New Jersey Nature, State Parks July 26, 2022
The One-Of-A-Kind Worthington State Forest In New Jersey Is Absolutely Heaven On Earth
Northwestern New Jersey is like no other spot on the East Coast. Rivers and mountains combine to create unique geology, and the recreation opportunities are endless. Worthington State Forest is just one part of the Delaware Water Gap area, but it’s truly a slice of paradise.
Worthington State Forest is an enormous park and forest in New Jersey that's a nature lover's dream come true.
The forest is part of the Delaware Water Gap area in Warren County, New Jersey, and contains over 6,600 acres of preserved natural beauty.
Of course, the stunning and unique Delaware Water Gap between Mount Tammany and Mount Minsi is one of the most iconic views in the park.
Mount Tammany is the high point on the New Jersey side of the Water Gap, and the views from the Red Dot summit trail are some of the best in the state.
Dunnfield Creek is another popular hiking area within Worthington. There is a trail that follows and crosses the creek, with lots of rock-hopping and elevation gain. So much so, in fact, that you might even forget you are hiking in New Jersey.
Not all of the fun in the forest is on land! Swimming at Turtle Beach or tubing down the Delaware River are popular ways to enjoy the area in the summertime heat.
Be aware, though, that Sunfish Pond is a body of water that's not open for swimming.
It's worth the hike, though, to see one of New Jersey's Seven Natural Wonders. This glacial pond is truly one-of-a-kind.
The ecosystem within the forest is fun to observe, from the plants and fern fields...
... to the wildlife that occupies nearly every square foot!
Salamanders are fun to spot, but most people hiking around here are hoping to see one of New Jersey's many black bears. This area has the highest concentration of bears in the state. Make noise while you hike so you don't startle one!
Worthington State Forest also has plenty of hikes that bring you up to ridgelines, like Raccoon Ridge pictured below.
There's certainly no shortage of views here! It's easy to see why this area was selected to become a state forest, and preserved for generations to come.
For more information, visit Worthington State Forest on the web.
You’ll find trail maps, access information, and current conditions online. If you would like to learn more about one of our favorite trails in the park, read about how you can Hike Through A Forest, Past A Lake, And Up To Stunning Views On This New Jersey Trail. Address: Worthington State Forest, 2 Old Mine Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832, USA