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Best New Jersey State Parks to Visit in the Winter


The Top Choices Include the Highest Point in the State and Two Parks with Sections of the Appalachian Trail.

High Point State Park

Located in the northwest corner of New Jersey, the 14,193-acre High Point State Park offers outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. During the winter months, visitors can access the High Point Cross-Country Ski Center, which offers cross-country skiers more than nine miles of groomed trails, suitable for beginners to experts. Half of the trails are covered by artificial snow. The park also includes special trails for children and for handicapped skiers, and a five-mile trail designated for snowshoeing. Cross-country skis and other winter sports equipment are available for rent.

In remembrance of fallen war heroes, the park features a 220-foot monument, situated atop the highest point in the state. From 1,803 feet above sea level, visitors can see dozens of miles in every direction and are treated to a spectacular panorama of forest, farmland, hills and valleys in three states -- New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Stokes State Forest

The 15,735-acre forest is situated along New Jersey's Kittatinny Ridge between High Point State Park and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It offers opportunities for year-round camping, with 77 tent and trailer camping sites that include fire rings and picnic tables, as well as 10 leantos with flush toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables nearby. Winter sports include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling. Stokes State Forest includes 12 miles of the Appalachian Trail, including a panoramic view from the top of Sunrise Mountain, 1,653 feet above sea level.

Wawayanda State Park

The 13,422-acre park is located in the northeastern corner of Sussex County. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked in the park. Opportunities for winter sports include cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling. Wawayanda features three natural areas -- Bearfort Mountain, Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine, and Wawayanda Swamp -- totaling nearly 3,900 areas and including mixed hardwood forests.

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