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Stephens State Park

Mailing Address:
800 Willow Grove St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3790

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 52’ 09.06” N 74° 48' 36.00" W

Size: 805 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Willow Grove Street (Route 604), 2 miles east of Hackettstown or 7.5 miles west of Route 206 on Waterloo Road (Route 604).

Fisherman Ron Wright proudly displays an 8 lb rainbow trout

 

 

 

Fisherman Ron Wright proudly displays an 8 lb rainbow trout

 

 

 

 

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
 

 

The Musconetcong River, an excellent freshwater fishing spot, flows over and around boulders through Stephens State Park. An easy walking, but rocky path follows the river with places for picnicking in shaded areas.

Less than one mile east along Waterloo Road at Saxton Falls are the remains of one of the Morris Canal’s twenty-three locks and a section of the old canal’s towpath. The original canal was 90 miles in length, stretching from Newark to Phillipsburg, and was used to ship coal and iron across the state. However, the canal could not compete with the development of the Morris and Essex Railroad in the late 1800s, and the canal was eventually abandoned.

Picnicking Camping Trails Fishing Hunting Boating Rock Climbing
Keep Your Park 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.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Stephens State Park facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office at (908) 852-3790 for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until the end of May
End of May until end of August - Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winter Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Stephens State Park map

Trails

There are six miles of marked trails at Stephens State Park for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail surfaces range from flat to steep and rocky.

A 2-mile section of the Highlands Trail runs the length of Stephens State Park.

Camping

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. 

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.

Campsites:
Forty tent and small trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and showers are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night; Non-Residents: $25 per night.

Camping Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Camping Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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Shower facilities to be completed during the 2011 season.

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

The Musconetcong River provides excellent trout fishing. During the spring the Division of Fish and Wildlife stock the Musconetcong River with brown, rainbow and brook trout. Fly fishing is a popular activity.

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 Hopatcong park office at (973) 398-7010 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 2013-2014

More then 470 acres are open to hunting at Stephens State Park. Fishing and hunting are subject to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Interpretive Programs

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

Rock Climbing

The Rock Climbing area is located near Waterloo Village on Waterloo Road A waiver is Required. Contact park office for specific information.

Download the Rock Climbing Waiver
*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Boating

Electric motors and gas motors boats are allowed to be on the Musconetcong River. Each person must have on a wearable Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Picnicking

Picnic sites are available along the scenic Musconetcong River and at the upper picnic area. Tables, charcoal grills and sanitary facilities are provided. Playground equipment and a small open play field are available at the upper picnic area. All picnic facilities are on a first come first serve basis, except for the group picnic shelter which can be reserved. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

For larger groups, we also offer a Group Picnic Shelter. It may be reserved for a fee:

New Jersey Resident $80 per day

Non-Resident $90 per day


Open year round
50 percent of Fee
Group Picnic Cancellation Fee

• Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.

Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.

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

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Related Links

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FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I obtain a permit for alcohol? No alcohol is permitted in ANY New Jersey State Park. Permits are not available.
Do I need a fishing license? Yes. All visitors have to abide by Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Do you have cabins? Stephens State Park only provides family campsites.


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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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