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The forested hills that surround Wawayanda State Park make it an appealing place for a rural escape in New Jersey. Spanning 16,679 acres, there is plenty of room for everyone to explore the wild side of the state. The beauty lies in the rough and rugged terrain, and the variety of flora and fauna that sits atop bedrock that is 1150 million years old. The park appeals to hikers, climbers, boaters, and fishermen, as well as those who are just looking to relax. Search for an RV in Sussex County and see what all the fuss is about.

Wawayanda State Park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and is home to some incredible creatures such as the great blue heron and barred owl. Points of interest inside the park include the Wawayanda Mountain and Wawayanda Lake, both of which are used for recreational purposes. For those that like to mix up a break with urban life as well as the great outdoors, Hamburg, North Milford, and New Milford are all nearby.

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Getting Outdoors

When it comes to walking, Wawayanda State Park is a hiker’s dream, with over 60 miles of trail winding their way around the landscape. The Appalachian Trail runs through the park for just over 19 miles, so whether you want to tackle the whole length from Maine to Georgia or just want to pick out a smaller section, views of the Wawayanda State Park can be enjoyed along the way. In addition to this huge trail, there are also another 40 marked trails within the park offering opportunities for both novice and experienced hikers thanks to the varied terrain.

Don't miss out on the chance to boat on one of the most beautiful lakes in New Jersey when camping at Wawayanda State Park. Wawayanda Lake sits within the park. Here you'll find a boat launching facility and boat ramp for easy access to the water. If you don't have your own boat, then you can pick up a canoe, rowboats, or paddleboat, while private sailboats and sailboards are also permitted. This is a lovely way to spend some time, especially if when motorhome camping with family or friends. The lake is big enough for everyone to enjoy the waters and explore the shores.

A great way to relax at the park is picnicking and swimming, especially if the weather is nice during your time at Wawayanda State Park camping. Picnic areas are located all the way along the north shore of the lake, offering dining with a view. Metal grills are also provided here, which many families make use of for BBQs. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty at certain areas, and this is when visitors are allowed to swim. There are plenty of facilities here such as restrooms, changing areas, and food concession stand, and many people like nothing more than spending the day at the beach.

Camping at Wawayanda State Park

Camping is possible in the state park RV campgrounds; however, it only offers group camping. For RV camping, there are many locations around Wawayanda State Park, such as Pleasant Farm Acres. The campground is unique in the fact that it has been built on a real, working farm. Visitors are able to enjoy old fashioned hayrides, pet baby animals, milk cows, shear sheep, and more. Ideal for those that love the country, this RV park gives a truly rural experience. There are shaded, sunny, and semi-shaded sites, with full hookups on every site.

Another option for your rental RV is Black Bear Campground, a full-service campground that is open throughout the year. Amenities include a large playground for the kids and a swimming pool which is heated. There is space to accommodate even the largest of RVs, which are full hookups with 20, 30, 50 amp service, free WiFi, bathrooms, showers, a camp store, and more, all that's needed to have a truly restful camping experience.

Exploring the Area

When staying at Wawayanda State Park, you'll only be an hour away from Manhattan. The city is so full of things to do. There really is something for everyone in the city that never sleeps. One of the most popular tourist activities is to take the elevator up to the top of the towering Empire State Building, which offers an incredible view out over the surrounding city. Before you head to the observation deck, be sure to have a walk around the small museum, which will tell you more about the history of the city and the creation of one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.

Another great thing to do is to take a boat ride out around the harbor. This will give you some incredible views of the skyline and a close up of another of New York's landmarks, the Statue of Liberty. There are so many companies offering tours, and you'll be spoilt for choice. Should you still have a bit of time, why not check out Central Park, and on warmer days, rent a boat to go out on the small lake or get a horse and carriage ride around the winding paths. This is also a great place to people watch.

When you don't want to stray too far from the park, another great attraction nearby is the Pure Terror Screampark, a venue not for the faint-hearted! It is the world's longest, overall horror attraction. It offers nine different haunted house attractions all in one place, each offering a very different type of scare. Expect live actors, incredible movie quality sets, special effects, and more.

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