The quiet charm of
Wawayanda appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters.
Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful
backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep
mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile
stretch of the Appalachian
Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda
Mountain offers sensational views. More than sixty miles of
trails are marked in the park.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Office Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Plan Ahead for "Filled To Capacity" Park Closures
The NJ State Park system serves a very high volume of visitors during summer weekends and holidays. To ensure the safety of our visitors and protection of the park’s natural resources and facilities, our park areas have a limited capacity.
During periods of high visitation, when a parks’ capacity is reached, the park will be closed and traffic will be turned away from the park entrance. When that occurs, no additional vehicles / visitors will be allowed to enter the park, including those with members of their party who may already be in the park. If you are not traveling in the same vehicle with others in your party, we suggest that you all arrive at the same time.
When the park is closed due to being full to capacity, only individuals and groups with shelter and/or camping reservations will be admitted, as parking is reserved for those purposes.
Based on recent experience and visitation trends, and depending on good weather, most of our State park swimming areas will likely fill to capacity and close on Memorial Day and Fourth of July holiday weekends, and other weekends during the course of the summer. Please take this into consideration when planning your trip.
|Auxiliary Entrance Gate-Barry Lakes
The gate operating season will be from the Friday before Memorial Day through October 31st.
The gate will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
On 3-day Holiday Weekends, the gate will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For the 2018 season, the gate will be opening on Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
|Bearfort Mountain Natural Area
This area encompasses several forest communities
including swamp hardwood, hemlock-mixed hardwood and chestnut
oak forest communities. This is a key location for observing
the state endangered red-shouldered hawk, with a 360-degree
view of the surrounding northern highlands.
|Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural
Area (399 acres)
The topography of this ravine is one of high
relief with 300-foot increases in elevation from Doublekill
Creek to surrounding hills. The hemlock-mixed hardwood forest
provides a cool shady break for hikers on the Appalachian
Trail, which is located along the western boundary of the
|Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area
This natural area features an Atlantic white
cedar swamp, mixed oak-hardwood forest and a glacially formed
spring-fed lake and is habitat for the red-shouldered hawk,
barred owl and great blue heron. Visitors may choose from
several trails, including a scenic walk around Laurel Pond.
Wawayanda State Park consists of over 60
miles of well marked trails. The trails are not ADA
A 20-mile section of the Appalachian Trail follows the varied terrain of the park. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. White blazes mark this narrow and sometimes very rocky trail.
Along Wawayanda Mountain are outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. The 70-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail within New Jersey is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. A brochure regarding New Jersey's portion of the trail is available at the park office.
In addition to the Appalachian Trail, there are more than 60 miles of marked trails within Wawayanda State Park. The varied terrain and natural features offer equal opportunities for both the casual and experienced hikers.
Alcohol is prohibited.
A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:
- If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.
- If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.
Pet Friendly Campsites please click here for details on sites that are designated Pet Friendly, license and innoculation paperwork requirements and additional cost. All 4 group sites are pet friendly.
Group Campsites: Four group sites
with a clivus restroom. Water is not
available at campsites; it must be carried from the main office
building. Open April 1 to October 31. Campsite 1 accommodates up to 15 people. Fee: NJ Resident $30 per night; Non Resident $60 per night. Campsite 2 accommodates up to 35 people. Fee: NJ Resident $70 per night; Non Resident $140 per night. Campsite 3 accommodates up to 25 people. Fee: NJ Resident $50 per night; Non Resident $100 per night. Campsite 4 accommodates up to 10 people. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night; Non Resident $40 per night. Firewood available for purchase at park office.
Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek are stocked with trout and Landlocked Salmon. Other variety of fish found within these waters are: Yellow Perch, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Catfish, Sunfish, Black and White crappies and Bowfin.
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife introduced Landlocked Salmon to Lake Wawayanda to provide anglers with an opportunity to fish for this unique coldwater sport fish close to home. Only a handful of deep lakes in New Jersey have suitable year round habitat for coldwater fish like trout and salmon. Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park also received the Landlocked Salmon.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek annually with trout. The lake is designated a “holdover trout lake.”
Did I catch Trout or Salmon?
Refer to the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's guide to help you distinguish between a trout and a salmon. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.
State Park Service areas open to hunting
Tree Stands and Blinds Policy
Hunting is permitted in designated areas of the park. Deer, grouse, squirrel, turkey, rabbit, raccoon and woodchuck may be hunted with bow and arrow, shotgun and black powder firearms in their appropriate seasons. Hunting is subject to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs seasonally. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.
Picnic areas are located along the north shore of Wawayanda Lake surrounding the lake-oriented activities and are adjacent to the boat house and boat launch facility. Charcoal fires must be confined to the metal grills that are provided at the sites. Visitors may also bring their own grills, which are subject to the approval of a park official. Wood fires are not permitted.
A boat rental facility and launching ramp are located near the beach and picnic areas. Canoes, rowboats (with or without electric motors) and paddleboats may be rented at Wawayanda Lake. Privately owned water craft may be launched. Although sailboats and sailboards are permitted on the lake, there are no rentals available in the park. Gasoline motors are not permitted. Boathouse 973-764-1030.
Boathouse is open from Memorial day weekend through Labor Day weekend weather permitting.
NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Wawayanda Lake at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Swimming from boats is prohibited.
Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming area while lifeguards are on duty. Please check our swimming schedule prior to your visit. Swimming hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Adjacent to the beach visitors can access facilities with changing areas, restrooms, a first-aid station, and a food concession where food and beach supplies may be purchased.
tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted
in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Please be advised all Baptisms and other Religious swimming events require a permit and a reserved date. Please contact the park office (973) 853-4462 for a permit and further information.
At an elevation of 1,140 feet above sea level, Wawayanda State Park receives great accumlations of snow in the winter months. A number of winter activities are permitted on designated trails and various areas within the park, including cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For more information, contact the park office.
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