Sussex County Chamber

Parks & Trails

Parks and Trails

SPECIAL NOTICE - Mountain Creek offering Free Parking and Shuttle Rides to Appalachian Trail Heads
During the month of October, Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ is offering a free shuttle service aimed at easing parking congestion by destination day-hikers at the two main Appalachian Trail trail heads, the Boardwalk on Route 517 and the ''Stairway to Heaven'' on Route 94 across from Heaven Hill Farm. The free shuttle will circulate a continuous loop from Red Tail Lodge to each of the trailheads every Saturday and Sunday plus Columbus Day from 10am-6pm for the month of October. Hikers are asked to park in the resort main Cobblestone Village lot and cross the pedestrian bridge for pick up in front of the Red Tail Lodge.

Sussex County Trail Guide (PDF Map)

There is a vast network of public access, multi-use trails in Sussex County offering opportunities for walking, running, road and mountain biking, horseback riding, and bird watching. Our rail/trail guide combines all of these trails into one complete visitor guide/map.

Information on the Great Valley Trail

Information on the Paulinskill Valley Trail

Information on the Sussex Branch Trail

Sussex County Farm Visits
Sussex County is New Jersey's Greenest County. Click here to find agricultural enterprises that offer products or services to the public. Whether you seek seasonal farm fresh produce, the opportunity to pick your own vegetables, cut your own Christmas tree, enjoy a horseback ride, purchase flowers, honey, eggs, value added products, local meat and wine or simply to take an enjoyable drive through our rural countryside, you can find it in Sussex County.

Sussex County's State Parks

The word “park” seems a little tame when describing some of Sussex County's beautiful, wild open, natural spaces. Most of our parks offer year round recreational activities ranging from relaxing to adventurous. Visit them all! You can even purchase a State Park Pass (available to residents and non-residents). 

HIGH POINT STATE PARK – Located in the extreme northwest corner of Sussex County along the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, this park of 15,000 acres includes the highest point in New Jersey (1,803 feet above sea level). Facilities provide for swimming, boat launching, picnicking, hiking (Appalachian Trail), fishing, camping, cabins. The High Point Monument dominates the summit affording a panoramic view of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The High Point State Park Monument is 220 feet tall. Kuser Natural Area, Interpretive Programs, hiking trails available all year. Winter sports include x-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, ice skating. Address: 1480 State Rt. 23, Sussex, NJ 07461 973-875-4800 High Point Cross Country Ski Center, 973-702-1222, located within High Point State Park and offers groomed trails, snowmaking, lessons and rentals, limited sales and food. E-Mail:

HOPATCONG STATE PARK – Located on Lake Hopatcong, at the southern most end of Sussex County. The Park is 112 acres in area. The Park provides facilities for picnicking, bathing, fishing and boating. Address: PO Box 8519, Landing, NJ 07850-8519 973-398-7010.

KITTATINNY VALLEY STATE PARK -Includes 3,350 acres primarily located in Andover Borough and Township. The State Park includes the Andover-Aeroflex Airport, which is operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service. There are facilities for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on the Park’s dirt roads and old logging trails. There is also fishing and hunting. The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are part of the Park and the NJ State Trails System. Address: PO Box 621, Andover, NJ 07821 973-786-6445 E-Mail:

STOKES STATE FOREST – Located on the famous Kittatinny Ridge this 15,734 acre forest is typical of the finest mountain country that New Jersey has to offer. There are facilities for swimming, picnicking, hiking (Appalachian Trail and others), camping, fishing and hunting. Address: 1 Coursen Road, Branchville, NJ 07826 973-948-3820

SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK – A large portion of this 2,280 acre State Park located in Sussex County is comprised of two lakes which offer great recreational opportunities in a natural environment. The park is well known for its excellent fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping facilities. In addition to several miles of natural trails, there is a one-mile long handicap accessible paved trail through a mature forest. Address: Swartswood State Park, PO Box 123, Swartswood, NJ 07877-0123 973-383-5230.

WAWAYANDA STATE PARK – Located in the northeast corner of Sussex & Passaic Counties, in Vernon & West Milford Townships, this 20,000 acre mountain woodland tract has excellent fishing and may be enjoyed in the 255 acre Lake Wawayanda. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent, and facilities for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and bathing are open to the public, as well as the Wawayanda Iron Furnace and the Appalachian Trail. Swimming Memorial Day to Labor Day in guarded swimming area and fishing and hunting with NJ licenses. Address: 885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421 973-853-4462 FAX 973-853-1383