Worthington State Forest, Columbia

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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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  • Stumbled upon the "old mine road". Nice trail, at times difficult to follow.
  • This is an amazing state park. Great views, right on the river!
  • Great place for hiking and camping. Near the Delaware River and boating available as well.
  • Nice hiking area. Pretty intense if you are not in shape.
  • This forest contains a lot of interesting abandoned buildings and cemeteries from when the area was supposed to be put underwater by a canceled dam project.

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