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March 27th, 2010 | in Recipes
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1 stick margarine
1/2 c chopped nuts (pecans, peanuts, almonds)
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 c coconut
1 unbaked pie shell
1/2 c raisins
Combine margarine, sugar and slightly beaten eggs. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and pour into pie shell. Place on trivet or inverted pie tin in 350 Dutch oven. Bake for 30 min. Let stand in oven about 5 min after removing coals.
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March 24th, 2010 | in Recipes
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Pineapple Chicken Bake
1/4 c flour
2/3 c light molasses
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2-1/2-3 lb fryer chicken
1 tbs prepared mustard
2 tbs oil
1 tbs cider vinegar
1 can (8 oz) Sliced pineapple
1 can (16 oz) sweet potatoes, drained
Combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture. Brown in hot oil. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Combine juice, molasses, mustard, and vinegar, mix well. Place chicken in Dutch oven, arrange potatoes around chicken. Brush with half of the sauce. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with pineapple, brush with remaining sauce, cook 30 min more.
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March 21st, 2010 | in Recipes
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Easy Beef Pot Roast
One of the easiest and yet very tasty pot roasts we have made while camping.
3-4 lb rump roast or pot roast
6 medium potatoes, pared and halved
6 medium carrots, cut into 2" pieces
3 medium onions, halved
3 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 c water or beef broth
Brown roast in oven on all sides in small amount of oil. Remove meat, salt and pepper. Place half of vegetables in bottom of oven, return meat to oven and add remaining vegetables and liquid. Cover and cook at 300 for 3-5 hours depending upon size of roast and degree of doneness desired. Remove meat and vegetables carefully and place on serving platter. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
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March 19th, 2010 | in Camping
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One of the scourges of every camping trip in the history of the world is Poison…Poison Ivy and Oak and how to deal with them.
The best prevention against poisonous plants is to learn to identify these plants then avoid any contact. Should you touch one of these plants, do not scratch, and wash the area in cold water within 20 minuets. Should you develop a rash, use a topical solution like calamine lotion to ease the discomfort.
POISON OAK- It can make your best campout or day hike turn into a total nightmare. You really have to know what this plant looks like in all of its seasonal colors and stay away from it. In spring it is bright green, in late summer it starts to turn red and slightly brownish-orange. The best advice is to know where you are hiking and hike in pants and long sleeves if you think you may be coming in contact with it on overgrown trails. Poison oak can be found growing wild all over California under the 5000' elevation. Once touched, the oil of poison oak can spread from your clothes to your body with indirect contamination. Never burn the plant (leaves or vines) for any reason.
POISON IVY- is not found on the west coast but is found throughout the woods of New Jersey and other eastern states. It has leaves in clusters of three (so let them be). If you come in contact with poison ivy, do not put your hands near your eyes or face, as the irritation spreads easily.
Watch out for this seemingly harmless little vine or shrub in the woods. It mimics Virginia Creeper which has leaves in cluster of five. Some variations of poison ivy leaves look like oak leaves (hence the term “oak leaf poison ivy”) but again, there is no poison oak found in New Jersey.
Myths vs. Facts about Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy rash is contagious.
Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil — the sticky, resin like substance that causes the rash — has been left on your hands.
You can catch poison ivy simply by being near the plants.
Direct contact is needed to release urushiol oil. Stay away from forest fires, direct burning, or anything else that can cause the oil to become airborne such as a lawnmower, trimmer, etc.
Do not worry about dead plants.
Urushiol oil stays active on any surface, including dead plants, for up to 5 years.
Breaking the blisters releases urushiol oil that can spread.
Not true. But your wounds can become infected and you may make the scarring worse. In very extreme cases, excessive fluid may need to be withdrawn by a doctor.
I've been in poison ivy many times and never broken out therefore I'm immune.
Not necessarily true. Upwards of 90% of people are allergic to urushiol oil, it's a matter of time and exposure. The more times you are exposed to urushiol, the more likely it is that you will break out with an allergic rash. For the first time sufferer, it generally takes longer for the rash to show up – generally in 7 to 10 days.
