Round Valley Recreation Area

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Round Valley Recreation Area

New Jersey

(908) 236-6355

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Overview

Round Valley Recreational Area is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. The campers' parking lot is three miles away from the nearest site, reachable by a steep and rugged trail. Cross-country skiers and sledding enthusiasts congregate at Round Valley in the winter months. Campsite amenities include fire rings and access to pit toilets and drinking water. There are both small and large group wilderness campsites.

New Jersey's Round Valley Reservoir was formed in 1960 when the New Jersey Water Authority constructed two large dams and flooded a large ravine in the state's Hunterdon County. The Reservoir is named after the naturally forming circular valley surrounded by Cushetunk Mountain. The deep valley was caused by erosion of the soft sedimentary rock. The surrounding ridges of Cushetunk Mountain endure because they were underlaid with dense and durable volcanic rock diabase that cooled slowly under the surface of the earth.

Map of Round Valley Rec. Area (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.613950, -74.822730

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Activities

  • Boating

    A public boat launch is located north of the day use area, which is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, motor boats (up to 10 horsepower) and three chambered inflatable vessels are permitted on the reservoir and must be registered through Motor Vehicle if over 12 feet in length.

  • Bicycling

    The nine-mile Cushetunk Trail and the three-mile lower service road are multi-use trails that pass through open and heavily wooded areas. The Cushetunk trail surface is rugged, rocky and steep in places which makes it more suitable for experienced hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. There is also the Family Hiking and Biking Trail, a half mile loop idea for families with young children.

  • Camping

    Round Valley Recreational Area is one of the few parks that offers wilderness camping. The campsites on the eastern side of the reservoir are accessible only by hiking or boating. There are 85 wilderness campsites with access to campsites by boat, canoe, or backpacking. Each family site accommodates up to six people. There are also eight wilderness group sites that can accommodate up to 25 people each. Sites have access to drinking water, pit toilets, and many are near swimming areas.

  • Fishing

    There are 19 species of fish inhabiting Round Valley Reservoir, including largemouth and smallmouth bass. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked annually and lake trout are abundant.

  • Hiking

    There are three marked trails at Round Valley: the Cushetunk Trail, which accesses the campsites, the Pine Tree Trail and the Family Hiking and Biking Trail. All trails are accessed from the South Parking Lot within the Day-use Area. Trails are open year-round.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Cushetunk trail surface is rugged, rocky, and steep in places making it suitable for experienced hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.

  • Hunting

    Waterfowl may be hunted at Round Valley Recreation Area on a seasonal basis. Waterfowl hunting is permitted by boat only.

  • Picnicking

    There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area the visitor will find tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome to park where space is available, and take advantage of the wilderness campsites.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted at Round Valley in the day-use area from Memorial Day through Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty. Water clarity and rich aquatic life make Round Valley Reservoir one of the best freshwater lakes in New Jersey for scuba and skin diving. Diving is permitted from April 1 through October 31 depending on water conditions.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Directions

Driving

Take I-78 west to exit 20 A to Route 22 west, follow signs to the park.

Take I-78 east to exit 18 (Route 22 east), follow signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(908) 236-6355

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