Worthington State Forest, Columbia

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#26 of 32 in Nature in New Jersey
Worthington State Forest is a state forest located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, just above the water gap, in Warren County, New Jersey. It covers an area of 6,421 acres and stretches for more than seven miles along the Kittatinny Ridge near Columbia. The park offers hiking, camping (including a hike-in, primitive area) and canoeing and kayaking on the Delaware. There are some twenty miles of hiking trails within the park, including seven miles of the Appalachian Trail, which passes through the park. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.The forest is named after Charles Campbell Worthington, who purchased of land of both sides of the Delaware River in 1903 as a hunting reserve. He built Buckwood Lodge, a small mansion, on the side of Kittatinny Ridge, between the river and Sunfish Pond, a small lake higher up the ridge covering. Worthington gave Sunfish Pond the name of Buckwood Lake, and used it as a water supply for his lodge. Worthington hunted deer in what is now the State Forest.
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  • Lots of well marked hiking trails, be sure to pick up a map to know level of hiking. Some trails are strenuous and could be challenging for the inexperienced. Facilities were well kept and clean, even...  more »
  • A very well kept campsite, cheery people checking us in and giving lots of great information on the area, and then a drive to what was a really fantastic campsite. Large areas for your tent, with picn...  more »
  • We come here often and it doesnt disappoint. We found it by accident when we were driving around Northwest NJ. Its just north of interstate 80, so its easy to get to. We like to park here and hike aro...  more »
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  • While the grounds are maintained and they seemed to have fixed some of the pot holes referenced in other reviews, the bathrooms are an issue. I am happy we came during the week, when the campground was mostly empty, as we got a beautiful spot right on the river (#36). If the campground would've been busy, it would've been a little cramped- some spots aren't suitable for a trailer so I would call ahead to make sure. We have an 25' airstream trailer and fit fine in our spot and the view is unbelievable. #37 next to us is also great in view and space. Back to the bathrooms- they need to separate the out-house styled hole-in-the-ground toilets from the showers. I'm sure the combination of the steam from the showers and the feces sitting there all day- in hot weather on top of it), is making this lethal smell. There isn't any ventilation. I understand they aren't going to be prestine but this was another level teetering on unbearable. On the other hand, the view from our spot totally made up for the gross bathroom, I will say. If we would've been at a different spot or if it had been busier, I'm not sure I would've enjoyed our time as much here.
  • So much fun! Large private camp sites if you book early, we had a great weekend! Restroom was clean! Amazing trails!
  • You want to hunt, hike, camp, breathe fresh air. This is the place to be. All seasons.
  • I've stayed here twice and it is a beautiful place. The trails are nice and the view of the sun coming up over the ridge is breath taking.
  • Went camping here for the first time in a decade and was disappointed: the area has declined and been generally neglected. On top of that, lately it's attracting a party crowd because they aren't enforcing the noise rules. Major issue: Deal with the bears and coyotes! I get the impression the park service will keep pretending there's no problem right up until someone is killed and eaten. Ive been camping/backpacking my whole life and was really appalled at how bad Worthington has become with this. The bears (and coyotes) have zero fear and on top of that, the larger numbers of party people are feeding them, all while the park turns a blind eye. This park is a disaster waiting to happen. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Also, the trails need maintenance, the riverside near the campgrounds is not maintained at all, and while some new facilities are really good, many others are literally falling apart and are sanitation hazards. I should be giving this five stars, but can't honestly say that right now! :( if it's a financial issue, know that they could charge 5x and people would still go there, so I'm not sure what the source of the problem is. I grew up camping here and it pains me to criticize. The natural beauty and enjoyable activities are first rate. It's time to start running a tighter ship.

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