Campgrounds in the Skylands account for a huge amount of fun. And while over 500,000 campers relax and enjoy the rural character of Northwest New Jersey each year, they generate nearly $75 million for the region's economy, accounting for roughly 30% of it's tourism revenue. Most of these visits come in summer; short overnight or weekend camping trips.
But many families make a Skylands campground their own vacation home, renting seasonal sites or bringing their own RV to rest at a lovely- and well-serviced- spot somewhere up in the New Jersey countryside. These facilities are a long way from generic trailer hookups and tent sites. They are a network of personal relationships that sometimes extend over generations. Most Skylands campgrounds have been around for a long time and have been run by the same folks since their origins. Each has its own special promise to offer from hot-tubs and bingo games to joyous outdoor gambols.
Camping doesn't have to wait for Memorial Day to begin nor end with Labor Day. In fact campgrounds make a perfect home base for most outdoor spring fall activities such as leaf peeping, bird and wildlife watching, hunting and fishing, simply because they've got "location, location, location." Each campground offers seasonal plans for families and couples.
Park yourself on a 250 acre farm tucked away in the legendary Kittatinny Mountains atTriple Brook Family Camping Resort (1-888-343-CAMP) in Hope! Spend the season steps away from an Olympic size pool, heated whirlpool spa, private lake, tennis courts, and fully stocked camp store. You'll have time to explore all the natural attractions in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation a few miles away, or the Pocono Mountains. And the charms of the nearby villages of Historic Hope and Blairstown.
Then retreat to your home away from home, fully serviced with water, electric and sewer hookups. For generations, Triple Brook has offered a comfortable, affordable retreat for families and couples. Triplebrook offers special activities all year long for the whole family. Amenities like the animal farm, model railroad museum, tennis courts and heated spa are good reasons to make Triplebrook your vacation home in the country!
Other areas prefer to let the woods do most of the talking. Camp Taylor Campground (908-496-4333), one of the more wilderness style grounds in the Skylands was started by Joe Taylor when he bought 400 acres adjoining what is now the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area in 1953. Mr. Taylor was a trapper and worked for the Fish and Game Department assisting private campgrounds. Starting "with an ax, a tractor and a Model A dump truck". He and his son Clayton created 150 half acre (minimum) sites, all with access to a swimming lake and trails that lead hikers through strikingly beautiful forest to mountain laurel atop a 1600 foot ridge. Camp Taylor offers a wilderness atmosphere with the security and services that public areas often lack. Or you can visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve on the campground property. And, yes, if you prefer, you can rent an RV too!
On the edge of Stokes Forest, Harmony Ridge Campground (1-800-GOCAMP-0)makes an ideal base camp for spring and fall hunting and fishing. Sunrise Mountain, with one of the finest views in Northwest NJ, is just around the corner. In case you're hesitant about visiting during chilly nights, the campground has recently added four cabins, each with a kitchen, bed room and sleeping loft.