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March 18th, 2010 | in Recipes
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There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning, especially when you’re camping. Below is a Coleman Oven tested recipe for breakfast scones. The scone (rhymes with Joan) is a small British Quick Bread or Cake, if the recipe includes sugar, of Scottish origin. Whether you call it Bread or Cake, serve it with butter, jam, jelly or honey it will be a true camping hit that you will want to prefect and repeat during each camping experience.
2 cups whole wheat or white flour or a combination
1/4 cup buttermilk powder
2 tablespoons dry egg
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder (3 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup fresh water
1 tablespoon sugar, for sprinkling
In your favorite large mixing bowl combine the flour, buttermilk powder, dry egg, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a fork or your hands to cut in the shortening as you would for biscuits. Be careful not to over mix your dough. The texture should be crumbly and the in chunks approximately the size of peas or dried beans.
Pour the fresh water into the dry ingredients and stir the mixture with a fork until it is soft. Scatter a little extra flour about the dough and form it into a cohesive ball. Knead the dough in the bowl about 8 or 10 times. Be careful not to over mix.
Lightly oil a 9-inch round cake pan. Place the dough into the pan and pat it into a large circle about 1/2-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the circle into 8 pie shaped wedges. Sprinkle the sugar on top if desired.
Bake at 425° for about 15 to 20 minutes. The scones will be well-rising and golden brown. They are best served hot with butter, jam, jelly or honey. I prefer them with orange marmalade. In addition to breakfast, scones are excellent with afternoon tea or coffee for a snack. This recipe serves 8.
Apple Scones: Chop 1/2-cup of dried apples into small bits. Soak in hot water to re-hydrate for about 30 minutes. Drain well. Stir the apples into the dough along with 1-teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Proceed as directed.
Blueberry Scones: Increase the sugar to 1/3-cup. Add 1/2-cup dried blueberries. Proceed as directed.
Orange Cranberry Scones: Increase the sugar to 1/4 or 1/3-cup. Add 1/2-cup dry cranberries and 1-tablespoon of grated orange peel to the dough. Proceed as directed.
Cinnamon Nut Scones: Add 1/3-cup finely chopped walnuts and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Proceed as directed.
Raisin Scones: Add 1/2-cup plumped raisins and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Proceed as directed. (To plump the raisins, soak them in hot tap water for a few minutes, and then squeeze to drain well).
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Camping stoves and other cooking accessories have made it possible to cook most things outdoors, but baked goods have generally been out of the question. Until now, that is. Made of smooth aluminized steel, the Coleman camping oven lets you bake a batch of muffins, biscuits, or rolls right at the campsite.
The oven doesn't require electric or gas power to work. Instead, campers simply place the oven on top of a Coleman two- or three-burner stove, which provides all the heat you need to bake some of your favorite oven dishes. The oven also offers baking essentials such as an adjustable steel bake rack and an easy-to-read thermometer. And when you're finished baking, the oven folds flat for storage. Made in China, the Coleman camping oven measures 12 by 12 by 12 inches (W x H x D) when standing and weighs 7 pounds. As you can see, camp ovens have smaller interiors than home ovens, hence standard 9 by 13 inch rectangular pans will not fit inside a camp oven. Since you must use smaller dishes this requires recipes which produce a smaller amount. I recommend the following baking pans for use in a camp oven:
9 inch square pan
8 inch square pan
9 inch round cake pan
8 by 4 inch bread pan
9 inch pie plate
Round 2 quart casserole
At a cost of about $30, the Coleman oven makes a great addition to your camp kitchen.
