Few New Jerseyans Know That Swartswood State Park Was The First State Park In New Jersey
What would you guess is New Jersey’s most popular state park? My first thought was Wharton State Forest. At 115,000 acres, it’s New Jersey’s largest state park, and it’s home to a variety of attractions including historic Batsto Village and the beach at Atsion Lake. However, it makes sense that the top spot would go to Liberty State Park.
Tourists come from all over the country and the world to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The park is also home to Liberty Science Center, with one of the world’s largest planetariums, and the once abandoned Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal. It brings in millions of visitors each year.
According to 2018 data, New Jersey’s 5 most popular state parks (based on the approximate number of annual visitors) are: Liberty State Park (4.8 million visitors), Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park (1.2 million visitors), Stokes State Forest (1.1 million visitors), Wharton State Forest (925,000 visitors), and Ringwood State Park (775,000 visitors). New Jersey’s first state park doesn’t even make the top 10 (or top 20) when it comes to popularity, but it has plenty of natural beauty.
Address: 1091 E Shore Rd, Swartswood, NJ 07877
Have you been to Swartswood State Park yet? What’s your favorite state park in New Jersey? In the fall, I’d have to say that High Point State Park is one of the most beautiful. Enjoy views of 3 states, and mountains full of colorful foliage.