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Worthington State Forest, Columbia

(4.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • Parking in Dunnfield parking lot is limited so parking is available in the federal park on the other side of route 80. If that's full parking is available all along Old Mine Road (exit one and make a ...  more »
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  • There numerous trails and a large campground at this park. Personally I find it hard to separate Worthington from the surrounding, and much larger, Delaware National Recreation Area. That said, the whole NJ side of the Delaware here is a great place to swim, hike, bike, paddle or just hang out by a campfire. Great place to find and explore.
  • Camped out for almost a week Aug 02-05, 2016 we stayed at camp site 017, very nice and secluded. Only downside there was no easy access to the river. Bathrooms were clean and the showers were decent. Went with two other families who stayed at site 018 and 019 easy to get to and from each others sites.
  • Best place ever!! There are so many places we should of hiked, there's a nice beach we went there after it was closed with some people, and there's a hiking trail my fiancĂ©e and brother and I did like 2mins away (car ride) it was spectacular !! Must campy there!!!
  • Really nice park. Camp sites are typical NJ car camping and close together but it's great that you have access to the river. Nice little field for Frisbee. Only downside is there are lots of bears and they're not afraid of people.
  • I made a reservation to camp here, definitely not options due to their policy, I have a family event coming up on the date I originally did the reservation, and due to work circumstances I cant go anymore, we are still more than a month away to the attempt camping date, and they refuse to give the money back, is not like I am canceling the day before or a week before, I can probably be okay.. but is a month away and that I call easy steal from a customer... I contacted them and I was denied, their response was "our policy" would like to know where I can present a complaint so this stops other people on booking here, their cancellation policy sucks...