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Skylands Region
Swartswood State Park
SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK
SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK
P O Box 123
Swartswood, New Jersey   07877-5230

Phone: 973-383-5230
Reservations: 973-383-5230
Established in 1914 as New Jersey's first state park, Swartswood is well known for its great fishing and tranquil surroundings. Little Swartswood and Swartswood Lake were formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and are now home to a variety of fish. Both lakes have been the focus of water quality improvement efforts including invasive aquatic weed control and watershed protection.

Whether you are on land or water, there is always a chance you will catch a glimpse of the spectacular wildlife in Swartswood from bald eagles to the unique plant life found in our sinkhole ponds.

The park is open year round with a variety of recreational activities available depending on the season. During the summer, colorful sailboats take to the water either on a leisurely sail around the lake or while participating in the sailing regattas scheduled throughout the season.
History of the Area
Established in 1914 as New Jersey's first state park, Swartswood is well known for its great fishing and tranquil surroundings. Little Swartswood and Swartswood Lake were formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and are now home to a variety of fish. Both lakes have been the focus of water quality improvement efforts including invasive aquatic weed control and watershed protection.
Camping
Campsites: 65 tent and trailer sites with a fire ring, picnic table and lantern holder. Maximum occupancy is six at each site. Flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary and water stations available. Open April 1 through October 31. $20 per night.

Group Campsites: Three group sites with picnic tables, a fire ring and lantern holder. Minimum occupancy is seven and maximum is twenty. Water and sanitary units are within walking distance of each site. Open April 1 through October 31. $20 per night, per site.

Yurts: 6 yurt sites with a fire ring, picnic table and lantern holder. Yurts are circular tents built on a wooden frame with concrete floors. Each yurt has a skylight, lockable wood door, window screens with flaps and two double deck bunks, which can sleep up to four people. Assembly of additional tents is not permitted on yurt sites. $30 per night.
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
5.4 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
11.9 miles from park*
Swimming
From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, while lifeguards are on duty, visitors can swim in Swartswood Lake. Swimming hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Adjacent to the beach visitors can access facilities with changing areas, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station, and a concession building where food and beach supplies may be purchased. View the concession menu. The facilities are accessible for people with disabilities.

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.
Boating
Boat rentals are available in the park on a seasonal basis. Please call for hours of operation prior to your visit. The rental facility is typically open weekends only from May to the end of June. They are open seven days a week from July through Labor Day. For more information visit the Swartswood Lake Boat Rentals web site.


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Picnicking
Secluded picnic areas overlooking the lake can be found throughout the park with picnic tables and grills available at each site. Charcoal fires must be contained to the metal grills provided at the site. Visitors are free to bring their own metal grills. Wood fires are not permitted. Food and refreshments are also offered at the concession stand. View the menu.

A playground and open playing fields are located near the picnic area. Volleyball and basketball courts and open areas for frisbee, golf and softball are located in the day-use area of the park.

Swartswood also offers a group picnic are for larger groups. It holds a capacity of 100 people, provides shelter, play fields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee:

$55 per day, plus applicable parking fee Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day $80 per day Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day50 percent of Fee Group Picnic Cancellation 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. No alcohol is permitted and all trash must be carried out.
Trails
Trails

Duck Pond Multi-Use Trail

This 0.6 mile-paved path provides a level surface for walking, biking, roller blading, skate boarding and is accessible for persons with disabilities. The trail meanders through a forested area along Duck Pond. Wayside exhibits found along the trail provide information on the unique natural features found in the area. A bird blind has been constructed to allow visitors to view birdlife in the area with little disturbance to their habitat.

Spring Lake Trail

This 2.8-mile trail begins at the end of the paved Duck Pond Trail. Follow the white markers along the natural hilly terrain through a secondary succession forest to the secluded Spring Lake. We consider this to be a moderate level hike.

