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Swartswood State Park, Swartswood
(4.9/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
Swartswood State Park is a 3460acre protected area located in the Swartswood section of Stillwater and Hampton townships in Sussex County, New Jersey, in the United States. Established in 1915 by the state's Forest Park Reservation Commission, it was the first state park established by the state of New Jersey for the purposes of recreation at the state's third-largest freshwater lake. Today, Swartswood State Park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.The park's main feature is Swartswood Lake, a 502acre glacial lake located in northwestern New Jersey's Kittatinny Valley—part of New Jersey's Ridge and Valley physiographic province. Both Swartswood Lake and the smaller Little Swartswood Lake are remnants of the retreat glaciers from the Wisconsin glaciation which began roughly 20,000 years ago. Both lakes have been the focus of water-quality improvement efforts by the state, including invasive aquatic-weed control and watershed protection in association with a local non-profit organization. The park is open all year, with many recreational activities available, including hiking, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, swimming, boating, and camping. Fishing and hunting are also permitted within the park.
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  • Definitely recommend for family camping, if your looking to party with your boys, look elsewhere , this isn't the place for you. You'll be thrown out. 
  • Visited for a long weekend the end of August 2016. Swartswood offered exactly what we needed: wilderness setting with amenities for the first time camper. Our campsite was set back in the woods with f...  more »
  • We live,only a few minutes from Swartswood State Park and visit it often for a picnic lunch, free volleyball with our grandkids, free concerts during the summer months or just walking through the camp...  more »
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  • Took my kids camping there and had a great time despite the heat (high 90's and humid). We spent the days at the nice, clean beach and out on the lake fishing. The campsite is clean, and well maintained. The shower facilities are one of the few that do NOT have those push button showers that only give a few seconds of water per push, but instead let you actually wash while showering instead of constantly pushing a button over and over. The boat launch is perfect and there is a small dock that I was able to tie up to overnight rather than having to pull the boat out each time after fishing. All in all, a great park and lake. We will be back... when the temp goes down a bit!
  • Very nice State Park. Everything is near by...beach, grass area, consession stand, bathroom and grilling area. Husband and I are here now relaxing. Family friendly environment. It's a little over an hour away from where we live but it's worth the drive.
  • A hidden gem in NJ.. the park is very well maintained , park grounds, playground, restrooms, beach are clean and staff is very friendly..you can grill here too..We rented kayak from one of stores and it was fun kayaking the lake.. you need cash only to rent kayaks and other boats though... All in all an amazing place for a family outing...
  • Kayaked this place a couple of times and though sections of the shore are heavily populated, there are large swaths of natural shoreline too. Lots of wildlife both in the water, on the water and in the surrounding woodlands.
  • Such a beautiful place! Hiking, fishing, camping, boating, biking, swimming, et cetera.