National Parks / Natural World
Swartswood State Park Stillwater Township
Where is it at?
Swartswood State Park
E Shore Drive
Tel: 973 383 5230
Where are we going today?
Here's a quick quiz! What was the first state park in New Jersey? If you said Swartswood State Park, you would be right!
Swartswood State Park was established all the way back in 1915, so just imagine all the family fun that's been had over the last century!
Here's another fun fact - did you know that the state's third largest freshwater lake can be found in the park too? Another great reason to visit!
In fact, Swartswood Lake is the main reason the park gets it's visitors, as there are so many adventures to be had on it. You can spend the day kayaking or canoeing on the surface, just taking in the serene surroundings. You can spend a few hours sailing, or even get some fishing in as you relax on the banks or on your boat.
Let's not forget about the swimming either! Those summer days wouldn't be the same without making a splash in those cool waters.
Whether you love the water, or the land...whether it's summer or winter, Swartswood State Park gives you year round fun!
Animal lovers visiting the park will be excited to hear about the wildlife that can be found within the reserve. Kids - if you're lucky you might spot those grand bald eagles soaring ahead!
Swartswood State Park have a number of trails throughout also, so if you love getting those walking shoes on and meandering through nature, there are plenty of options. Kids in particular love the Duck Pond Multi-Use Trail, as this level surface is less than a mile long and is perfect for biking, blading, skate boarding, and is ADA accessibly too.
The trail will take you through the forest along a beautiful Duck Pond, and make sure you stop at the bird blind that has been built to allow you to view the birdlife without distrubing the birds!
If that wasn't enough, there is a playground and open playing fields located near the picnic area. Volleyball and basketball courts and open areas for frisbee, golf and softball are located in the day-use area of the park.
So why wait? Just head on out for your New Jersey family adventure today!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Park: Sunrise to Sunset. Office 9am - 4pm.
There is a concession stand with snacks and drinks so those tumbling tummies can fill up ready to go again!.
Secluded picnic areas overlooking the lake can be found throughout the park with picnic tables and grills available at each site. Charcoal fires must be contained to the metal grills provided at the site. Visitors are free to bring their own metal grills. Wood fires are not permitted. So why not enjoy a healthy family lunch!.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you take plenty of water, and hat and sunscreen!.
Doing our bit
Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and because they LOVE to keep you safe, lifeguards are on duty from 10am - 6pm. .
Need a little extra help?
The Duck Pond Trail is a 0.6 mile-paved path with a level surface, and is accessible for persons with disabilities, as are the facilities at the swimming areas. Speak to staff about the accessibility of any other areas or activities if you have questions.
Camping is available in the park, with yurt sites, tent sites and trailer sites. There are also group campsites available for a maximum of 20 persons.
What people are saying?
by Anahi Gonzalez
Wonderful park, I've been coming to this park almost all my life. It's a bit of a drive but it is worth it. It is very clean, the rangers are friendly and helpful. Love going out there to have huge family cook outs.
by Kurt Wayton
Great place, kind rangers, clean crappers, immaculate showers, etc etc.
Quiet and beautiful!!! Great rangers, alex was a sweetheart by the boat rental!! And extremely clean!!!
by Stephen Goodwin
As with most NJ state parks, beautiful grounds, everything well maintained, no trash. Campsites are big, no cell phone signal. Bathrooms are clean, people are friendly, and for $20/night, I don't see why people pay twice that for crowded, untidy private camp grounds. Maybe for the activities? I will def go back to Swartswood.
Forgot to mention, on the plus side there's tons of restaurants/walmrt like 10 mins away, but you wouldn't know it while you're there.
by Andy Joe
Lots of summer fun for the family!