with amazing scenery and wildlife. However, Buttermilk Falls, several photos of which are posted on this page, is actually in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area not Stokes State Forest.
September 29 Best School Trip Ever
I have such fond memories of my Grice Middle School 6th grade overnight trip to Stokes that I am now going back at age 40 with my husband & kids!

Area Campgrounds
Windy Acres Campground
294 Newton-Swarstwood Road
Hampton, NJ
Beaver Hill Campground
120 Big Spring Road
Hardyston, NJ
Cedar Ridge Family Campgrounds
205 River Road
Montague, NJ
Rockview Valley Campground Resort
59 River Road
Montague, NJ
Green Valley Beach Campground
68 Phillips Road
Newton, NJ
Mountain Shadows Lake Association
946 Owassa Road
Newton, NJ
Pleasant Acres Farm Campground
61 Dewitt Road
Sussex, NJ
Panther Lake Camping Resort
6 Panther Lake Road
Andover, NJ
Harmony Ridge Farm & Campground
23 Risdon Drive
Branchville, NJ
Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer's Road
Branchville, NJ
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
33.6 miles from park*

Take Route 206, four miles north of Branchville.
Area Shopping
Arts 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.
3.5 miles from park*

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