Baking with a Coleman Camp Oven
Coleman ovens or other camping ovens fit over the burner of a camp stove or placed on a grate over a fire. The heat from the flame rises up into the oven and through a diffuser in the bottom of the oven. There is an adjustable rack inside the oven and a temperature gauge in the center front of the oven door which indicates the oven’s interior temperature. It will not however, allow you adjust the temperature. This is done by adjusting the flame below the oven. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it but it can be done. I burned the bottoms of several loaves of bread before I learned how to use this type of oven with any skill. Since the heat emanates from the bottom of the oven, the tops of most foods will not become as brown as they do in your home oven and the bottoms will have a tendency to brown quickly. You must therefore, keep an eye on them and adjust the temperature downward as necessary.
It is best to use your camp oven in an enclosed area, well protected from wind, as it will be less difficult to maintain a steady temperature. Exposure to wind can make many baked goods take longer to cook. Keep this in mind when setting up your oven and if you cook out in the open, then you may want to keep your baking for calmer days.
Contrary to most recommendations, I don't preheat my camp oven. I think it wastes fuel, and I haven't found any real difference in the resulting cooking or browning of the foods. First I prepare the bread, bar cookies, pie, or other treats. When the preparation is completely finished, I put the pan into the oven. Then I light the stove eye, and put the oven on top of the flame. Next, I adjust the flame to high and watch the temperature dial. When the desired temperature is reached, 350° for example, I turn the flame down very low. Usually the oven will maintain the temperature for the next 20 minutes or so, often long enough to finish the baking. When the temperature begins to drop by about 50 degrees, I turn up the flame again, until the temperature inside the oven has reached my desired temperature. Again, I turn the flame down to low and let the food continue baking if needed. For hotter temperatures, or for longer baking, I usually have to repeat this process several times. I have found that using this procedure produces fewer burnt bottoms on my bar cookies and bread loaves. As you can tell, camp ovens have to be “baby sat” a lot more than home ovens but the results are worth it.
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March 16th, 2010 | in Recipes
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If someone in your camping group is a vegetarian, it doesn’t mean they have to suffer. Below are several great vegetarian recipes for main dishes both at base camp and on the trail.
Black Bean Burritos
Prep time: 1-30m
tortilla shells – I like the soft taco size which pack easier package of Fantastic Foods dried Black Beans packets of taco sauce
cheddar cheese, diced peppers (if in first 2 days on trail) (a dinner for 2 uses 1/2 package beans and 6-8 tortillas)
How to Prepare:
Boil water for beans according to package Add beans, stirring well, and turn off burner*
Cover and let sit 5 minutes
Warm shells if desired (makes folding easier)
Make burritos and enjoy
*do not cook the beans – just let them sit, or else you will have a very messy pan. Use an extra tortilla to wipe leftover beans from pan.
You can also make the beans, and then make quesadillas if you have a big enough fry pan.
Angel Hair with Fresh Vegetables
Prep time: 1-30m
Angel Hair Pasta
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
How to Prepare:
Simple dish with no set quantities. Cook enough pasta for the number of people in your group and eyeball the rest to your liking. Prepare the pasta al dente. In a separate pan, heat the olive oil and add minced garlic, and shallots. Remove the pan from heat and toss oil mixture into pasta. Add finely chopped basil, tomatoes, and broccoli. We like to find fresh vegetables for our camping meals at roadside farm stands. Easy and filling. Enjoy!
Cream of Vegetable Casserole
Prep time: 1-30m
1/4 C dehydrated broccoli
1/4 C dehydrated shredded carrots
1 (0.6 oz) package Creamy broccoli soup mix
1/2 C herb stuffing mix
2 Tbsp margarine/oil (opt.)
How to Prepare:
Rehydrate the broccoli and carrots in 1 1/2 C water. Stir in the soup mix and margarine/oil. Bring to boil, and then remove from heat.
Add the stuffing mix. Toss lightly, cover and let stand 5-10 minutes.
You will find that in most cases any vegetarian dish you cook at home can be easily converted to a camping or backpacking dish and many dishes in which you include meat can be easily modified with the addition of tasty seasonal vegetables.
