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Voorhees State Park

Location:251 County Road Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

Mailing Address:
c/o Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ 08809
(908) 638-8572

GPS Coordinates
40° 41’ 45.53” N 74° 53' 13.68" W

Size: 1,336 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

From New York or north Jersey: Take Route 78 west to exit 17, merge with Route 31 north. At second traffic light, make a right onto 513 north through High Bridge. Follow signs to the park.

From Pennsylvania and western New Jersey: Take I-78 east to exit 16, cross Route 78 to traffic light. Proceed through traffic light. At stop sign turn left, merge onto Route 31 north. At second light on Route 31 north turn right on Route 513 through High Bridge. Follow signs to park.

Facilities & Activities:


  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Exercise parcourse


Voorhees, like Parvin State Park, served as a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) - Franklin Roosevelt’s program to get people back to work during the Depression. The CCC planted trees and constructed shelters, picnic sites and trails throughout the park. Two overlooks provide scenic views of Round Valley Reservoir and Spruce Run Reservoir.

Keep Your Park Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradablebag with you when visiting to take your trash home.Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

Visit and follow for the most recent information on park operations — some amenities may not be available due to COVID-19.

Campground Closure due to Restroom Renovation
The campground is closed due to a major construction project.  We are excited to be offering our campers a new restroom and shower facility, expected to be open during the latter half of the 2021 camping season!


Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset. 

Office Hours: the office is temporarily closed. Camping reservations and other information regarding Voorhees State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.
Note: Campgrounds open yearly from April 1 through October 31.


Park Maps

Voorhees State Park Area Map

Voorhees State Park Area Map


Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) History at Voorhees

From 1933-1941 about one thousand young men worked at Voorhees and Hacklebarney in a Depression-era federal agency known as the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC was the brainchild of one of the 20th century’s leading figures, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The agency had two goals: to give jobs to unemployed young men, between the ages of 17 and 24 and veterans of World War I, and to undertake thousands of conservation projects across the nation in parks, forests and at historic sites.

When the CCC boys arrived at Voorhees in 1933, they found three relatively undeveloped parcels of land. The park still reflected Governor Voorhees’ use of the property as a farm including pastures, woodland, barns and an apple orchard. By the time the CCC boys were finished working eight years later, under the supervision of the National Park Service (NPS) and the United States Army, they had built the present-day road systems, shelters, latrines, visitor amenities, and trail systems or major public access areas that still remain or are used in different ways today.

Each CCC company had 200 men, although that number was not always maintained. The CCC camp at Voorhees was initially known as Camp #20 or Camp Voorhees. Later it was given the designation of SP#5 with Company 1268 assigned to it. SP designated State Park and the company number coincided with the Army Corps district.

CCC boys were paid $30 a month and $25 was automatically sent home to family members or guardians for their support. The boys were paid $2.50 every other week. For many enrollees at Voorhees, the CCC provided vocation and avocational classes. The education program was known as “The School of the Woods” and included job training, current events and access to a camp library.

The staff of Voorhees State Park continues to pursue learning about their CCC history. All former enrollees or surviving family members of Company 1268 are encouraged to contact the park office at 908-638-6969.

Additionally, in an effort to show our appreciation to the enrollees of CCC Company 1268, Voorhees is planning to erect a life-sized bronze statue of a CCC worker at the entrance of Company Street. This statue would commemorate the outstanding work of the CCC throughout this great country during the years of 1933 to 1943. Contact the Voorhees State Park main office at 908-638-6969 to learn more about how to be a part of this effort!

CCC history courtesy of
Peter Osborne, author
Images of America: Hacklebarney and Voorhees State Parks.


The New Jersey Astronomical Association hosts an observatory and astronomy education center in the state park. The 26-inch Cassegrain reflector is the largest working telescope accessible to the public in New Jersey.  All are invited to explore the wonders of the sky at programs offered from March to November.  For further information, visit


Voorhees has 7 trails that are suitable for a wide range of abilities and interests. All trails in the park are multi-use except the Cross Park Trail and the Parcourse Circuit, which are footpaths only. The trails range from wide and graveled to rocky and steep in places; the parcourse is accessible for people with disabilities.



Click to make a Camping Reservation

Due to COVID-19, camping is closed for the 2020 season.

Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.

A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:

  • If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.

  • If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.

The Voorhees Campground is closed due to a major construction project. We are excited to be offering our campers a new restroom and shower facility. Follow us on Facebook for the latest campground news and updates. 

Campsites: 47 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables are available. Modern toilets and showers are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station is open April 1 through October 31. Campsites open April 1 t0 October 31. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night; Non Resident $25 per night.

Group campsites: Two group sites with picnic tables, fire rings, toilets, showers. Campsite A accommodates up to 50 people. Fee: New Jersey Resident $100 per night; Non Resident $200 per night. Campsite B accommodates up to 30 people. Fee: New Jersey Resident $60 per night; Non Resident $120 per night. Open April 1 through October 31.

Shelters: Three shelters. Cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Sites include a fire ring and picnic table. Open April 1 through October 31. Fee: NJ Resident $48 per night; Non Resident $60 per night. To view a picture of the shelters click here.

Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
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Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.


Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park.  For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas.  “The Fields” group area can accommodate up to 100 people.  “Hoppock Grove” group area can accommodate 75 people.  They may be reserved for a fee:

New Jersey Resident $125 per day.

Non-Resident $175 per day.

April 1st thru October 31st
50 percent of Fee
Group Picnic Cancellation Fee

• Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.

Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat


Voorhees Hunting Map

State Park Service areas open to hunting

Tree Stands and Blinds Policy

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Interpretive Programs

The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs seasonally. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.

Common Mammals of Spruce Run Recreation Area, Voorhees & Hacklebarney State Parks

Common Songbirds of Spruce Run Recreation Area, Voorhees & Hacklebarney State Parks

Related Links

New Jersey Astronomical Association

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is there fishing in the park? There is Bass and Bluegill fishing available in several small ponds in the park.
Is there swimming in the park? There is no swimming allowed at Voorhees State Park. However, Spruce Run Recreation Area will permit registered Voorhees campers to use their beach and swim facilities.
Is hunting permitted in the park? Hunting is permitted in several areas throughout the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
Are pets allowed in the park? Dogs are allowed in the day use area of the park. They must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the campground at any time.
When is the Observatory open? The New Jersey Astronomical Association operates the observatory. For days and hours of operation please call the NJAA at (908) 638-8500.

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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Joy Eastmead of the State Park Service.


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