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Stokes State Forest 'Buttermilk Falls' © Kathy Gray
This beautiful waterfall has a trail of steps that are nearby that take you right to the top. Best time to visit these falls is right after a big rain storm when the water is running high.
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USA Parks
New Jersey
Skylands Region
Stokes State Forest
STOKES STATE FOREST
STOKES STATE FOREST
1 Coursen Road
Branchville, New Jersey   07826

Phone: 973-948-3820
Stokes State Forest
'Buttermilk Falls'

This beautiful waterfall has a trail of steps that are nearby that take you right to the top. Best time to visit these falls is right after a big rain storm when the water is running high.

Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest
'Buttermilk Falls'
© Codesad 2010

This was taken in Mid-October

Stokes State Forest
'The Big Flat Brook'

Whether it is calm or swollen from a recent rain and raging forth, the Big Flatbrook offers great photo opportunities, has hiking trails that cross over or run beside it and has great fishing too.

Stokes State Forest
'Tillmans Ravine'

Stokes State Forest
'Tillmans Ravine'

Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest

Stokes State Forest
'Buttermilk Falls'
© Codesad 2010

This was in August and was pretty dry....This is a close up of the lower portion of the falls, giving it the illusion of size..

The breathtaking and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain ridges to the west. For those who don't relish the idea of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive to the pavilion at the top of the mountain.

Stokes is famous for its impressive beauty, whether it is at the top of a mountain ridge or in the cool and fragrant Tillman Ravine with its rushing stream and steep cliffs. Hikers, campers, fishermen and photographers are attracted to its wild setting.
Cabins
Cabins: Ten furnished cabins each with wood stove; two single beds; one double-deck bunk; kitchen with cold and hot running water, refrigerator, electric stove; half-bath with toilet and sink. Electric lights. Each accommodates four people. With prior permission from the superintendent, two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are adjacent to Lake Ocquittunk. Open from April 1 through December 15. $45 per night, $315 per week.

Cabins 7 & 15: Accommodate eight people. Facilities are the same as listed above, except they include a shower and hot and cold running water. Cabin 7 has a fireplace and cabin 15 has a wood stove. Accommodate. people with disabilities. Located 1/2 mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 1 through December 15. $85 per night, $595 per week.

Group Cabin 16: Accommodates twelve people. Facilities are the same as Cabin 15 and includes two sleeping areas and two full bathrooms and a Fireplace. Located one mile from Lake Ocquittunk. Open April 15 through November 30. $125 per night.
Camping
Campsites: 51 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Some camping areas available all year. $20 per night.

Group campsites: Nine group sites with fire rings and picnic tables; capacity varies. Open from April 1 through October 31.Group Campsites A,B,C,D,E,F $30 per night, site capacity 30 people.Group Campsite G $65 per night, site Capacity 65 people.Group Campsite H $10 per night, site capacity 10 people.Group Campsite I $45 per night, site capacity 45 people.

Lean-tos: Nine lean-tos with fire rings and picnic tables. Open year round. $30 per night.
Nearby Accommodations
Wooden Duck Bed Breakfast - Newton, NJBBs / Inns
A brick patio in ground swimming pool invite guests to step outdoors and enjoy their picturesque surroundings and provide a lovely spot for seasonal breakfasting, sunbathing or just plain relaxing
10.9 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PABBs / Inns
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
12.1 miles from park*
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Swimming
Swimming is permitted in Stony Lake from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms a first-aid station and picnic facilities. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Boating
Small boats with electric motors are only permitted on the waters of Lake Ocquittunk and are subject to all applicable boating laws. There is no boat ramp.


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Picnicking
Stokes State Forest offers picnic areas, picnic tables and shelters. For larger groups, we also offer the Group Picnic Area on Kittle Field. It holds a capacity of 120 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee:

$55.00 per day, plus applicable parking fees for reservations for Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

$80.00 per day for reservations for the Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day.

Group Picnic Cancellation Fee: 50 percent of Fee.

*Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.
Trails
A 12.5-mile section of the Applachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. White blazes mark this narrow and sometimes very rocky trail. A brochure is available regarding New Jersey's portion of the trail at the park office.

Along Kittatinny Mountain are outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. Sunrise Mountain offers scenic vistas of the Kittatinny Valley to the east and the Delaware River Valley to the west.

In addition to the Applachian Trail, there are more than 33 miles of marked trails within Stokes State Forest. Trails vary in length from one half mile to four miles, and over terrains ranging from flat lowlands to rocky mountains. Many of the trails connect, offering the hiker a variety of trips from an hour to a full day.
Area Attractions
Sunrise Mountain

The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The mountaintop provides a breathtaking view at an elevation of 1,653 feet above sea level. The thin soil and harsh climate characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment in which few plants can survive. Mountain laurel, wild blueberry, pitch pine and scrub oak are among the natural vegetation found throughout the area. The pavilion at the summit was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge.Tillman Ravine Natural Area (525 acres)

This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened barred owl and other endangered species.

