Skylands Region

Skylands Region

Floating down the Delaware River enjoying the gentle mountains, hiking the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding, golfing, skiing in the winter, or touring one of the 10 wineries can all happen in the Skylands Region of New Jersey.

It's true - all of this and more can be found less than an hour's drive from New York City. The endless recreational opportunities of the Skylands Region have always been one of New Jersey's best-kept secrets.

By land, sea and air, there's plenty for visitors to do here all year long. Swimmers, boaters and fishermen will find a haven at Lake Hopatcong, the state's largest lake, or at the Delaware Water Gap; and hot-air-balloon enthusiasts can enjoy the region from another perspective: floating through the skies high above a quilt of emerald fields. The Skylands Region is home to the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning where balloon rides, headliner bands, fun food, and kids' activities can all be found. If you like to keep your feet on the ground you can head 1,803 feet above sea-level when you visit High Point State Park where you can enjoy panoramic views of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

If it's amusement park fun you seek, check out Mountain Creek in Vernon. Somewhat more genteel diversions can be found during the region's numerous wine festivals or at the New Jersey State Fair and Sussex Farm and Horse Show in August. Or hit the links and enjoy one of the many scenic golf courses, including the highly acclaimed Crystal Springs Golf Course in Hamburg.

In late summer hikers can find fall sneaking into the Skylands Region early, painting the foliage of the Kittatinny and Watchung mountains in bright oranges and yellows. Autumn is a perfect time to tour a local winery or visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia.

Winter's arrival could find you schussing down the slopes, or gliding cross-country at one of the regions popular ski areas.

But you don't have to be the outdoors-type to enjoy all the Skylands Region has to offer. Cultural experiences also abound here. Take a seat at one of the region's most popular playhouse - the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at Drew University in Madison. Head underground with a mine tour at the Sterling Hill Mine & Museum in Ogdensburg or the Franklin Mineral Museum. Visit Lambertville, the antiques and flea market capital of the region.

History runs deep in the Skylands Region. George Washington truly did sleep here, he and his Continental Army spent the winter of 1779-80 in Morristown. Today, you can stop at the Rockingham Historic Site in Rocky Hill, where General Washington penned his "Farewell to the Armies" address in 1783.

For cultural experiences or just plain fun, the sky's the limit in the Skylands Region - indoors, outdoors, any time of year.

Windy Acres Campground

294 Newton-Swartswood Road, Hampton Twp, NJ, 07860
(973) 897-8695
Total sites: 72
Sussex County's best kept secret
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Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

995 Weldon Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, 07849
(973) 697-3140
Total sites: 30
3,000 Acre County Park with separate camping and RV areas
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Kymer's Camping Resort

69 Kymer Rd, Branchville, NJ, 07826
(800) 526-2267
Total sites: 250
Located in the Kittatinny Mountains
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Tall Timbers Seasonal Camping Resort

100 Tall Timbers Road, Sussex, NJ 07461
973-875-1991
Total sites: 977
Campground nestled in the scenic mountains of northern New Jersey
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Mountain View Campground

135 Goritz Road, Milford, NJ, 08848
(908) 996-2953
Total sites: 100
Nestled on the south side of the Musconetcong Mountains
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The Great Divide Campground

68 Phillip Rd, Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-4026
Total sites: 270
Located on 100 acres in the beautiful Skylands Region
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Pleasant Acres Farm Campground

61 DeWitt Rd, Sussex, 07461
800-722-4166
Total sites: 300
Old fashioned country fun!
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Goodland Country Club and Spa

Mine Hill Rd, Hackettstownn, NJ, 07840
(908) 850-1300
Total sites: 25
Secluded in a rural setting
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At Hospitality Creek, we offer our guests spacious and sandy beach, we have it. We have an Olympic-sized pool, plus an activity pool that your children will simply love. If fishing is your passion, we have a 30-acre lake that offers one of New Jersey’s finest freshwater fishing habitats. Whether you fish from the shoreline (in some instances, right from your campsites!) or rent one of our boats, it is not uncommon to catch large-mouth bass in the 3-4 pound rage. Fishing or swimming, you simply will not find a better camping experience!
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