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Round Valley
Recreation Area

Mailing Address:
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road Lebanon, NJ 08833-3115
Office: (908) 236-6355
Fax: (908) 236-6623

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 37’ 21.93” N 74° 51' 18.13" W

Size: 3,684 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
Non-Resident
 
$ 5.00
$10.00
weekdays
$10.00
$20.00
weekends
$ 2.00
$ 2.00
walk-in/bicycle
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
motorcycle
Link to the Related Fees page 

Directions:
Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, follow signs to the park.

Take I-78 east to
exit 18 (Route 22 east), follow signs to the park.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
 

 

The brisk blue waters of Round Valley Reservoir attract swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout.

Round Valley is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. The campers' parking lot is three miles away from the nearest site, reachable by a steep and rugged trail. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months.

Keep Your Recreation Area Clean

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.

Park Hours

November - February: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Monday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Office Hours

November - March: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April - October: Daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Winter Advisory

November 26, 2014: Round Valley Recreation Area is closed due to snowy weather conditions.

Park Maps

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Trails

There are three marked trails at Round Valley: the Cushetunk Trail, which accesses the campsites, the Pine Tree Trail and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail. All trails are accessed from the South Parking Lot within the Day-use Area. Trails are opened year-round. Visitors should plan their trail activities so that they will be out of the park by closing and are reminded to stay on the path. Wandering off causes erosion, damage to vegetation and may, in some areas, result in trespassing onto private property. Fires are not permitted along the trails. Pets must be leashed at all times, and owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Drinking water is available along the lower service road located in the campground.

The nine-mile Cushetunk Trail and the three-mile lower service road are multi-use trails that pass through open and heavily wooded areas. The Cushetunk trail surface is rugged, rocky and steep in places which makes it more suitable for experienced hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Users must follow the same trail back as it ends at the Water Supply Authority's Restricted Area and therefore, has no outlet.

The Pine Tree Trail is approximately a one mile loop and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail is 1/2 mile loop. They pass through pinewoods and are ideal for young children, birdwatchers, and seniors. The Pine Tree Trail connects the day-use area with Division of Fish and Wildlife property.

There is a fourth unmarked water trail that is approximately 1 1/2 miles. You can access it from the campers boat launch area.

There are no trails that completely circle the reservoir.

Be aware of the park hours, so that you may plan your hiking or biking trip accordingly. Please be sure to be out of the park before it closes.

Camping
Camping Advisory

Campers drinking water is available near site 8 and 78.  All other wells and spigots are closed.  Wells do get tested for safe drinking water per the NJ Health Department Regulations.

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. Transaction fees apply.

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 page

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.

Campers must check-in at the park office by 4:00 p.m

Wilderness: Wilderness family campsites 85 wilderness tent sites with fire rings (no trailers and no vehicle access), drinking water and pit toilets are within walking distance. Access to campsites by boat, canoe, or backpacking. Three-to six-mile hike from parking lot and from most facilities including swimming area. Each family site accommodates up to 6 people. Open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $17 per night; Non-Residents: $22 per night.

Group wilderness campsites: Eight group wilderness sites with fire rings. Running water and pit toilets are within walking distance. Each group site accommodates up to 25 people. Open April 1 through October 31. 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.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
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Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

Fishing

There are 19 species of fish inhabiting Round Valley Reservoir, including largemouth and smallmouth bass. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked annually and lake trout are abundant. The Division of Fish and Wildlife manages the reservoir as a trophy lake. Anglers must follow the posted special fishing regulations that apply. Fishing is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations. Fishing is prohibited in the swimming area and a valid NJ fishing license is required.

Homeowners Firewood Program

The Homeowners Firewood Program has been expanded to include park areas that sustained tree damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Fallen trees will be marked and made available to individuals as part of this program. Anyone interested in obtaining firewood must complete the below application form and pay the applicable $25 per cord fee.This program will be available until the supply is exhausted. Please contact the park office to reserve a cutting period and for additional information.

Homeowners Firewood Program Application form*

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2014-2015

Waterfowl may be hunted at Round Valley Recreation Area on a seasonal basis. Please contact the park office for guidelines. Waterfowl hunting is permitted by boat only and is subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Interpretive Programs

The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs throughout the year. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.

Picnicking

There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area the visitor will find tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

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Bus Group Reservations

Round Valley Group Bus Reservation Rules and Regulations (pdf)
Round Valley Group Bus Reservation Application Form (pdf)
Round Valley Group Bus Reservation Application Form (Word document)
Round Valley Group Bus Manifest (pdf)
Round Valley Group Bus Manifest (Word document)

Boating

A public boat launch is located north of the day use area, which is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, motor boats (up to 10 horsepower) and three chambered inflatable vessels are permitted on the reservoir and must be registered through Motor Vehicle if over 12 feet in length. NJ Boating Rules & Regulations pertain to Round Valley Reservoir at all times. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

A Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit must be obtained through the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to access the reservoir at the public boat launch, or a copy of your fishing, hunting or trapping license must be placed on the dash board of your vehicle.

Swimming

Swimming is permitted at Round Valley in the Day-use Area only from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while lifeguards are on duty. Swimming is not allowed in the main reservoir. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing areas, restrooms, showers, a first-aid station, and a concession building where food and beach supplies are available for purchase. Grilling is prohibited along the beachfront. There are two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront. Inner 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.

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Scuba and Skin Diving

Water clarity and rich aquatic life make Round Valley Reservoir one of the best freshwater lakes in New Jersey for scuba and skin diving. Diving is permitted from April 1st through October 31st depending on water conditions. Scuba divers must be certified. All divers are required to register at the area office, have a dive buddy, inflatable vest and a dive flag. Divers must check-in prior to, and checkout after, each dive.

Related Links

Round Valley Trout Association
Water Supply Authority
Hunterdon County Park System

 

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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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