State Park Service Overnight Facilities Update
Beginning Monday, April 26, reservations will be accepted for select State Park Service cabins, shelters and lean-tos: Allaire State Park – Shelters – Open June 1, Bass River State Forest – Cabins – Open June 1, Bass River State Forest – Lean-tos – Open June 1, Brendan T Byrne State Forest – Shelters – April 30 , Belleplain State Forest – Shelters – Open May 28, Belleplain State Forest – Lean-tos – Open May 28, High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans' Memorial – Family Cabins – Open June 1, Jenny Jump State Forest – Shelters – Open May 1, Parvin State Park – Cabins – Open April 30, Spruce Run Recreation Area – Shelters – Open June 1, Stokes State Forest – Lake Ocquittunk Cabins – Open June 15, Stokes State Forest – Shotwell Lean-tos – Open June 1, Swartswood State Park – Shelters – Open May 14. Please note that the Atsion Cabins (Wharton State Forest) and the Brendan T Byrne State Forest cabins remain closed due to capital improvement projects.
For the 2021 season, these facilities will be open Friday and Saturday nights only, ensuring thorough cleaning between guests. Reservations will be extended to three days over holiday weekends; Sunday May 30, July 4 and September 5.
Other additional campsites available for reservation Monday, April 26: Allaire State Park – Group Campsites – Open May 1, Bass River State Forest – Additional group campsites – Open May 1, Belleplain State Forest – additional North Shore campsites – Open May 28, Spruce Run Recreation Area – additional family campsites – Open May 1
Reservations continue to be accepted for all previously reopened site types through December 15. Please note that regularly scheduled seasonal closures will remain in place. For specific details, please contact the park or forest you are interested in visiting.
We look forward to the continued phased reopening of additional overnight facilities.
TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
Please be aware that the State Park Service has many primitive restrooms that do not have running water. Remember to bring your own hand sanitizer and other supplies to disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
For additional tips from the CDC when visiting parks and recreational facilities, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html
**Due to Covid-19 we are still working on phased reopening of our facilties**
Tent sites at Lake Ocquittunk and Shotwell are open year round, at this time we are accepting reservations until December 15. For 2021, tent sites at Steam Mill are open from May 1 to October 31. Group sites at Haskins and Lake Ashroe are currently closed.
For 2021, Lean-tos at Shotwell will open as of June 1 and our Family Cabins will open as of June 15 for Friday night and Saturday night reservations only, in addition to Sunday, July 4 and Sunday, September 5. Reservations can be made until December 15. For 2021 Our group cabin and group Lean-tos remain closed. Lean-tos and Cabins need a key to enter. If you arrive when the park office is closed, the key will be on a board on backside of the office with you name on it.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SWIMMING IS NOT PERMITTED IN ANY OF THE LAKES AT STOKES STATE FOREST.
Forested mountains, clear freshwater streams and scenic vistas characterize Stokes State Forest. Stokes is located along 12 miles of the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, northwest of Branchville in Sussex County. The Appalachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. In addition to the 12.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, there are more than 33 miles of marked trails within Stokes State Forest. Trails vary in length and difficulty. Stokes State Forest has camping areas that vary from wooded and secluded to open field sites for larger groups.