Bear Claw Trail

This 0.8 mile trail is marked in yellow and begins at the Duck Pond parking area just to the right of our kiosk. This is an easy to moderate hike on an earthen, hilly path. The trail ends where it meets the paved Duck Pond Trail allowing you to combine the two trails for a full loop back to the parking area.

Grist Mill Trail

This 1.5 loop trail can be found at the most southern end of Swartswood Lake by the dam. The steep rocky terrain makes this a moderate to difficult hike with rewarding views of Swartswood Lake.
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
9.6 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PAHorseback Riding
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site: theblackwalnutinn.com
18.1 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 2 A rare gem of a find ! by C.K. Urban, CSW, MSW
My friends & I live in the urban areas & I am really not a city girl. I found the park three years ago & we visit every Fourth of July & every Labor Day. This Fourth of July we even went with the threatening skies. It srarted to pour just as we finished eating. The staff is wonderful and pleasant.
May 27 Our park views threatened by Linda in Swartswood, NJ
I live within walking distance of Swartswood Park and have gone countless times over the years. I agree that it is an absolute gem of a place but now those breathtaking views from the park are being threatened by a proposed 152-foot Nextel cell tower yards from Little Swartswood Lake. Although it would be erected on private land, it will be visible from all areas of the park, especially Little Swartswood Lake. It would pose a great hazard to the migrating birds that pass through and to the pair of nesting eagles. To see a photo mock-up of what the proposed tower would look like, and for more information, please visit www.noswartswoodtower.com.
April 8 Favorite NJ State park to camp in. by Helene in NJ
We camp here every year - bathrooms are clean, many of their sites are large and well maintained. Rangers are helpful and really nice. Watch the bears and keep coolers in your vehicles at ALL TIMES!!!!
August 22 Great for family fun. by irishguy1565
I started going to Swartswood when I was a teenager with my friends, and 30 years later, my sons and I enjoy all the benefits of nature and wildlife Sartswood has to offer. Great campsites, beautiful beach and lake, clean ammenities, the works. Lets you get rid of the electronic gadgets and back to quality family time in an ideal setting and more simple times.
August 11 awesome camping by breanna1982
my fiance has been going to swartswood since he was a kid and now we bring our children camping there every year and love it! nice and clean and the local wildlife and surroundings are beautiful!
April 16 One of my favorite places to camp
Swartswood has been my favorite retreat. I have been visiting the park for over 15 yrs. The staff and police are always friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. They are one of the many reasons I look forward to returning each year.
March 1 Loads of family fun! by Linda
This is one place you can still go to enjoy nature and spend quality family time together. I have been going to Swartswood since I was little and now take my family there.
June 26 Our favorite place to go! : ) by -Dana
This park is awesome from the beach, playgrounds, lifeguards, etc. My husband and I live in the area for 7 years and have been going for the past year bringing our 3 small children. Great place to be - not far from home (great gas saver too)! We like it so much we bought a park pass and travel between Swartswood and Stokes. Great family place! Thank you!


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


Harmony Ridge Farm & Campground
23 Risdon Drive
Branchville, NJ
973-948-4941


Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer's Road
Branchville, NJ


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


Beaver Hill Campground
120 Big Spring Road
Hardyston, NJ
973-827-0670


Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
995 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
973-663-0200


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


Mountain Shadows Lake Association
946 Owassa Road
Newton, NJ
973-383-5008


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
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.
Web Site: comfortinn.com/hotel-lake_ariel-pennsylvania-PA092
37.6 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PABBs / Inns
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site: theblackwalnutinn.com
18.1 miles from park*
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Directions
From Route 80, take exit 25, Route 206 north to Newton, about 12 miles. From Newton, make a left at the second traffic light (Route 206 and Spring Street) then make a left at the next light onto Route 519. Follow 519 for approximately 1/2 mile, then make a left onto Route 622 at Sussex County College sign. Follow Route 622 for about 4 1/2 miles. Turn left onto Route 619. The park entrance is about 1/2 mile south on Route 619.
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
9.6 miles from park*

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