ROUGH MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST
ROUGH MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST
Rough Mountain State Forest, nestled in the heart of New Jersey, is a captivating natural haven filled with rugged beauty and untamed wilderness. Towering trees, including oak, maple, and hemlock, dominate the landscape, creating a dense forest canopy that provides shelter to a plethora of wildlife. The forest's hilly terrain offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and distant peaks, immersing visitors in a sense of awe and tranquility. Trails meander through this verdant paradise, inviting hikers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers to explore its hidden gems, rushing streams, and serene ponds. With its rich biodiversity, awe-inspiring scenery, and a deep sense of solitude, Rough Mountain State Forest stands as a testament to New Jersey's remarkable natural heritage.
Rough Mountain State Forest is a relatively new addition to New Jersey's state forest system. It was officially established in 1986 as part of the State Forest and Park Service. However, the area has a rich history that predates its designation as a state forest.
First and foremost, the area where Rough Mountain State Forest is located has historical significance for Native American tribes, particularly the Lenape people who inhabited this region. The Lenape used these lands for hunting, farming, and other traditional activities.
During the colonial era, European settlers began to move into the area surrounding Rough Mountain. The forests provided valuable resources such as timber, which were used for building, fuel, and trade. The Lenape eventually lost their ancestral lands as the European population grew.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the region experienced significant industrialization, and the forests saw extensive logging and mining activities. In fact, there is evidence of iron ore mining in the region, with abandoned mine shafts and remnants of mining operations still visible.
In the 20th century, as public awareness grew regarding the need to protect natural areas and wildlife habitats, efforts were made to preserve areas such as Rough Mountain. In 1986, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection designated Rough Mountain as a state forest, primarily to foster natural resource management and create recreational opportunities for visitors.
Rough Mountain State Forest covers approximately 4,000 acres in Sussex County, New Jersey. The forest is primarily composed of mixed hardwoods and conifers, and it offers several recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting (in designated areas).
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.
18.3 miles from park*