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March 15th, 2010 | in Camping
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Ah, summertime! Getting outdoors and making the most of those long, warm sunny days. Although most people look forward to the summer, it can be a dangerous prospect if you’re not nice to your body by drinking lots of water and taking frequent breaks.
To beat the heat and have some happy summer memories follow these pointers:
Drink plenty of water.
Sport drinks and fruit juices are OK but you have to drink more of them to get a comparable amount of water into your system. Beer causes dehydration, and drinks with caffeine remove fluid from your body. Always take a break in the heat and drink appropriate fluids. Dizziness, fatigue, flushed skin and a dry mouth are all symptoms of dehydration.
When you lose too much water your skin immediately flushes. When you're dizzy, weak, or lethargic you've lost about 3% of your body fluid. At 5% you feel confused. At 6% your heart races and once you've lost 7% of the water in your body, you'll pass out. When it's really steamy, you should be consuming a pint of water every 30 minutes.
Don’t forget to Eat
Keep salty and revitalizing snacks such as nuts, dried fruit and energy bars handy in order to replenish what you lose as you sweat. Give your body a chance to cool down.
A person with heat stroke will have a high body temperature which will send their body into shock. Heat stroke causes delirium and possibly vomiting. At this point the body won't absorb water fast enough and in fact drinking could lead to more nausea and vomiting. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and one needs to seek immediate medical attention.
Keep babies out of direct sunlight. A baby outside should be covered with a light blanket and hat. Fill kids up with plenty of water before they go out in hot weather as children lose water at the same rate as adults and since they have less body mass the effects are more severe and they can become dehydrated very quickly.
The sun is the main cause of skin cancer which is the most common of all cancers.Thankfully the cure rate is 95%.
YOU'RE AT GREATEST RISK IF you work or play for long periods of time outdoors, you are a natural blond or redhead who burns easily or are fair skinned as fair skinned people don't have enough color pigment to stop the sun's burning rays. Everyone should try and avoid being in the sun from 10-11 am to 2-3 pm when the UV (ultraviolet) rays are the strongest.
Sunscreens are used as a preventative measure to prevent sunburn. If you are already burned, drink plenty of liquids and cool the skin with water, gels or creams. Those sunscreens that contain Aloe are excellent and promote healing. Aspirin or Tylenol may ease the pain and allow you to sleep.
To prevent burning, look for a sunscreen with an SPF factor of 15 or high and one that will block both UV-A and UV-B rays. Apply sunscreen evenly to all exposed areas 20 minutes before you go out. Reapply every two hours, or after each swim. SPF (sunscreen protection factor) tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun, before burning, than you can without using a sunscreen. For example, SPF 15 (the minimum recommended) means that you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could without protection, before burning. SPF 15 will filter out UVB light (the most dangerous) and at least some UVA light (primarily causes premature aging and wrinkles, but with enough exposure can contribute to cancer). The higher the SPF the greater the protection.
But remember . . . NO sun screen absorbs all the sun's rays. If you stay in the sun long enough you'll burn. Sunlight reflected from water or snow can also be dangerous. The most important factor is to apply sunscreen liberally and reapply often, especially after you swim or sweat. It also helps to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 2 pm when the rays are the strongest and wear opaque, tightly woven clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Children are particularly susceptible and one or more severe, blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence can double the risk of melanoma (a type of skin cancer) later in life.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide deflect light rays, but should be combined with screening ingredients. There are colorful zinc oxide creams and transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote) is now found in many moisturizers and foundations. Paba is an ingredient that some find a skin irritant. To improve water and sweat repellency of the formulas, some products use oils that repel moisture and others are absorbed into the skin and then "time released".
Certain drugs, such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives, anti-inflammatory drugs, tranquilizers, oral anti-diabetics, diuretics, some antidepressants, and some dandruff shampoos can increase your sensitivity to light, raising the chance of an adverse reaction to the sun.
