We spent two nights camping at Worthington State Forest in Columbia, New Jersey – just a few miles from the Pennsylvania border and the adjacent Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Worthington State Forest was the best public campground we’ve stayed at in New Jersey.
Our review of Worthington State Forest can be found below or on Hipcamp or theDyrt.
There are two camping areas at Worthington State Forest – one area is tent only and the other area, separated by 3 group sites, has sites suitable for RVs and campervans. There are no hookups at any of the sites. Alcohol is not allowed. Facilities include plentiful single use bathrooms and showers.
Site 10 is a spacious, private tent site. Sites 36 and 37 are close together but would be great waterfront campervan sites. Many tent sites are wooded. Ticks and rattlesnakes are present in the area. Additionally, store food properly as this is bear country.
Activities include water sports on the Delaware River as well as hiking. We formed a loop hike by combining the Douglas Trail (1.7 miles), a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, and the Garvey Springs Trail (1.2 miles). This route will climb about 1200 feet past Laurel Falls to a backpacker Appalachian Trail campsite, and onward along Kittatinny Ridge to Sunfish Pond – a 44 acre glacial lake designated as a World Heritage Site – before descending back down.
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May 20 – 22, 2019