State Park Service Overnight Facilities Update
The New Jersey State Park Service is currently accepting reservations for select family tent and trailer campsites until December 15, 2020 at the following locations: Allaire State Park, Bass River State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Stokes State Forest, Wharton State Forest and Worthington State Forest.
All family tent and trailer campsites will close on December 15, 2020.
On February 1, 2021 we will begin accepting reservations for select family tent and trailer campsites, group campsites and wilderness campsites for the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.
Cabins, group cabins, shelters, lean-tos, group lean-tos, group campsites, group wilderness campsites, primitive campsites, and primitive group campsites remain closed until further notice.
We will continue to evaluate our ability to open additional overnight facilities and will provide updates over the coming months. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate through such unprecedented circumstances.
The six-acre Hooks Creek Lake offers an opportunity for swimming availble at a lifeguarded area from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Also, freshwater fishing is available with appropiate fishing license. Trout, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and Sunfish provide the angler with a variety of freshwater species. Fishing is subject to all NJ Fish and Wildlife regulations. Crabbing is also available from the Crabbing Bridge which is reachable from the lake parking area. The bridge and walkway are ADA accessible. Several picnic areas with table and charcoal grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups we offer two reservable picnic sites with a small roofed shelter. The Nature Center is located a short distance from the trailhead parking area on the Red/ Green/ Blue trail. Visitors are welcome to view the wildlife historical exhibits throughout the Center. Visitors can learn about the three habitats located within Cheesequake State Park. The Center also provides information on the Native American and early colonization of the area. There are five designated trails at the park. The Red, Yellow, Green and Blue pathways are for hiking and walking use. The White Trail is a multi-use trail, designated for hiking and mountain biking. Trails range from .07 to 3 miles . Trail difficulty ranges from easy to moderate with inclines. Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the Park and is subject to Fish & Wildlife regulations. Contact the Park office for more information.