Stokes State Forest Cabin Reservations for Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
Due to the large amount of inquiries we received regarding booking cabin reservations this summer, please note the following:
There is a one week minimum to reserve Cabins from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. These reservations can be made online up to 11 months in advance.
If a cabin is still available 2 weeks prior to your desired check in date there is a 2 night minimum. These reservations can be made by calling the forest office, 973-948-3820, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm and will be given on a first come-first serve basis. We have a very busy office and phone line and highly recommend that you keep trying until you speak to a real person as we do not always get time to check voice mails during the day. Reservations will be made on a first come-first serve basis. We will not accept emails or voice mail messages to "hold" a cabin. We also reserve the right at any time to not allow reservations on days that the total amount of changeovers will exceed the staff we have avaialable to clean the cabins.
We thank you for your patience and understanding!
Tent sites at Lake Ocquittunk and Shotwell sites 101-108 are open year round. Shotwell sites 109-137 are open April 15 to December 15. Steam Mill tent sites are open April 15 to December 15. Group sites at Haskins and Lake Ashroe are open from April 15 to October 31.
Lean-tos at Shotwell are open year round. There is a 2 night minimum to reserve or occupy lean-tos, and reservations must be made in advance. Our group lean-tos are currently closed.
Family Cabins are open from April 1 to December 15. There is a one week minimum to reserve from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During this time check in days are Friday for cabins 1 to 3, Saturday for cabins 4 to 6, Sunday for cabins 7-9 and Monday for cabins 10-12. Outside of those dates there is a 2 night minimum to reserve or occupy cabins. Cabin Reservations must be made in advance.
Our Group Cabin is open from April 15 to December 15. There is a 2 night minimum to reserve or occupy our group cabin.
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.
If you are unable to make your scheduled dates, you can make a change to your reservation for a $5.00 fee. Changes must be made prior to your check in date and time. Cancellation Policy -
If you are unable to reschedule, the cancellation policy for campsite (tents, trailers, primitive campsite, group campsites, wilderness campsite) is: $40 NJ Resident/$50 Out of State Resident or a two night use fee (whichever is less) and any transaction fee paid will be deducted from refund due.
The cancellation policy for all other overnight facilities (cabins, group cabins, shelters, and lean-to) depends on when the cancellation is made. If you cancel seven days or less prior to your check-in date, one night use fee and any transaction fee will be deducted from refund due. If you cancel eight days or more prior to your check-in date, only the transaction fee paid will be deducted from refund due.
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.