What to do in Stokes State Forest

Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

Stokes is famous for its impressive beauty, whether it is at the top of a mountain ridge or in the cool and fragrant Tillman Ravine with its rushing stream and steep cliffs. Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted to its wild setting.

Sunrise Mountain

The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The mountaintop provides a breathtaking view at an elevation of 1,653 feet above sea level. The thin soil and harsh climate characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment in which few plants can survive. Mountain laurel, wild blueberry, pitch pine and scrub oak are among the natural vegetation found throughout the area. The pavilion at the summit was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge.

Tillman Ravine Natural Area (525 acres) - This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened barred owl and other endangered species.

Recreation
Camping

Campsites: 50 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Some camping areas available all year.

Group campsites: Nine group sites with fire rings and picnic tables; capacity varies. Open from April 1 through October 31.

Lean-tos: Ten lean-tos with fire rings and picnic tables. Open year round.

Cabins: Ten furnished cabins each with wood stove; two single beds; one double-deck bunk; kitchen with cold and hot running water, refrigerator, electric stove; half-bath with toilet and sink. Electric lights. Each accommodates four people. With prior permission from the superintendent, two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are adjacent to Lake Ocquittunk. Open from April 1 through December 15.

Cabins 7 & 15: Accommodate eight people. Facilities are the same as listed above, except they include a shower and hot and cold running water. Cabin 7 has a fireplace and cabin 15 has a wood stove. Accommodate. people with disabilities. Located 1/2 mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 1 through December 15.

Group Cabin 16: Accommodates twelve people. Facilities are the same as Cabin 15 and includes two sleeping areas and two full bathroomsand a Fireplace. Located one mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 15 through November 30.

Fishing/Hunting Both Fishing and Hunting at Stokes State Forest are subject to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Picnicking Stokes State Forest offers 2 picnic areas Stony lake and Kittle Field. The Group Picnic Area at Kittle Field has a capacity of 120 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee.

The Stony Lake picnic area has 45 tables with adjacent grills located next to the swimming area. This area in not reservable.

Location
Take Route 206, four miles north of Branchville.

Climate
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.

Address
1 Coursen Road
Branchville, NJ 07826

Phone: 973-948-3820

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