Established in 1914 as New Jersey's first state park, Swartswood is well known for its great fishing and tranquil surroundings. Little Swartswood and Swartswood Lake were formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and are now home to a variety of fish. Both lakes have been the focus of water quality improvement efforts including invasive aquatic weed control and watershed protection. Whether you are on land or water, there is always a chance you will catch a glimpse of the spectacular wildlife in Swartswood from bald eagles to the unique plant life found in our sinkhole ponds. The park is open year round with a variety of recreational activities available depending on the season. During the summer, colorful sailboats take to the water either on a leisurely sail around the lake or while participating in the sailing regattas scheduled throughout the season.
My map recording didnt quite match with the one provided by AllTrails but it was close enough. This is a 3 mile well maintained and well marked loop. There are several stone walls to climb over and the trail itself is a bit muddy and rocky in many areas.
The lake is nice but I wish the trail followed the shoreline a bit more. A few small streams to check out as well but not much else.
The trail is very close to some houses and private property. There is litter all around the parking area. I also picked up a few empty Bud Light cans on the trail and several shotgun shells so be careful.