What to do in Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

Waterloo Village

Waterloo Village takes the visitor through time from a 400-year old Lenape (Delaware) Indian village to a bustling port along the once prosperous Morris Canal. This early 19th-century restored village contains a working mill complex with gristmills and sawmills, a general store, blacksmith shop and several historic houses. Classical and popular music programs are presented during the summer months.

The site is leased and operated by the Waterloo Foundation for the Arts. The village is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wednesday - Sunday. There is an admission fee. For more information, call the foundation at (973) 347-0900.

Allamuchy Natural Area (2,440 acres)

The mature mixed oak and hardwood forests and numerous maintained old fields of this natural area display various stages of succession and forest development. Many trails traverse the natural area and provide access to scenic Deer Park Pond, which is centrally located within the area.


There are more than 14 miles of marked trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the Allamuchy Natural Area.

There also are more than 20 miles of unmarked trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the Northern Section of Allamuchy Mountain State Park.

A 3 mile section of the Sussex Branch Trail starts at Waterloo Road and goes northwest to Cranberry Lake. Using an old railroad bed, this trail provides the hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders easy access from Waterloo Road through Kittatinny Valley State Park to Branchville, New Jersey.

A 10 mile section of the Highlands Trail goes from the northern boundary of Allamuchy Mt. State Park off Route 206 through Stephens State Park. The difficulty of the trails range from moderate to rugged.

A 3 mile water trail on the Musconetcong River is available for canoes, kayaks and rowboats. The trail is between Waterloo Road at Route 80 and the Saxton Falls Dam.


Allamuchy Mountain State Park provides excellent fishing opportunities year round. During the spring the Division of Fish and Wildlife stock the Musconetcong with brown, rainbow and brook trout. Cranberry Lake, Jefferson Lake, Allamuchy Pond and Deer Park Pond contain warm water species such as large mouth bass, sunfish, perch and pickerel.


Parts of Allamuchy Mountain State Park are open for hunting. Hunting is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.


All picnic facilities are available at nearby Stephens State Park including: picnic tables, group picnic facilities, a group picnic shelter, and playgrounds.


A public boat launch is available at Cranberry Lake. All types of boats: electric motors, gas motors and canoes can launch between sunrise and sunset year round. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

A boat concession located next to the Cranberry Lake boat launch, which includes a trailer launch and a cartop launch rents rowboats from sunrise to sunset during the summer.

Allamuchy Natural Area (2,440 acres)

Waterloo Village

hiking, Mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, camping at nearby Stephens State Park.

ATV's and off road Motorcycles are prohibited.

Allamuchy Mountain State Park is located three miles north of Hackettstown between Willow Grove/ Waterloo Road (Route 604) on the east, Route 517 on the west, and Cranberry Lake (Route 206) on the north

The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.

c/o Stephens State Park
800 Willow Grove St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Phone: 908-852-3790

Email: Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us
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