Stokes State Park in New Jersey

Stokes State Park in New Jersey
The Appalachian Trail wraps around Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Park in New Jersey. Hikers can take in the view from the top of the mountain (at 1,653 feet above sea level) and later enjoy the variety of vegetation throughout Tillman Ravine Natural Area.


Stokes State Park stretches over 16,067 acres and is filled with wild forests, diverse vegetation and a variety of recreational opportunities. There are more than 45 miles of hiking trails in the park, including a 12-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail.


The pavilion at the top of Sunrise Mountain was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The pavilion can be reached by hiking trail as well as by automobile.


Stokes State Park also offers picnic areas, fishing and swimming in the stream in Tillman Ravine and camping at one of more than 50 campsites and nine lean-tos that can be rented at the park. These camping areas include fire rings and picnic tables.

Types of Trails

Because of the diversity of geography in the park, trails run from flat and easy to navigate to narrow, rocky climbs. A map of the trails is available at the park to facilitate picking a hike that runs anywhere from less than an hour to an all-day adventure.


To get to the park, take Route 206 and travel four miles north of Branchville, New Jersey, to the park entrance.

Article Written By Rita Radostitz

Rita Radostitz lives in Eugene, Oregon. She has written about human rights, health & fitness and interesting people for years. Her articles have appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Oregon Quarterly and on various websites. Radostitz holds a Masters of Science in journalism with distinction from the University of Oregon and a law degree cum laude from Villanova University.

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