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Wawayanda State Park
- The main entrance to Wawayanda State Park is off Warwick Turnpike, about two miles north of Upper Greenwood Lake. The Appalachian Trail [white] can be accessed from a parking area off the Warwick Turnpike less than a half-mile north of the Park entrance, or [at its Western end] where NJ Route 94 and Prices Switch Road [County 515] meet. Wawayanda Lake Day Use Area -- GPS: 41.190232, -74.427912
- High Breeze Farm Historic Site is reached via NJ 94 north to NY 94, just over state line right on Barrett Road. GPS: 41.220889, -74.418278
- For Terrace Pond the most popular trailhead is at parking area P7 on the east side of Clinton Road, 7.5 miles north of NJ 23 and 1.7 miles south of Warwick Turnpike. Approximate GPS: 41.145020, -74.405703
The swimming area and boat launch are both popular. The trail system in Wawayanda State Park is composed primarily of woods roads and is largely level. Terrace Pond area and the Appalachian Trail offer a more rugged hiking experience.
- Wawayanda State Park: Toward the eastern part of the park various old woods roads and paths lead southward through one of the finest forests of its kind in New Jersey. A swamp containing an extensive stand of Atlantic white cedar is noteworthy for being so far from its usual haunts along the seacoast marshes [Cedar Swamp Trail; 1.4 miles; blue]. For the most part the woods roads are fairly level and excellent for seasonal cross-country skiing. Many of the trails pass through low-lying areas and portions of the trails may be flooded during wet seasons. The Appalachian Trail [16.5-mile segment; white], which crosses the park from east to west, offers a more rugged experience.
- During the winter some hikers report disappointment by the noise of large numbers of legal snowmobiles.
- Except for the Appalachian Trail, the other 16 trails in this part of the park are relatively short, ranging from 0.5 to 2.8 miles. Total miles of trails: 43.
- Terrace Pond: Like Abram S. Hewitt State Forest to its north, the trails in the Terrace Pond area climb steeply. At the same time this is an especially good place to observe the conglomerate beds of reddish-purple puddingstone as they dip downward from either side toward the center of the pond. The Terrace Pond West Trail [yellow] offers a rugged 4.7-mile loop from Clinton Road to Terrace Pond.
- Total miles of trails: 11
Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the park. Use the Web Map on this site for a NJ State Park Service Map of the west section; click here for the east section including Terrace Pond
Wawayanda State Park
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]