and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian
Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side
of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland
of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain
ridges to the west. For those who don’t relish the idea
of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes
rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive
to the pavilion at the top of the mountain.
Stokes is famous for its impressive beauty,
whether it is at the top of a mountain ridge or in the cool
and fragrant Tillman Ravine with its rushing stream and steep
cliffs. Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted
to its wild setting.
Keep Your Forest 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.
Sunrise Mountain Road may be closed to vehicular traffic from December 15 through March 15 or at any other time when there are hazardous conditions due to weather.
Other seasonal roads within Stokes State Forest that may be closed from December 15 through March 15 or at any other time when there are hazardous conditions due to weather include:
Struble Road (just before Tillman’s Ravine)
You can call the park office between the hours of 8:00 am and 4 for a status on road closures 973-948-3820.
Open daily sunrise to sunset. Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year we are looking forward to lots of summer fun with kayak rentals and archery programs offered on the weekends. Check with the Forest Office for more information.
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The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the
most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The
mountaintop provides a breathtaking view at an elevation of
1,653 feet above sea level. The thin soil and harsh climate
characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment
in which few plants can survive. Mountain laurel, wild blueberry,
pitch pine and scrub oak are among the natural vegetation
found throughout the area. The pavilion at the summit was
built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Trail runs along the ridge.
Tillman Ravine Natural Area(525 acres)
This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock
is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing
waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this
spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns
clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened
barred owl and other endangered species.
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.
A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:
If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.
If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.
Pet Friendly Campsites please click here for details on sites that are designated Pet Friendly, license and innoculation paperwork requirements and additional cost. Pet friendly sites are family campsites #121-137.
Campsites: 82 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Some camping areas available all year. Fee: NJ Resident: $20 per night; Non Resident: $25 per night. Accommodates up to 6 people, including children.
Steam Mill Camping Area - 27 tent and pop-up camper sites with an artisan well for water and pit toilets. All sites have a picnic table, fire rings and lantern hooks. Fee: NJ Resident: $20 per night; Non-Resident: $25 per night.
Group campsites: Nine group
sites with fire rings and picnic tables.
Campsites A, B, C, D, E, and F accommodate up to 30 people. Open April 1 to October 31. Fee: NJ Resident $60 per night; Non Resident $120 per night. Campsite G accommodates up to 65 people. Fee: NJ Resident $130 per night; Non Resident $260 per night. Campsite H accommodates up to 10 people. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night; Non Resident $40 per night. Campsite I accommodates up to 45 people. Fee: NJ Resident $90 per night; Non Resident $180 per night.
Horseshoe pits have been added to the group campsites and one location at Lake Ocquittunk. Please bring your own horseshoes and spikes.
Lean-tos: Nine enclosed lean-tos with
fire rings and picnic tables. Approximate dimensions are 10' x 12' and have a wood stove inside for heat. Open year round. Fee: NJ Resident $35 per night;
Non Resident $40 per night. Accommodates up to 6 people, including children.
Cabins: Ten furnished cabins
each with wood stove; two single beds; one double-deck bunk;
kitchen with cold and hot running water, refrigerator, electric
stove; half-bath with toilet and sink. Electric lights. Each
accommodates four people. With prior permission from the superintendent,
two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are adjacent
to Lake Ocquittunk. Open from April 1 to December 15.
Fee: NJ Resident $55 per night; $385 per week;
Non Resident $65 per night; $455 per week.
Wood is not provided. You can buy it at the park office for $7 a bag. You need to bring sheets, towels and cooking utensils. There are no small appliances such as a coffee maker, toaster or microwave. Outside the cabins there is a picnic table, fire ring and charcoal grill.
From the Friday before Memorial Day through and including Labor Day, cabins must be reserved for seven or fourteen consecutive nights only. From April 1st to the Friday before Memorial Day and from the day after Labor Day through October 31st, cabins may be reserved for a minimum of two consecutive nights to a maximum of fourteen consecutive nights.
Cabins 7 & 12 Accommodates eight people. Facilities are the same as listed above, except they include a shower and hot and cold running water. Cabin 7 has a fireplace and Cabin 12 has a wood stove. Accommodates people with disabilities. Located 1/2 mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 1 to December 15. Fee: NJ Resident $100 per night; $700 per week; Non Resident $110 per night; $770 per week.
Group Cabin 13: Accommodates twelve people. Facilities includes two sleeping areas and two full bathrooms and a Fireplace. Located one mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 1 through November 30. Fee: NJ Resident $140 per night; $980 per week; Non Resident $150 per night; $1,050 per week.
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.
Stocked annually by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Big Flatbrook and its tributaries provide some of the best trout fishing in New Jersey. Lake Ocquittunk and Stony Lake also are stocked with trout. The majority of the forest is open to hunting. Both fishing and hunting at Stokes State
Forest are subject to the New
Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
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.
Stokes State Forest offers 2 picnic areas Stony Lake and Kittle Field. The Group Picnic Area at Kittle Field has a capacity
of 100 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground
equipment. It may be reserved for a fee.
Reserving the shelter at Kittle Field does not guarantee the exclusive use of all picnic tables, grills, parking spaces, playground, sports field and/or sanitary facilities at Kittle Field.
Rental of the shelter at Kittle Field gives you and your group exclusive use of the shelter, picnic tables within the shelter, two large steel pedestal charcoal grills outside the shelter and 4 picnic tables outside the shelter.
The Stony Lake picnic area has 45 tables with adjacent grills located next to the swimming area. This area is not reservable.
New Jersey Resident $55
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
Day weekend through Labor Day
New Jersey Resident $80
After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day
percent of Fee
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
Small boats with electric motors are only permitted on the waters of Lake Ocquittunk and are subject to all applicable boating laws. There is no boat ramp.
Swimming is permitted in Stony Lake from
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty.
Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area,
restrooms a first-aid station and picnic facilities. 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.
Horseshoe pits have been added to the Stony Lake beach area. Please bring your own horseshoes and spikes.
A 12.5-mile section of the Applachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. White blazes mark this narrow and sometimes very rocky trail. A brochure is available regarding New Jersey's portion of the trail at the park office.
Along Kittatinny Mountain are outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. Sunrise Mountain offers scenic vistas of the Kittatinny Valley to the east and the Delaware River Valley to the west.
In addition to the Applachian Trail, there are more than 33 miles of marked trails within Stokes State Forest. Trails vary in length from one half mile to four miles, and over terrains ranging from flat lowlands to rocky mountains. Many of the trails connect, offering the hiker a variety of trips from an hour to a full day.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
I rent equipment at Stokes State Forest?
Stokes does not
rent any equipment. All equipment must be provided
by the patron, i.e. boats, horses, bikes, etc.