Nature really is incredible, and it's pretty special when families can get out there and experience it first hand - which is where parks such as the Round Valley Recreation Area come in!
The highlight of this beautiful New Jersey park is the Round Valley Reservoir, and it's brisk, blue waters. Perfect for those summer days, the reservoir attractions a range of water lovers, from fishermen, boaters and of course - swimmers!
Did you know that there are 19 species of fish that call the Round Valley Reservoir home? That explains why it's so popular!
The public boat launch is north of the day use area, and canoes, kayaks, and motor boats are all welcome. Then, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, grab those bathing suits because the lifeguards are ready and waiting to keep you safe! That's right parents - no need to worry! From 10am - 6pm the swimming area has lifeguards on duty, and there is a whole beach complex with showers, changing rooms, and a first aid station.
Fancy some diving? Why not! The water clarity of the reservoir is amazing, so it's one of the best freshwater lakes in the state for skin diving and scuba diving. How exciting!
Of course, the Round Valley Recreation Area isn't just for those who like to make a splash. There are three marked trails which you can enjoy, as well as one unmarked trail.
Camping is a popular pastime at Round Valley Recreation Area, so if you want to extend your adventure, why not do so in one of the few places in the state that offers wilderness camping?
With two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront, and picnic areas, it seems that Round Valley Recreation Area really does have everything a family needs for a great time!
PLEASE NOTE that the address provided is a postal one, so please plan your journey independently,
Take I-78 east to exit 18 (Route 22 east), follow signs to the park.
$2 pp or $10-$20/vehicle Memorial - Labor Days
Residents 50% for vehicles
From 10am - 6pm Memorial Day to Labor Day they have a certified lifeguard on duty at the swimming area, as well as a first aid area to keep you safe!
Concessions are available at the swimming area for drinks and snacks
Diving is permitted from April 1st to October 31st depending on water conditions. Scuba divers must be certified. Make sure you register at the office, and have a dive buddy
They have beach supplies available to purchase from the swimming area
They offer natural and historical interpretive programs throughout the year, so check the office for schedules and to register!
There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area there are tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds.
So why not bring a tasty homecooked lunch!
Speak to staff about the accessibility of trails and the areas you want to visit
They have a carry in / carry out policy so take all your trash with you when you leave