Stephens State Park


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Park Overview:

Two parks close together, one largely undeveloped, the other with camping and picnicking facilities. Marked loop trails, a segment of the Highland Trail and woods roads.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:805 acres
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Web Map:NJ State Park Service map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Stephens State Park & Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Embracing most of the Allamuchy Mountain upland between County 517 and the Musconetcong River, and bisected by I-80 near Exit 19, Allamuchy Mountain and Stephens State Parks together comprise 9,200 acres.   Stephens State Park has camping, fishing, and picnic facilities; Allamuchy Mountain State Park is more undeveloped and offers hunting and fishing opportunities.  Waterloo Village (closed in 2006; see comment below), a restoration of Andover Forge and once a busy port along the Morris Canal, is situated in Allamuchy Mountain S.P. 

Trails Overview:

Each of the three sections of these state parks has networks of hiking trails.

  • The Allamuchy Natural Area around Deer Park Pond, south of I-80 has several marked trails that can be combined to form a variety of loop hikes.
  • The developed area of Stephens State Park, east of Waterloo Road, offers several marked loop trails that begin from the park office, as well as a section of the Highlands Trail.
  • The portion of Allamuchy Mountain State Park north of I-80 has a section of the Sussex Branch [rail] Trail, a 4.4-mile section of the Highlands Trail, and an extensive network of unmarked woods roads.
    • Hikers who wish to explore this area off the marked trails can purchase the Tranquility and Stanhope USGS topographic quadrangle maps; or free scanned copies are available at the USGS web site  
  • Allamuchy Mountain State Park is located three miles north of Hackettstown between Willow Grove/ Waterloo Road [Route 604] on the east, Route 517 on the west, and Cranberry Lake [Route 206] on the north
  • Stephens State Park is located on Willow Grove Street [Route 604], 2 miles east of Hackettstown or 7.5 miles west of Route 206 on Waterloo Road [Route 604]
Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry

Comment: Please be relevant, civil, non-commercial.

Waterloo Village -- some buildings now reopened

The 26-building Waterloo Village was closed by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in 2006. According to press reports, as of June 2010 the DEP has reopened the Lenape Village, and three buildings -- Smith's Store, the Rutan Cabin and the Canal Museum. For more information see A map of the village is included in this article.

The Highlands Trail


Visit The Highlands Trail website for complete, accurate and up-to-date information about New Jersey's Millenium Trail, including trail descriptions, current trail conditions and maps.

Click here to go directly to information about the Highlands Trail in Stephens State Park.