Stokes State Forest
Stokes State Forest
The breathtaking and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain ridges to the west.
For those who don't relish the idea of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive to the pavilion at the top of the mountain.
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.
Campsites: 51 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Some camping areas available all year.
Nine group sites with fire rings and picnic tables; capacity varies. Open April 1 - Oct. 31. Lean-tos: Nine 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. Open April 1 - Dec. 15.
From the Saturday before Memorial Day through and including Labor Day cabins must be reserved for seven or 14 consecutive nights only. From April 1 to the Friday before Memorial Day and from the day after Labor Day through Oct. 31, cabins may be reserved for a minimum of two consecutive nights to a maximum of 14 consecutive nights.
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. Accommodates people with disabilities. Open April 1 - Dec. 15.
Group Cabin 16: Accommodates 12. Facilities are the same as Cabin 15 and includes two sleeping areas, two full bathrooms and a fireplace. Open April 15 - Nov. 30.
Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted to the park's wild setting. Facilities and activities include Sunrise Mountain scenic overlook, Tillman Ravine Natural Area, camping, fishing (lakes, ponds and the flatbrook), hunting, picnicking, boating / canoeing, cartop launch.
Swimming is available at Stony Lake, bathhouse. Winter sports include cross- country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing. Trails available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and the Appalachian Trail.