Jenny Jump State Forest RV & Campground Guide

New Jersey

Jenny Jump State Forest

is located in north-western New Jersey in Warren County, situated along the stunning rolling terrain of Jenny Jump Mountain Range. The 4,466-acre state park is named after an unfortunate incident involving a woman named Jenny Lee, who supposedly jumped from a cliff within the park. The state park is also known for its abundance of glacial boulders and outcroppings estimated to be 1.6 billion years old - some of the oldest rocks on earth. A wide variety of raptors and other birds are often seen flying along the state park’s ridges, while native deer, wild turkey and black bears are commonly sighted.

Jenny Jump State Forest gives visitors opportunities to partake in activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and astronomy programs. The state forest is open year-round, from sunrise to sunset, and experiences temperatures as warm as 80°F in summer and as cold as 14°F during winter nights. Therefore, if you’re planning a trip to Jenny Jump State Forest, you’ll certainly want to come prepared. Keep reading for information regarding camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 26°F - 69°F
Summer 54°F - 80°F
Fall 30°F - 72°F
Winter 14°F - 38°F
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Nearby Cities
Hope, NJ
Hackettstown, NJ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Jenny Jump State Forest

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Jenny Jump State Forest, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we whole-heartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Jenny Jump State Forest has 22 RV and tent sites on offer, as well as two group campgrounds accommodating up to 25 or 40 people. Toilets and showers are available on-site, however the state forest doesn’t provide water, electric, or sewage hookups. The campgrounds are also quite small and can only accommodate RVs and motorhomes under 25 ft. If you require additional space or amenities, you can also stay at one of the following local campgrounds or RV parks.

Camp Taylor Campground

Located just under 14 miles from the state forest is Camp Taylor Campground, which was established in 1964 and has remained family-operated ever since. It’s located in the beautiful mountains of Northwest New Jersey and features 150 sites located on 400 acres of pristine forest. RV sites start at $35 per day.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming lake, playground, recreation field, hiking trail access, boat rentals, picnic tables, fire pits, gift shop, camp store, restrooms, showers, dump station, game room, miniature golf, volleyball, horseshoes.

Camp Charles Campgrounds

Just under 19 miles from Jenny Jump, located over the Pennsylvania border, is Camp Charles Campgrounds. It features plenty of wooded and grassy sites ideal for both tent and RV camping, as well as a wide range of amenities for you and your family. Sites with no hookups start at $30 nightly.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: firewood, ice, RV supplies, laundry facilities, showers, game room, propane filling station, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, lake for fishing, swimming pool, dump station.

Driftstone Campground

Just over a 25-minute drive from the state forest is Driftstone Campground, located on the Pennsylvania side of the scenic Delaware River. It offers spacious sites for tents, popups, trailers and motorhomes in a park-like setting. RV sites start at $47 per day.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, showers, game room, recreation hall, camp store, laundry facilities.

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What to Do at
Jenny Jump State Forest

Inside Jenny Jump State Forest

If you thought the camping opportunities were impressive, wait until you hear about the activities available to visitors within the state forest. From hiking, boating, and fishing, to stargazing, picnicking, and more – there’s something for absolutely everyone at Jenny Jump State Forest!

Hiking: With over 9 miles of hiking trails within the state forest, visitors can explore the stunning and varying landscapes of the region. The Summit Trail, at an elevation of 1,090 feet, offers a view of the Delaware Water Gap and the Pequest Valley. Another popular trail includes the 3.5-mile Mountain Lake Trail loop.

Boating: There’s boat and canoe access to both Ghost Lake and Mountain Lake within the state forest. Paddling along the lakes are a great way to experience Jenny Jump from some of its most beautiful angles.

Fishing: Anglers will love sinking a line at Beaver Brook, as it is stocked with trout four times each year during the spring trout season.

Stargazing / astronomy: Jenny Jump has some of the darkest skies in New Jersey and is also home to several observatories, the most famous of these being Greenwood Observatory, which was built by the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey in 1995. The observatory is open for public stargazing and lecture programs on Saturday nights April through October. 

Picnicking: For a relaxing activity that everyone can enjoy, why not bring a picnic basket and blanket and set up at the state forest’s shaded, designated picnic area? Tables and BBQ grills are also available here.

Outside Jenny Jump State Forest

Jenny Jump State Forest is just minutes’ drive from the town of Hope and within driving distance of larger townships such as Hackettstown, so you’re never far from the action. If you’re excited by the activities on offer within the park, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you in the surrounding area, including stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and more.

Restaurants

Mattar's Bistro

Just over a 15-minute drive away is Mattar's Bistro, which features modern American cuisine with a strong emphasis on fresh and local products. Visitors will also love the contemporary atmosphere and outdoor dining options on their heated veranda.

Type: Bistro

Location: Allamuchy Township, NJ

Mama's Cafe Baci

For traditional Italian food and live music, you can’t go past Mama's Cafe Baci. It was voted “the best Italian restaurant in Warren county” and caters for all diners, including vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten intolerant. The gourmet coffees and desserts are also highly recommended!

Type: Italian

Location: Hackettstown, NJ

Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Just under 8 miles away from the state forest is Buck Hill Brewery & Restaurant, offering “an American craft beer and food experience.” Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind cuisine, beer, and atmosphere, as well as regular events.

Type: Brewery / restaurant

Location: Blairstown, NJ

Shopping

Sightseeing

Land of Make Believe

One of the most popular attractions within the region is located on the state forest’s doorstep, just 5 minutes’ drive away. Land of Make Believe is a long-standing amusement park with a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and numerous water attractions, making it the perfect day out for you and your family. Admission is around $30 per person.

Location: Hope, NJ

Turtle Back Zoo

Under an hour’s drive from the state park is the Turtle Back Zoo, one of the most elite zoos in the US. It features wild animal exhibits, a petting zoo, carousel, and mini train. The zoo is home to a wide range of animals, including giraffes, wolves, tigers, lions, kangaroos, and so much more. Admission ranges from $12 - $15.

Location: West Orange, NJ

Crayola Experience

Just over the border and 40 minutes’ drive away is the Crayola Experience, a highly popular destination with colorful kid-friendly activities, events, a café, and a gift store. Regular admission price is $21.99.

Location: Easton, PA

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How to Get to
Jenny Jump State Forest

From Route 80: Take exit 12 [route 521-Hope]. From the off ramp go left on 521 (under Route 80) for 1.2 miles. Turn left at the light in Hope (there is only one). Then take the first right turn on Great Meadows-Hope road. Travel 2.4 miles to Far View Road. Turn left on Far View. The park office entrance is 1.7 miles on the right (turn right at the Jenny Jump State Forest sign).

Entering Jenny Jump State Forest

There are no entrance fees to Jenny Jump State Forest. However, fees for overnight camping do apply.

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Jenny Jump State Forest. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!