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 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.
Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Advisory for Appalachian Trail hikers in the Pochuck Mountain area: Please be advised that the water source located off Lake Walkill Road has tested positive for coliform bacteria. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. The well is being chlorinated and flushed, and more information will follow regarding subsequent testing.
|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 2013 season, the gate will be opening on Friday, May 24th at 10 a.m.
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|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.
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
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.
Group Campsites: Three group sites
with a clivus restroom; Seven person minimum. Water is not
available at campsites; it must be carried from the main office
building. Open April 1 through October 31. Firewood available for purchase at park office. 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.
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 for 2013-2014
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.
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.
From Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, while lifeguards are on duty, visitors can swim in Lake Wawayanda. 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.
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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