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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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  • We had an amazing weekend exploring Worthington State Park! Great trail access directly from the campsite to access Sunfish Pond (Garvey Springs to the AT, short but STEEP). The riverside sites (we we...  more »
  • Bumped into this park while heading home and it looked very nice. Pets are allowed on a leash which is cool. They have a portable potty right before u enter the park and also garbage bags to take with...  more »
  • If you are looking for a place that has just about every outdoor activity you can imagine, than Worthington State Forest is for you. We have fished here, hiked here, swam in the Delaware, went tubing....  more »
  • 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.