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Located along the Pennsylvania–New Jersey state border, and just under a two-hour drive from New York City, Worthington State Forest is the ideal city escape. Equidistant from Allentown and Scranton, PA, Worthington State Forest is a must-visit for anyone that has an RV rental in Warren County.
The land was originally purchased by Charles Campbell Worthington, the person whom the state park is now named after. Worthington originally intended to use the land as a hunting reserve, building a small mansion and lodge on the land. The state of New Jersey bought the land in 1954 and officially established it as a state forest.
Stretching for over seven miles along the Kittatinny Ridge, Worthing State Forest provides visitors with some of the most rugged and scenic wilderness in New Jersey. Experience hiking, canoeing, and kayaking right in the heart of this unique landscape.
RV rental near Worthington State Forest opens up a myriad of opportunities when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Stretching across 6,000 acres of harsh terrain comprising of dense oak forests and a stunning glacial lake, visitors can expect plenty of hiking trails and water activities.
With over 26 miles of hiking trails within the park, a day’s hike is undoubtedly the best way to see the best of Worthington State Forest. One of the most popular hikes is the challenging trail to the top of Mount Tammany that rises 1500 feet above sea level. Once at the top, walkers will be rewarded with a panoramic view over the breathtaking Delaware Water Gap.
For any serious walkers with an RV rental here, there is an opportunity to join the renowned Appalachian Trail. Over seven miles of the trail cuts straight through Worthington State Forest and leads walkers to Stokes State Forest. Whilst on your walks, keep an eye out for the Old Mine Road, one of the earliest roads in the region that was used for transporting copper and slate from the mines and quarries. Those that do choose to do the Appalachian Trail will find themselves wandering past the Sunfish Glacial Lake. This 44-acre glacial lake has been designated as a World Heritage Site, and, surrounded by chestnut oak forest, is well worth a photo stop.
Water activities are not allowed at Sunfish Lake, so head down to the Delaware River to satisfy your fishing urges. Many choose to rent a camper near Worthington State Forest during the Spring Shad Run. This is a yearly phenomenon when the ice starts to melt, and thousands of shad fish begin to move downstream. Waiting along the shore are hundreds of eager fishermen hoping to catch their bounty. Other than this significant event, fishing is popular all year round. Fish from the banks of the river, bring your own boat or rent a kayak to begin fishing. Licenses for fishing are required on all waterways in New Jersey; so don’t forget to do the paperwork first!
For those hoping to camp at Worthington State Forest, there is a large campground found within the park. This is a relatively primitive campground, offering those with rental RV’s the choice of 80 different sites complete with picnic tables and fire rings. None of the sites are equipped with hookups. However, there are modern toilet and shower facilities that are free to use. Sitting right on the banks of the river, consider staying here for a truly relaxing experience. Note that pets and alcohol are strictly forbidden in overnight facilities.
For those that prefer motorhome camping with a few more creature comforts, head to the town of Knowlton where there is plenty of well-stocked RV Parks to choose from. Triple Brooke Camping Resort is one of the most established in the area and just a five-minute drive from Worthington State Forest. This family-friendly RV Park consists of over 200 large campsites, the majority of which have full hookups and accommodate even the largest of vehicles. Consider staying here if you want to bring your pets with you or enjoy a couple of cans after an arduous hike.
RV camping near Worthington State Forest is not just about scenic landscapes and picturesque hikes. There is also a lot to explore in the surrounding area.
Visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve to learn all there is to know about this vanishing species. The friendly and informative staff here offer guided tours of their grounds, including the opportunity to get up, close and personal with four different packs of wolves. The tours themselves are lead by the two owners, the very people who have cared for the wolves in the preserve. Learn about the wolves’ lives in the wild and the efforts made at the preserve to protect these endangered species. Make sure to call ahead to book on to the tours, as the preserve does not operate to conventional opening times.
For those familiar with the works of Frank Frazetta, and even those who aren’t, the Frazetta Art Museum is well worth a few hours of your time. Frazetta was a notable American fantasy and science fiction artist known for his comic book drawings, books covers, and posters. This art museum gives the public access to the largest collection of Frazetta original works in the world. Choose to go on a guided tour that is led by Frazetta’s grandson himself or, take time to learn about Frazetta’s life and his artwork through a leisurely self-guided tour of the museum.
For a more family-friendly activity, visit the Quiet Valley Living Historical Museum. Through period dressed interpreters and a well-designed set, the museum aims to preserve 19th century Pennsylvanian German agricultural heritage. The impressive site stretches across 100 acres of pasture, consisting of historical farmhouses and animal barns. Get involved in one of the interactive demonstrations or play with the various farm animals and start to imagine life as it was over one hundred years ago.