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
Wawayanda State Park was purchased with Green Acres funds beginning with the 1961 bond act. The park opened to the public in 1963. Wawayanda State Park is rich in history. The remains of the iron-smelting town of Double Pond lie along the northern shore of Wawayanda Lake. Operated during the 19th century, the charcoal blast furnace is the only remnant of a once-thriving village. Visitors are invited to observe the raceways and foundations that were once part of this industrial town. The focal point of Wawayanda State Park is the pristine 255-acre Wawayanda Lake and the numerous water related recreational activities. Almost one-third of the park has been preserved as designated natural areas.