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Voorhees State Park

Location:251 County Road Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

Mailing Address:
c/o Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ 08809
(908) 638-8572

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 41’ 45.53” N 74° 53' 13.68" W

Size: 1,336 acres

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

Directions:
From New York or north Jersey: Take Route 78 west to exit 17, merge with Route 31 north. At second traffic light, make a right onto 513 north through High Bridge. Follow signs to the park.

From Pennsylvania and western New Jersey: Take I-78 east to exit 16, cross Route 78 to traffic light. Proceed through traffic light. At stop sign turn left, merge onto Route 31 north. At second light on Route 31 north turn right on Route 513 through High Bridge. Follow signs to park.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Exercise parcourse
 

 

Voorhees, like Parvin State Park, served as a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) - Franklin Roosevelt’s program to get people back to work during the Depression. The CCC planted trees and constructed shelters, picnic sites and trails throughout the park. Two overlooks provide scenic views of Round Valley Reservoir and Spruce Run Reservoir.

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.

Park Hours

Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Office Hours: the office is temporarily closed. Camping reservations and other information regarding Voorhees State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.
Note: Campgrounds open yearly from April 1 through October 31.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) History at Voorhees

From 1933-1941 about one thousand young men worked at Voorhees and Hacklebarney in a Depression-era federal agency known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was the brainchild of one of the 20th century’s leading figures, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The agency had two goals: to give jobs to unemployed young men, between the ages of 17 and 24 and veterans of World War I, and to undertake thousands of conservation projects across the nation in parks, forests and at historic sites.

When the CCC boys arrived at Voorhees in 1933, they found three relatively undeveloped parcels of land. The park still reflected Governor Voorhees’ use of the property as a farm including pastures, woodland, barns and an apple orchard. By the time the CCC boys were finished working eight years later, under the supervision of the National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Army, they had built the present-day road systems, shelters, latrines, visitor amenities, and trail systems or major public access areas that still remain or are used in different ways today.

Each CCC company had 200 men, although that number was not always maintained. The CCC camp at Voorhees was initially known as Camp #20 or Camp Voorhees. Later it was given the designation of SP#5 with Company 1268 assigned to it. SP designated State Park and the company number coincided with the Army Corps district.

CCC boys were paid $30 a month and $25 was automatically sent home to family members or guardians for their support. The boys were paid $2.50 every other week. For many enrollees at Voorhees, the CCC provided vocation and avocational classes. The education program was known as “The School of the Woods” and included job training, current events and access to a camp library.

The staff of Voorhees State Park continues to pursue learning about their CCC history. All former enrollees or surviving family members of Company 1268 are encouraged to contact the park office at 908-638-6969.

Additionally, in an effort to show our appreciation to the enrollees of CCC Company 1268, Voorhees is planning to erect a life-sized bronze statue of a CCC worker at the entrance of Company Street. This statue would commemorate the outstanding work of the CCC throughout this great country during the years of 1933 to 1943. Contact the Voorhees State Park main office at 908-638-6969 to learn more about how to be a part of this effort!

CCC history courtesy of
Peter Osborne, author
Images of America: Hacklebarney and Voorhees State Parks.

Observatory

In 1965, the New Jersey Astronomical Association built an observatory on land leased from the state. The 26-inch Newtonian reflector telescope is one of the largest privately owned telescopes in New Jersey. The public is invited to explore the night sky at skywatching programs that are offered year round by the NJAA. For further information, call (908) 638-8500.


Trails

Voorhees has 7 trails that are suitable for a wide range of abilities and interests. All trails in the park are multi-use except the Cross Park Trail and the Parcourse Circuit, which are footpaths only. The trails range from wide and graveled to rocky and steep in places; the parcourse is accessible for people with disabilities.

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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.

VOORHEES STATE PARK CAMPGROUND RESTROOM AND SHOWER FACILITY IS CLOSED.  There will be portable toilets provided, an operational dishwashing station, and potable water access on site.  Showers are available at the nearby Spruce Run Recreation Area campground.

Campsites: 47 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables are available. Modern toilets and showers are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station is open April 1 through October 31. Campsites open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night
Non-Residents: $25 per night.

Group campsites: Two group sites; capacity: 50 campers each. Picnic tables, fire rings, toilets, showers. 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.

Shelters: Three shelters. Cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Sites include a fire ring and picnic table. Open April 1 through October 31. New Jersey Residents: $48 per night; Non-Residents: $60 per night. To view a picture of the shelters click here.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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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.

Picnicking

Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups, we also offer three reservable picnic areas with shelters. Area A and Area B can accommodate 100 people each. Area C can accommodate 75 people. They may be reserved for a fee:

New Jersey Resident $125 per day.

Non-Resident $175 per day.

April 1st thru October 31st
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

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 Spruce Run Recreation Area office at (908) 638-8572 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

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to 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.

 

Related Links

New Jersey Astronomical Association

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is there fishing in the park? There is Bass and Bluegill fishing available in several small ponds in the park.
Is there swimming in the park? There is no swimming allowed at Voorhees State Park. However, Spruce Run Recreation Area will permit registered Voorhees campers to use their beach and swim facilities.
Is hunting permitted in the park? Hunting is permitted in several areas throughout the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Are pets allowed in the park? Dogs are allowed in the day use area of the park. They must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the campground at any time.
When is the Observatory open? The New Jersey Astronomical Association operates the observatory. For days and hours of operation please call the NJAA at (908) 638-8500.


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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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