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Worthington
State Forest

Location:
Warren County,
Old Mine Road
Delaware Water Gap

Mailing Address:
HC 62, Box 2
Columbia, NJ 07832
(908) 841-9575

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 58’ 36.01” N 75° 08' 04.68" W

Size: 6,660 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Take Route 80 west to the last exit in New Jersey (Millbrook/Flatbrookville). At bottom of ramp, turn right. Office is three miles on left.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

 

 

Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views of northern New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest. A rocky and sometimes steep trail follows Dunnfield Creek from the Delaware River to Mount Tammany or hikers may choose to follow the trail to Sunfish Pond, one of the most popular sites in the area. Millions of years in the making, the pond was carved out by glacial forces during the last ice age and is one of fourteen rock-basin lakes between the Delaware Water Gap and the end of Kittatinny Ridge. A trail circles the pond, with many boulders and openings for resting and observation.

Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily from Sunrise to Sunset
Office Hours: Sunday - Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Worthington State Forest Map

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive programs are offered seasonally from April to October in the campground. Programs are also offered year round for schools and organized groups. Please contact the office for special dates and times of events.

Trails


There are over 26 miles of trails within the park including 5 miles of canoe trails on the Delaware River and over 7 miles of the Appalachian Trail. All trails within the park are hiking only. A demanding climb to the top of Mt. Tammany at 1527 ft. above sea level rewards the park visitor with a panoramic view of the Delaware Water Gap. A new interpretive trail, the Rockcores Trail, has been developed and offers some natural and historic information to the park visitor.

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail passes through Worthington to Stokes State Forest and High Point State Park. One of the earliest roads in the region - the Old Mine Road - skirts the forest along the Delaware River. The road was used for transporting copper and slate from the mines and quarries in the area, and is believed to have originally been a well-defined Indian trail. The trail was also used by fur traders and Dutch settlers.

Dunnfield Creek Natural Area (1,085 acres)

Hikers, fishermen, bird watchers and other naturalists can follow this moderate trail through a mature hemlock and mixed hardwood ravine along Dunnfield Creek. This area is designated a Wild Trout Stream and supports a healthy population of native brook trout, the state fish of New Jersey.

Sunfish Pond Natural Area (258 acres)

This impressive glacial lake, surrounded by a chestnut oak forest is reached by a steep and rocky climb along the Appalachian Trail. No swimming or camping is permitted at this area, however, 1/4 mile south of the pond along the Appalachian Trail is a backpacking wilderness camping area. This camping area is monitored by a caretaker who teaches Leave No Trace techniques, precautions on Living in Bear Country and enforces the No Fire regulation.



Camping

The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.

Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities. 

For forms and information on booking a campsite visit our: reservations page

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

Campsites: 69 tent and trailer sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Open April 1 through December 31. Campsites 1-77 have modern toilets and showers. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night.
Campsites 1-23 are designated Tent Camping only. No trailers or camper vans are permitted.

Group campsites: Three group sites; capacity: 35 each. Picnic tables, fire rings, modern toilets. Open April 1 through December 31. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night; Non-Residents: $5 per person, per night. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to over estimate as refunds cannot be made later.

Click to view some of our campsites

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended. 

Fishing

Excellent fishing can be found along the banks of the Delaware River in Worthington State Forest The river has abundant populations of Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Channel Catfish and the spring run of American Shad is always a highlight to the fishing season at Worthington.  Please refer to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Boating

There is a boat ramp available at Worthington State Forest. Boating is open seven days a week year round. Worthington is an excellent place to launch canoes and kayaks for a trip on the river. If you do not have your own boat there are many local outfitters that rent canoes and kayaks for river trips. Stop at the Forest Office for more information about the river.

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2013-2014

Abundant populations of deer, turkey and small game offer many hunting opportunities for the public. Hunting is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Picnicking


A small family picnic area has been added to the area and offers a peaceful, picturesque setting under a hemlock grove near the Delaware River. Limited space is available.

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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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