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Spruce Run Recreation Area
Take I-78 to Exit 17 [Clinton] and proceed north on NJ 31 for 3.0 miles to the traffic light at Van Syckels Road. Make a left at the light and continue for 1.4 miles to the recreation area entrance, on the left. Webmap search: "1 Van Syckels Road, Clinton, NJ 08809"
GPS Coordinates: 40.660088, -74.938209
Fifteen miles of shoreline around the third largest reservoir in the state offer ample recreational opportunities
A 2.6 mile section of The Highlands Trail [teal diamond], the only marked trail in the park, takes hikers through a maple forest, a pine forest and along the water’s edge through the park before exiting into the Clinton Wildlife Management Area. Click here to go directly to information about the Highlands Trail in Spruce Run Recreation Area.
In addition, the park grounds and roadways provide for hiking, strolling, jogging and biking activities.
- Seasonal fees apply, check with the park's web site using Contact Information on this site.
Occupying a pair of peninsulas jutting into Spruce Run Reservoir, the 2,000-acre park is typical of most of the day-use areas found in New Jersey's state parks and forests. A park office and visitor center awaits the visitor immediately upon entering the recreation area. Fifteen miles of shoreline around the third largest reservoir in the state offer ample recreational opportunities.