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Worthington State Forest
WORTHINGTON STATE FOREST
WORTHINGTON STATE FOREST
HC 62, Box 2
Columbia, New Jersey   07832

Phone: 908-841-9575
Reservations: 908-841-9575
Worthington State Forest
'Mt Tammany'

Delaware River

Worthington State Forest
'Mt Tammany'

overlooking Delaware Water Gap.

Worthington State Forest
'Mt Tammany'

trail to top of mountain

Worthington State Forest

Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views of northern New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest. A rocky and sometimes steep trail follows Dunnfield Creek from the Delaware River to Mount Tammany or hikers may choose to follow the trail to Sunfish Pond, one of the most popular sites in the area. Millions of years in the making, the pond was carved out by glacial forces during the last ice age and is one of fourteen rock-basin lakes between the Delaware Water Gap and the end of Kittatinny Ridge. A trail circles the pond, with many boulders and openings for resting and observation.
Camping
Campsites: 69 tent and trailer sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Open April 1 through December 31. Campsites 1-77 have modern toilets and showers. $20 per night.

Group campsites: Three group sites; capacity: 35 each. Picnic tables, fire rings, modern toilets. Open April 1 through December 31. $35 per night.


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Picnicking
A small family picnic area has been added to the area and offers a peaceful, picturesque setting under a hemlock grove near the Delaware River. Limited space is available.
Trails
There are over 26 miles of trails within the park including 5 miles of canoe trails on the Delaware River and over 7 miles of the Appalachian Trail. All trails within the park are hiking only. A demanding climb to the top of Mt. Tammany at 1527 ft. above sea level rewards the park visitor with a panoramic view of the Delaware Water Gap. A new interpretive trail, the Rockcores Trail, has been developed and offers some natural and historic information to the park visitor.
Nature Programs
Interpretive Programs:Interpretive programs are offered seasonally from April to October in the campground. Programs are also offered year round for schools and organized groups. Please contact the office for special dates and times of events.
Area Attractions
Dunnfield Creek Natural Area (1,085 acres)

Hikers, fishermen, bird watchers and other naturalists can follow this moderate trail through a mature hemlock and mixed hardwood ravine along Dunnfield Creek. This area is designated a Wild Trout Stream and supports a healthy population of native brook trout, the state fish of New Jersey.

Sunfish Pond Natural Area (258 acres)

This impressive glacial lake, surrounded by a chestnut oak forest is reached by a steep and rocky climb along the Appalachian Trail. No swimming or camping is permitted at this area, however, 1/4 mile south of the pond along the Appalachian Trail is a backpacking wilderness camping area. This camping area is monitored by a caretaker who teaches Leave No Trace techniques, precautions on Living in Bear Country and enforces the No Fire regulation.
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
20.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 30 Camp sites by Onofrio
Site 16 17 18 21 &22 are the most secluded...
July 10 bears
A bear was able to open the silver bear bins at the backpacker site near sunfish pond- use the brown bins. once he/she started eating it was difficult to scare away.
June 7 OK sites
Campground use to be pristine sites in all of NJ! People DO NOT obey rules or care i guess. Garbage was stacked high in an adjacent section of the park. Campsites are littered with trash. No ranger that patrols to check on camp sites. Got people drinking beer doing drugs on river bank. if i could rate this lower i would.
May 3 Adjacent to the National Park Service
The area is surrounded by and adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service
April 12 Great - but for the facilities
The place is amazing, water is very inviting, and overall the experience - wonderful! The only reason it does not get a 3 or more star is due to the bath/rest rooms. In Worthington state forest, the facilities are unclean, and the toilet is a natural pit. The one other aspect was the campsite itself. You need to choose your campsite wisely. We had the unfortunate proximity with a family having 4 children, and our desire to wake up listening just to the natural sounds was soon dampened by the chitter-chatter of our young neighbors. If you do not care about these, you will have a ball of a time!
October 25 Beautiful! Loved it! by Elaine
The trails are difficult, but worth it. The camp sites are great (we did encounter a bear though - so heed the signs!). Very enjoyable stay. State Park Police are very helpful and do a great job!
June 5 Cant believe this is NJ
What a beautiful loaction!! We stayed at the campground over Memorial Day and it was great! The campground was clean and the trail to Sunfish Pond was great. We are planning another trip soon.
June 5 Magnificent! by BM
This place is one of our favorite parks in the northeast. The camping is awesome and there are miles of hiking trails. You have the Delaware River on one side and the mountains on the other.
February 26 Wonderful views by Bill Bannan
The Mt. Tammany trail is difficult but well worth the views overlooking Delaware Water Gap and Pennsylvania. WSF has some of the best hiking in NJ by far
July 19 Wonderful place to camp by rangermikeswife
Beautiful camp grounds, clean showers and toilet areas, lots of smaller toileting areas throughout the campgrounds. Stayed on site 13! Beautiful. Recommend 13,14,15! Very vigorous hiking available.
July 18 Best in the State
A two mile long campground on the Jersey side of the Delaware River just north of the Delaware Water Gap. Many campsites on the river. Most sites are in wooded areas. Some (the ones around the big open field at the north end of the campground) are sunny, and hot in the summer. This is a great place for your canoe or kayak. A paradise for birders and nature lovers. Bald eagles, deer, and bears are often seen in the area, if not in your campsite. Be sure you heed the rules about the bears and you will enjoy seeing them. The fee quoted in this website is old; be sure to give them a call for current rates.


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Area Fishing Related Businesses
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Walter's Motel
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(570) 424-1862


Water Gap Country Club
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Rainbow Mountain Resort and Restaurant
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Value Inn
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Echo Valley Cottages
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(570) 223-0662


Pocono Palace Inc
5241 Milford Rd
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(570) 588-6694


Paramount Motel
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(570) 421-2141


Birchwood In the Poconos
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Shilla Garden Korean Restaurant
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Alpine Lounge
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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/
17.8 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
20.8 miles from park*
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
33.7 miles from park*
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Take Route 80 west to the last exit in New Jersey (Millbrook/Flatbrookville). At bottom of ramp, turn right. Office is three miles on 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
20.7 miles from park*

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