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Covering only 805 acres, Stephens State Park is by no means the biggest state park in New Jersey, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty. History enthusiasts will be able to find the remains of one of the Morris Canal locks, as well as a section of the old towpath, offering an insight into what the area was once used for. The original 90-mile canal was used to ship coal and iron across the state.
Stephens State Park runs along the Upper Musconetcong River and is operated by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. Outdoor lovers come from all over the state and even further afield to rent an RV in Morris County and explore this beautiful state park and the neighboring towns of Hackettstown, NJ, Netcong, NJ, and Stroudsburg, PA.
Stephens State Park is a very popular destination for recreational trout fishing, thanks to the Musconetcong River that runs through it. This excellent freshwater fishing spot winds its way around the many boulders and rocks of the area. During the spring, the Division of Fish and Wildlife stock the river with brown, brook, and rainbow trout, so there are a few options for those that choose to go camping with an RV here.
When you don't want to fish but still want to make use of the river, boating is another enjoyable option. Both electrical and gas motors are allowed on the river, as are smaller boats such as canoes and kayaks. Heading down the river is one of the best ways to see the scenery of the area with relatively little effort, with plenty of miles to explore.
There are a number of picnic sites located all along the river, which provide a scenic spot for a bite to eat. You may even be able to see some of the wildlife that calls the river their home. Charcoal grills are also provided for those that fancy cooking their lunch. After a bite to eat, one enjoyable activity is exploring one of the six trails that run through the park either on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback. There is a two-mile section of the Highlands Trail that runs through the state park, which is a good hike for those that rent a camper near Stephens State Park.
Motorhome camping is available directly in the park, offering easy access to the many trails and the river. However, these state park RV campgrounds are best suited to smaller trailers, so if you have a big rig, you may be better off using one of the bigger campsites nearby. There are 40 sites altogether, all of which have fire rings and picnic tables, ideal for alfresco dining. The flush toilets are easily accessible, making for a basic yet comfortable camping experience.
For those that want a more resort-like stay when renting an RV, there are plenty of options in the surrounding area; Fla-Net Park is a good option. Clean and modern, it is a no thrills campground that still offers all you need. Campsites are big rig friendly and offer full hookups with 30, 50 amp service. There is a swimming pool in the summer months, as well as picnic tables and fire rings.
Waterloo Village is one of the closest attractions to the park and will appeal to visitors of all ages. Upon entering, you'll be transported back in time to the time of a bustling port which once thrived on the Morris Canal, to a 400-year-old Indian Village. You can enter the many reconstructed building here such as a working mill complex, general store, blacksmith, and many others. You'll be surprised at how much you have learned at the end of your trip.
If you don't mind a little drive, the busy city of New York is just an hour's drive away. The city has so much to offer, and you could spend days in the city without getting bored. You could spend a day heading to all of the biggest tourist sites the sort holds, such as trip up the empire state building to see the city sprawled out below you, a boat ride out to Staten Island or the Statue of Liberty or head to Times Square and be in the center of it all.
The city is also known for its shopping, with streets and streets of shops, from your regular high street shops to more upmarket shops. The judge department stores like Macy's are also worth a look. After all that shopping, you could rest your legs with a picnic at Central Park or hit up the vibrant bar and restaurant scene. In the city that never sleeps, you'll always find something to do.