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Worthington State Forest, Columbia

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Located within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Worthington State Forest contains some of the most rugged terrain in the state. Comprising the southern part of the Ki...  read 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....  read 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 ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Within the first 45 minutes of our arrival: We arrived on a Friday at around 1pm. We dropped off my dad who is an older gentleman and my sister. My hubby and I went to the local Walmart to get ice and some firewood. Exactly 35 minutes later I get a call from my sister stating that there were four bears in our campground. My father, did exactly what you're supposed to do, beat on pots and pans for noise, and hollered very loudly to scare the bear off. We were just getting on our way back when I received the call to inform me of all of this, I immediately called the park and told them that my senior citizen father (79 years of age) and my sis were in this situation and that the bear wouldn't leave. They immediately called the park ranger. My sister called me back five minutes later saying the bear had gotten more aggressive, she was panicked and afraid for our dads life. I then called the office again stating that my dad was under attack by this bear that not just wouldn't leave but was physically lunging at him. The park ranger was still not there. All in all, we got there fifteen minutes later and the Rangers were STILL NOT there. He came about two minutes after we did. Thats 16-17 minutes later ! what if my father had been under physical attack? There was however an employee whom they sent because the Rangers were slow, who had no idea what to do in this situation. My sister had asked her "what's the best thing to do, and the poor girl answered a simple ' I dunno'......when the ranger got there he was crabby, and very blatantly annoyed that there was no one under actual physical attack....he went on to give us a (very rude speech) about the difference between an attack and not an attack lol. I mean really.....yes I know the difference sir.....but I'm not there to see the situation with my own eyes, when my sis screamed over the phone saying "it's lunging at dad" and the phone drops And I lose her....I had no option but to assume the worse. He gave us no slack, specially dealing with a senior citizen. I must also inform you that the only food we had left with them, since we hadn't unpacked the car fully, and we had been warned about leaving coolers at the campsite at all, ever,or we would get fined, was chips that my dad and sis were munching on while we were gone, and a loaf of bread. Nothing else. Five hours after the incident above: By this time we have switched campsites for a more 'open' one that had become available suddenly.We are all having dinner on the picnic table, one second they weren't there and we are all relaxing, from the corner of my eye, within a split second I see four dark spots on trees....big dark spots, quick, like flies, but a LOT bigger. My sis screamed, my husband yells, and I look and I see that big mama bear running........running towards our table, my dad happened to have his back against the direction she was coming from, and he was right on her path in between her and the table, and right before she was about to lunge over my dad or whatever she was going to do I jumped up an got 'big', spread my arms real wide and I started to scream like an animal. I never knew human instinct to protect ones family could be so powerful. I screamed and screamed and screamed and roared like a wild beast, the bears all of them turned around and ran away never to come back during our two night, three day stay. Tips: don't stay here at all, yes it's beautiful, the river is great....butpersonally I wouldn't recommend for families. camp site #21 was cute but too closed in and no view of the river, too much foliage very easy for bears to sneak up. The campsite we traded 21 for was #30, which had easy access to the river, somewhat of a view as well. The ground is slanted though and very far from bathrooms. I would never come back here again. I love nature and respect all animals, and yes I do love bears, however I don't think it's a safe place for families.
  • Great camping right on the river! Beuatiful tras and friendly and helpful staff. An all around wonderful outdoor experience!
  • Beautiful section of New Jersey! Definitely worth a trip in this area for hiking. The historic Old Mine Road is excellent for birding. Mt. Tamanny offers a beautiful view of the Delaware Water Gap which I highly recommend, the hike is strenuous but can be done in an hour or two,
  • This is our favorite camping spot. It gas great views and now they offer kayak, canoe renting. Clean forest. Just be aware if bears.
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