Tillman Ravine Natural Area (525 acres)

This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing views of waterfalls and ferns clinging to rock crevices. The area is home to the threatened barred owl and other endangered species.
Things To Do in the Area
Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton , NJArts/Cultural/Drama
Peters Valley is a non-profit education center and gallery for craft arts. Tour the studios on weekends during summer. Workshops May to September, 2 to 5 days. Expert instructors from US and abroad. Commute or sleep over for a mini-vacation close-to-home. Wood turning, weaving, jewelry, ceramics, blacksmithing, photography, papermaking, beading and more.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
3.5 miles from park*
Black Walnut Country Inn and Stables - Milford, PAHorseback Riding
The Black Walnut Inn is a delightful English Tudor-style Bed Breakfast, tucked away on a 162-acre wooded estate in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, minutes from the Delaware River. Adjacent to thousands of acres of wooded trails. Overnight boarding available to Inn guests. Trail Rides.
Web Site: theblackwalnutinn.com
12.1 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 20 Wonderful place for scenery/wildlife by Dawn J. Benko
This is an absolutely beautiful park with amazing scenery and wildlife. However, Buttermilk Falls, several photos of which are posted on this page, is actually in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area not Stokes State Forest.
September 29 Best School Trip Ever
I have such fond memories of my Grice Middle School 6th grade overnight trip to Stokes that I am now going back at age 40 with my husband & kids!
March 15 Our favorite camping park! by Robbin Mujica
It is quiet, BEAUTIFUL, peaceful, convienient to facilities. You can get great cell phone reseption.
April 18 The best week EVER by Jennifer
(CROCKETT)I had the best week of my life.I learned alot there and hope to go back again.i hope they dont stop this trip,because you learn soo much and it helped me alot to under stand nature!
February 23 Great family fun! by Mom of JLHx2
My parents took my brother and I here as kids every summer and I have incredible memories that are very special of Stokes and my family. Last summer my parents took me back, 30 years later, with my children. It was wonderful going back showing my children where we played and explored as kids their age. We had so much fun we are going back this summer. Incredible bonding, lasting memories and stories we will tell and laugh about forever. Just thinking of it makes me smile.
November 29 A bit of heaven in NJ!! by marianne
I have been camping in Stokes for over 40 years. The forest is intact. The state budget is not. Please write to encourage the powers that be to keep our parks and forests alive. We have only one earth!
November 13 superrrr funnnnn
my school Crockett and others go there in 6th grade and i just went and it was a blast!!!!
May 21 Beautiful, and relaxing by Mark Anthony MAB
I have been here many times in the past 35 yrs. and always enjoyed my stay.
February 27 Happy memories by Giggy
A family of a third generation, have being visiting Stokes , a favorite place and many happy memories, We love this piece of heaven.
August 16 The best camping anywhere!!! by BrianPbutler
I have been camping, fishing, and hiking at Stokes for years and my family has been going for decades. I love this place and i wont go anywhere else!!!
July 14 Best time Ever by Vanessa R.
When I was a child my parents brought me and my lil sis there every year. We would always look forward to going there. AS a grown up I take my son and husband there now and make new memories. It is very relaxing and peaceful. Wonderful place to bring the family.
May 22 WONDERFUL PARK! by Kathy G.
Stokes State Park is a wonderful Park to visit. It has something for everyone. Great fishing, hiking (easy - difficult), Sunrise Mountain, Tilamns Ravine, Buttermilk Falls, wildlike, great camping & beautiful scenery. We have gone every single year for the past 25 years. My parents took me when I was a kid and now I bring my own kids. You will not be disappointed.


Area Campgrounds

Panther Lake Camping Resort
6 Panther Lake Road
Andover, NJ


Harmony Ridge Farm & Campground
23 Risdon Drive
Branchville, NJ
973-948-4941


Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer's Road
Branchville, NJ


Windy Acres Campground
294 Newton-Swarstwood Road
Hampton, NJ
973-897-8695


Beaver Hill Campground
120 Big Spring Road
Hardyston, NJ
973-827-0670


Cedar Ridge Family Campgrounds
205 River Road
Montague, NJ


Rockview Valley Campground Resort
59 River Road
Montague, NJ
973-293-3383


Green Valley Beach Campground
68 Phillips Road
Newton, NJ
973-383-4026


Mountain Shadows Lake Association
946 Owassa Road
Newton, NJ
973-383-5008


Pleasant Acres Farm Campground
61 Dewitt Road
Sussex, NJ
973-875-4166


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Whistling Swan Inn - Stanhope, NJBBs / Inns
Nestled in the beautiful Skylands Region of New Jersey, the house now known as The Whistling Swan Inn was built in 1905 by Justice of the Peace, Daniel Best, for his wife, Sarah. Come visit Northwest NJ's finest Victorian Inn Voted Top Ten BB in US by Inn Traveler Magazine
Web Site: whistlingswaninn.com
17.6 miles from park*
Cedar Lakes Cottages - Port Jervis, NYCottages and Cabins
Cedar Lakes is a gorgeous 500-acre estate surrounding twin cedar lakes. We have a selection of deluxe cottages for nightly or weekly rentals. Enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, and swimming on the property. Cottages have full kitchens, fireplaces, WIFI, and great amenities--all for the price of a hotel.
Web Site: cedarlakescottages.com
15.8 miles from park*
Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region - Lake Ariel, PAHotels/Motels
Located near popular recreational attractions, including the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park, Steamtown National Historic Site and Promised Land State Park. NASCAR fans will enjoy a day at the races at nearby Pocono Raceway.
Web Site: comfortinn.com/hotel-lake_ariel-pennsylvania-PA092
33.6 miles from park*
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Directions
Take Route 206, four miles north of Branchville.
Area Shopping
Peters Valley Craft Center Store - Layton , NJArts Crafts
The store at Peters Valley Craft Center offers original handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and home furnishings. Unique items from over 300 artists offer distinctive ideas to embellish the home, treat yourself, or to select for a gift. Visit the Gallery upstairs for our latest exhibit of fine art craft.
Web Site: petersvalley.org
3.5 miles from park*

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