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Wawayanda State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
The swimming area and boat launch are both popular. The trail system is composed primarily of woods roads and is largely level. Terrace Pond area and the Appalachian Trail offer a more rugged hiking experience.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||60 miles|
|Park Acreage:||35524 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||North Jersey Trails Map|
|Web Map:||DEP trail map|
|Buy Book:||Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide |
|Park Description:|| |
Wawayanda State Park embraces over 35,000 acres of forests and waters in the rough, hilly country of the New Jersey Highlands. The name, pronounced Wa-wa-yanda, is the phonetic rendition of the Lenape name, said to mean "winding, winding water," or "water on the mountain."
Wawayanda Lake, one of the focal points of the park, is 1.5 miles long, has 5.5 miles of wooded shoreline, and covers 255 acres. It has both a popular beach/swimming area and boat launch. Close by are the ruins of the Wawayanda Furnace, a charcoal blast furnace used to produce iron during the 1840s through the Civil War. The Wawayanda Mine is 2.5 miles northeast of the iron furnace along the east side of Wawayanda Road [near the New York State border] and consists of five openings or shafts.
Parking Fee: From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
The park includes the High Breeze Farm Historic Site [Barrett Farm]. The Vernon Township Historical Society leases an adjacent building. There is no entrance fee; usually open only on weekends.
Terrace Pond: An aquatic gem that lies at an altitude of 1,380 feet - Terrace Pond is surrounded by steep cliffs of puddingstone conglomerate, with nearby blueberry swamps and impressive stands of rhododendron. Although formally part of Wawayanda State Park, it is separated from the rest of the park by Clinton Road, and its features are visually and geologically distinct from those of the remainder of the park. [No parking fee]
|Trails Overview:|| |
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|Contact Information:||Wawayanda State Park |
|Region:||Bearfort Ridge and Wawayanda|
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|