Stokes State Forest

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Park Overview:

A frequently visited site in the forest, Sunrise Mountain has the second highest peak along the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. Most trails are lightly used.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:45 miles
Park Acreage:16447 acres
City/County/
State:
Branchville/Sussex/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Kittatinny Trails Map
Web Map:NJ DEP Park Map
Buy Book:Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The crest of Sunrise Mountain, at more than 1,600 feet, is one of the most frequently visited sites in the 16,000-acre Stokes State Forest.  Young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the road to the summit as well as a pavilion in the 1930s. They also developed Lake Ocquittunk, Kittle Field, and Shotwell areas, and built the forest's extensive trail system.

Stokes State Forest includes Tillman Ravine Natural Area with its steep slopes and waterfalls.  

Trails Overview:

The forest contains 24 marked trails, many of which follow old woods roads, ranging from 0.3 to 12.7 miles.  The Parker Trail [3.5 miles, blue] connects to High Point State Park.  Except for the Appalachian Trail [white, 12.7 miles segment] and some trail sections adjacent to developed areas, the trails in the park are lightly used.  Trails can be combined to form loop hikes.  

  • In late 2015 a new 15-mile-long Blue Mountain Loop Trail was completed. This new loop incorporates about 11 miles of existing trails, as well as about 4 new miles. Two trails cut across the loop, making shorter loop hikes possible.  

Other trail uses include:

  • Snowmobiles and dogsleds - some trails north of US 206
  • XC-skiing - trails southwest of US 206

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the state forest.

 

Directions:

Take Route 206, four miles north of Branchville; Forest Office at 1 Coursen Road.  [Google Maps: "US 206 and Coursen Road, Branchville, NJ"]. GPS: 41.184453 -74.797314

Parking areas for the Tillman Ravine Natural Area are along Brink Road, 1.0 and 1.5 miles respectively east of Walpack Center.

  • Entrance Fee: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day
Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
9739483820
Region:Kittatinnies
Fees:Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information

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New Bridge Completed

New Bridge Completed in Stokes State Forest. The Trail Converence's West Jersey Trail Crew has completed installing a 36-foot-long bridge over Stony Brook. Check out their full recap of the project.