Stokes State Forest

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:16067 acres
City/County/
State:
Branchville/Sussex/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Kittatinny Trails Map
Buy Book:Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book

Park Description:

The crest of Sunrise Mountain, at more than 1,600 feet, is one of the most frequently visited sites in the 16,067-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.  The Tillman Ravine Trail [0.5 mile, red] crosses Tillman Brook five times on wooden bridges. 

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

Take Route 206, four miles north of Branchville; Forest Office at 1 Coursen Road.  [Google Maps: "US 206 and Coursen Road, Branchville, NJ"].  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
973-948-3820
Region:Kittatinnies
Fees:Yes, click on 'Contact Information' for further information