National Parks / Natural World

Wawayanda State Park Hewitt

Where is it at?

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Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Turnpike
Hewitt
NJ
07421
Tel: 973 853 4462

Directions

Take Route 23 north to Union Valley Road. Follow Union Valley Road about 6 miles to stop sign. From Stop sign, go to second traffic light. Turn left, travel to fork in road (about 2 miles) go left about 1/2 mile to Warwick Turnpike. Turn left. The park entrance is four miles on the left.

Where are we going today?

Feeling nature calling? We think so, and Wawayanda State Park might be that nature!

Wawayanda State Park has a quiet charm about it, and it's a place where the whole family can go and immerse yourselves in outdoor adventure.

There are a host of activities that you can enjoy within the park, whether you love to fish, or boat, or hike and even swim.

Serious hikers will love the 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail that you can take on - it's quite a challenge, but you can do it! For other hikers who like to take things a bit more relaxed, there are over 60 miles of marked trails within the park for you to explore.

Kids - watch out for the wildlife, you never know what you might spot!

If you are pulled towards the water, then there is plenty to enjoy. Boaters will find a boat rental facility, as well as a launching ramp near the beach as well as the picnic areas.

There are canoes and rowboats for rent too, as well as paddleboats. Water activities galore!

Let's not forget about swimming! From Memorial Day to Labor Day Wawayanda State Park have lifeguards on duty, so you can safely swim within the lake. And yes - there is a beach!

There are so many great landscapes within Wawayanda State Park too, so kids can really have a diverse experience. There are forest communities, with swamp hardwood and chestnut oak. There are habitats perfect for blue heron and barred owl, and if you head to the Hemlock Ravine Natural Area, at an elevation increase of 300ft, you'll get that shady break!

Think a park is just for summer? Think again! Wawayanda State Park is 1,140ft above sea level, which means during winter there is snow! Cross-country skiing, ice-skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing are all waiting for you to enjoy them during the colder months.

Nature has never been so much fun, and this New Jersey park is waiting!

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How much does it cost?

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When can we go?

8am - 6pm daily.

All year round.

Teachers corner

The park have a number of historical and natural interpretive programs seasonally, so just speak to the park office for a schedule!.

I'm Hungry!

There are picnic areas long the north side of the lake. You can bring your own grill, subject to approval. No wood fires. .

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of water and healthy snacks!.

Any Top Tips?

If you want to extend your trip, there is camping permitting in the park too! Make sure you book ahead, and pets aren't permitted overnight.

Doing our bit

They have a carry in/carry out policy, so help them keep the park clean and take out any trash with you. They provide bags throughout the site!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to the park office about any restrictions you may have.

More information

Swimming ours are 10am - 6pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

What people are saying?

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    Amazing Wawayanda!!! I visited the Park on Sunday with my significant other. We got there about 4/5. It was wonderful. We actually passed the entrance mistakenly. We drove up from Jersey side through Warwick. The gates were opened but there was a 'Do not Enter' sign' so it was somewhat confusing initially. But amazingly, i read the Google reviews etc before visiting so i had an idea where to go :) Few feet from the Gate is the main entrance area with a guard. The young man at the Gate let us in for free since it was already 4pm. (After 4pm- all...Read More

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    Really good place for picnics. U got a beach, a little playground for little kids and u could ride a boat from the park on the lake. Trust me, nice place to go.

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    Wawayanda, Wawayanda, Wawayanda. Say that 5 time fast. lol. My family and I went there to celebrate being off the weekend. We had a grill, sports, and a lake in the backyard. For people who live in the city like myself this is the perfect place to get away from it all...Even for the day. There are so much to do. You can never get bored!

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    One of the best leaks a been to

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    Very cool park with a lake, many hiking trails

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by Tedou B

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Amazing Wawayanda!!! I visited the Park on Sunday with my significant other. We got there about 4/5. It was wonderful. We actually passed the entrance mistakenly. We drove up from Jersey side through Warwick. The gates were opened but there was a 'Do not Enter' sign' so it was somewhat confusing initially. But amazingly, i read the Google reviews etc before visiting so i had an idea where to go :) Few feet from the Gate is the main entrance area with a guard. The young man at the Gate let us in for free since it was already 4pm. (After 4pm- all enter for free). It's a 2 mile drive down into the actual Lake and Parking area. The Park is huge. Lots of walking trails, Horse trails, Barbecue areas- and might i mention- no need to bring your grills- there are these cute grills mounted into the ground- all you will need is charcoal i'd imagine. We walked along the trails. You can also go kayaking, swimming or get on one of the boats and peddle across the lake. It is amazing. I recommend everyone to visit. It was also not over crowded. If the main area is too crowded for you, there are lots of private areas by the lake you can settle. You can tan or sit in the shade. I do plan on returning some other time. :)

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