#28 of 553 state parks in New Jersey

Best trails in Swartswood State Park, New Jersey

123 Reviews
Explore the most popular trails in Swartswood State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Established in 1914 as New Jersey's first state park, Swartswood is well known for its great fishing and tranquil surroundings. The park is open year round with a variety of recreational activities available depending on the season.

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Map of trails in Swartswood State Park, New Jersey
Park information
Acreage:
2,472 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(973) 383-5230
Helpful links
Top trails (3)
#1 - Willow Crest Loop Trail
Swartswood State Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Lake, Streams and Wetlands This is a loop hike and starts at the parking lot. Follow the blue blazed trail. You will hike through open hardwood forest, along creaks and swamps. You will also go past beautiful Willowcrest lake. Great area for bird watching, because of the variety of habitates you will pass through. Excellent for those looking to get out for an easy hike. After your hike you can head down to Swartswood State Park and kayak the 500acre Swartswood lake.Show more
#2 - Swartswood Spring Lake Trail
Swartswood State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
#3 - Paulinskill Valley Trail
Swartswood State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 34 m