Worthington State Forest - Columbia, NJ
Camping is among the most popular activities in Worthington State Forest. There is 82 campsites and three group sites located here, each providing a fire ring, picnic table, and a lantern hook. Sixty-nine of the 82 campsites have space to accommodate tents, trailers or motor homes. Showers, modern toilet facilities and drinking water are also available.
Worthington State Forest is located along the Kittatinny Mountain adjacent to the Delaware River, is just north of the scenic Delaware Water Gap. Except for some fields along the Delaware River, Worthington is completely covered in lush woodland, and is an ideal place for many forest recreational activities.
There are many activities and attractions within the State Forest. Worthington has ten blazed trails, covering 27 miles, including the Appalachian Trail. Some of the attractions that these trails have to offer include Sunfish Pond Natural Area and Dunnfield Creek Natural Area.
Since Worthington is located directly on the Delaware River, fishing and boating are very popular activities during the spring and summer months. The Delaware River is noted for the spring shad run as well as for the panfish and bass fishing. Fishing the Delaware River may be accomplished from the shore, by wading or from a boat. Located near the forest office is a ramp which is used for launching small boats such as kayaks or canoes. Hunting is also permitted within Worthington State Forest. The forest provides a favorable habitat for deer, bear and turkey. Be sure to check with the forest office for the exact area and regulations for hunting.
The entire Upper Delaware Valley is rich in Indian lore and artifacts. The Lenape Indians established their villages near the river and hunted on the forest-clad mountains long before the first Europeans appeared in the region. Old Mine Road passes through the forest along the Delaware River and is one of the earliest roads in the region. The first settlers in the area were reported to have been Dutch prospectors from the Hudson Valley in New York who arrived in the mid-1600's to work the copper deposits in the Kittatinny Ridge. These same settlers were reported to have constructed Old Mine Road.
Take exit 1 off of Route 80 West; make a right at the bottom of ramp onto Old Mine Road. Continue North on Old Mine Road for three miles, and the office entrance will be on the left.
Maximum Length of Stay Allowed
Campers are not allowed to stay more than 14 consecutive nights
Maximum Number of People a Campsite May Accommodate
6 person maximun for family campsites and 35 person maximum for group sites
Number of Camp Sites
82 family campsites and 3 group sites
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are prohibited in overnight facilites
Campsites are available from April 1st through December 31st.
Family Camp Sites: NJ residents - $20/night , Non-NJ residents - $25/night ; Group campsites: NJ residents- $70/night , Non-NJ residents- $140/night