Swartswood State Park, Swartswood

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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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  • Beautiful views, astounding scenery, serenity at it's best - and you can also have family picnics and outings in a wonderful setting without it costing an arm and a leg. You can rent a boat for the da...  more »
  • Quiet, well maintained lake in nice area. Beach is clean, sand and grass available. Restaurant serves decent food at reasonable prices. Swings, slides and things for children to do. Restrooms are clea...  more »
  • I've been coming here since I was a kid. Whether it's swimming in the summer, renting a boat on the lake, or just hiking or biking, it's a great place to visit.  more »
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  • One of my favorite State Parks a great place to do many different things. The camp grounds are plenty what is better than that. Wake up in the morning brush your teeth wash your face and go fishing. Yes I k ow I said fishing before I said shower reason being in case you catch some dinner you want to get clean afterwards. Outside of fishing you can hike trails, swim in designated area rent a plethora of different boats, kayak and canoes. There are to playgrounds for the little ones a concession stand for those who don't want to work the grill. I can go on and on but you will just have to go and see it for yourself.
  • Great camping experience. Nicely maintained facilities, well kept grounds.
  • Peaceful, clean, spacious, swimming area, kayak rentals. we've been there twice in Sundays and it were not crowded. NJ resident get a discount when parking. We love the place.
  • Has pretty much everything for a fun filled day. Nice beach area with a small playground. Concession stand for lunch or snacks. Canoe/kayak rentals and a small boat launch. No gas motors allowed on this lake. Restrooms and changing stalls. Beach Volleyball court and even campsites. There are also picnic tables with grilling stands.
  • Great to take the fam but the sites are kind of small

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