Description - Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked in the park.
- Bearfort Mountain Natural Area (1,325 acres) - This area encompasses several forest communities including swamp hardwood, hemlock-mixed hardwood and chestnut oak forest communities. This is a key location for observing the state endangered red-shouldered hawk, with a 360-degree view of the surrounding northern highlands.
Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area (399 acres)
The topography of this ravine is one of high relief with 300-foot increases in elevation from Doublekill Creek to surrounding hills. The hemlock-mixed hardwood forest provides a cool shady break for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, which is located along the western boundary of the natural area.
Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area (2167 acres) - This natural area features an Atlantic white cedar swamp, mixed oak-hardwood forest and a glacially formed spring-fed lake and is habitat for the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl and great blue heron. Visitors may choose from several trails, including a scenic walk around Laurel Pond.
Recreation - Trails
Wawayanda State Park consists of over 60 miles of well marked trails. The trails are not ADA accessible.
Group Campsites: Three group sites with a clivus restroom; Seven person minimum. Water is not available at campsites; it must be carried from the main office building. Open April 1 through October 31.
Swimming - There is swimming at Lake Wawayanda at a guarded beach Memorial Day through Labor Day with a restroom facility ajacent to the beach.
Fishing - The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife introduced landlocked salmon to Lake Wawayanda to provide anglers with an opportunity to fish for this unique coldwater sport fish close to home. Only a handful of deep lakes in New Jersey have suitable year round habitat for coldwater fish like trout and salmon. Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park also received the landlocked salmon.
Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek are stocked with a wide of variety of fish: Brown trout, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Large Mouth Bass, Pickeral, Catfish, Sun Fish, Crabby Fish, Bow Fin Fish, and LandLocked Salmon.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks Lake Wawayanda and Wawayanda Creek annually with brown and rainbow trout. The lake is designated a “holdover trout lake.”
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.
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.