Wawayanda State Park, New Jersey (with Map & Photos)

Wawayanda State Park 34.350 acres (139.0 km 2 ) State Park in the County of Sussex and District Passaic in northern New Jersey. The park is located in Vernon Township on the Sussex side and West Milford on the Passaic side. There are 60 miles (97 km) of hiking trails in the park, including the 32-kilometer stretch of the Appalachian Trail. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Parks and Forestry Division. The walking trails are maintained and updated by New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.

Wawayanda State Park New Jersey
Wawayanda State Park New Jersey

The Wawayanda State Park is part of the Northeastern Coastal Forests ecoregion. [2] It is home to the Red-shouldered Hawk, the Spotted Owl and the Great Blue Heron, and includes 1,300 feet (396 m) of Mount Wawayanda and the glacial- shaped, spring-fed Lake Wawayanda with a swimming beach and boat launch and group hike.

The 1,325 acres (5.36 km 2 ) Mount Bearforth Natural Area is part of a park with a terrace pond at 1,380 feet (420 m) near the summit. Mountain forest includes swamp hardwood hemlock and mixed hardwood and chestnut oak forest communities; some rock outcrops offer 360-degree views of the surrounding highlands.

Wawayanda State Park New Jersey
Wawayanda State Park New Jersey

2,167 acres (8.77 km 2 ) Wawayanda Swamp is the Atlantic Ocean. white cedar swamp with mixed oak-deciduous forest, lake and laurel pond.

399 acres (1.61 km 2 ) The Wawayanda Hemlock Gorge is a 300-foot (91 m) gorge formed by the Doublekill Stream, surrounded by hemlock and mixed deciduous forest. The Appalachian Trail is located on the western edge of the area.

Wawayanda State Park Map