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Description - Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry Less than one mile east along Waterloo Road at Saxton Falls are the remains of one of the Morris Canal’s twenty-three locks and a section of the old canal’s towpath. The original canal was 90 miles in length, stretching from Newark to Phillipsburg, and was used to ship coal and iron across the state. However, the canal could not compete with the development of the Morris and Essex Railroad in the late 1800s, and the canal was eventually abandoned.

Attractions - Stephens State Park invites you to participate in Spring and Summer Interpretive Nature Programs. These programs are sponsored by the park free of charge and attendees meet at the end of the main parking lot at 1:00 pm.

Recreation - Trails - There are six miles of marked trails at Stephens State Park for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail surfaces range from flat to steep and rocky.

A 2-mile section of the Highlands Trail runs the length of Stephens State Park.

Camping - Alcohol and pets prohibited.

Campsites: Forty tent and small trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets are within walking distance. Open April 1 through October 31.

Fishing - The Musconetcong River provides excellent trout fishing. During the spring the Division of Fish and Wildlife stock the Musconetcong River with brown, rainbow and brook trout.

Hunting - Approximately 400 of the total acreage is designated a NO HUNTING area.

Picnicking - Picnic sites are available along the scenic Musconetcong River and at the upper picnic area. Tables, charcoal grills and sanitary facilities are provided. Playground equipment and a small open play field are available at the upper picnic area. All picnic facilities are on a first come first serve basis, except for the group picnic shelter which can be reserved. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

For larger groups, there is a Group Picnic Shelter. It may be reserved for a fee.

Climate - The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.

Location - Willow Grove Street (Route 604), 2 miles east of Hackettstown or 7.5 miles west of Route 206 on Waterloo Road (Route 604).

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Contact Information:
Stephens State Park, 800 Willow Grove St. , Hackettstown, NJ, 07840, Phone: (908) 852-3790
, Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us

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