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New Jersey's First State Park Is Sure To Please You!

Startswood State Park was established in 1914 as Jersey's first State Park. There are a few trails along with two lakes Startswood Lake and Little Startswood which were both formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. Jersey's first state park might not be the biggest and have the best trails but it is still the perfect place for a leisurely hike, quick scenic stroll or a little fishing trip! View more information about the trails and park below.



Duck Pond Multi-Use Trail

This 0.6 mile-paved path provides a level surface for walking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and is accessible for persons with disabilities. The trail meanders through a forested area along Duck Pond. Wayside exhibits found along the trail provide information on the unique natural features found in the area. A bird blind has been constructed to allow visitors to view birdlife in the area with little disturbance to their habitat.


Spring Lake Trail

This 2.8-mile trail begins at the end of the paved Duck Pond Trail. Follow the white markers along the natural hilly terrain through a secondary succession forest to the secluded Spring Lake. We consider this to be a moderate level hike.


Bear Claw Trail

This 0.8-mile trail is marked in yellow and begins at the Duck Pond parking area just to the right of our kiosk. This is an easy to moderate hike on an earthen, hilly path. The trail ends where it meets the paved Duck Pond Trail allowing you to combine the two trails for a full loop back to the parking area.


Grist Mill Trail

This 1.5 loop trail can be found at the most southern end of Swartswood Lake by the dam. The steep rocky terrain makes this a moderate to difficult hike with rewarding views of Swartswood Lake.


View a map of Startswood State Park and the hiking trails, picnic areas and more. Click to download.



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