Another weapon in the war against the cancerous and aging effects of the sun is clothing made from special fabrics that block 95-99% of the UVA and UVB rays. As a comparison, the average tee shirt blocks 50% of harmful UVB rays when dry (10-20% when wet). Available for adults and children, there are pants, shirts and jackets on the market.
HOT WEATHER TIPS
Take a Dive. If you have the option of jumping into a lake, river or ocean for a quick dip, do it. Even sticking your feet into the water helps. Jumping in a lake or river will unclog your pores so you can continue to sweat effectively. Plus it feels sooooo good.
Wear a hat.
Try to avoid taking drugs as some medications, such as cold and allergy pills, can decrease sweat rates and contribute to overheating.
When you stop for breaks, always rest in the shade.
Until Next Time…
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Timberland Lake Campground is definitely the place to be if you want to be close to the attractions and theme parks in the Shore Region of New Jersey. It is the closest campground to Six Flags Great Adventure, which of course is a great park for both kids and adults, and is often considered one of the “must see” activities in this part of New Jersey. The advantage to staying at the Timberland Lake Campground is that they offer a good discount package deal that makes the tickets to get in to Six Flags a bit less expensive. Timberland Lake Campground is also very close to the Jackson factory outlet mall, so if you want to do some shopping (or if you forget something that you need) this is handy too. Of course, being in the Jersey Shore area you aren’t far from the beach. Be sure to remember your swimming and fishing gear if you plan to camp here or anywhere in the shore area. There are also lots of places where you can rent or buy gear if you happen to forget yours or find that there’s something else that you want or need.
The campsites themselves are pretty good sized. You don’t feel as though you are camping right on top of your neighbor. They are wooded enough to give some sense of privacy also. If you have an RV with a cable TV hookup you’ll be glad to know that Timberland Lake campground offers free cable TV. They’re open from March 1st to December 1st, and pretty reasonably priced at $34/night. The campground itself was large enough to accommodate a pretty good number of campers without feeling cramped or overcrowded. Overall I would recommend that you check out this campground if being close to Six Flags (and getting a discount there) is important to you. Their motto is “Family Camping in a Natural Environment” and Timberland Lake Campground does a good job of providing exactly that.
For More Info: Timberland Lake Campground
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March 13th, 2010 | in NJ Camping
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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.
Camping in the Park
Voorhees State Park has 47 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables available. Modern toilets and showers are within an easy walking distance. There is a trailer sanitary station which is open from April 1 through October 31. The campsites are open from April 1 through October 31 and rent for $20 per night.
There are also two group campsites available at Voorhees State Park. With a capacity of 50 campers each, each site offers picnic tables, fire rings, toilets, showers. They are open from April 1 through October 31 and rent for $50 per night per site.
In addition to the above the park has three shelters. These cabin-like structures each feature a wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks that can sleep up to four people. The sites also include a fire ring and picnic table. Open from April 1 through October 31 they rent for $10 a bunk per night, based on the number of bunks.
Alcohol and pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.
Highlights of Voorhees State Park
Civilian Conservation Corp programs were present in the area from 1933-1941 with about one thousand young men working 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 and later 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.
The CCC boys were paid $30 a month with $25 of that amount automatically sent home to family members or guardians for their support. That left the boys a salary of $5. which they received at a rate of $2.50 every other week. For many enrollees at Voorhees, the CCC provided vocation and vocational 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 or 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 or 908-638-6969 to learn more about how to be a part of this effort! The CCC history is courtesy of Peter Osborne, author
Images of America: Hacklebarney and Voorhees State Parks.
Observatory programs are available to the public in the park. In 1965, the New Jersey Astronomical Association built an observatory on land leased from the state. The 26-inch Newtonian reflector telescope is one of the largest privately owned telescopes in New Jersey. The public is invited to explore the night sky at sky watching programs that are offered year round by the NJAA. For further information, call (908) 638-8500 or (908) 638-8500.
Trails in Voorhees State Park consist of 7 which are suitable for a wide range of abilities and interests. With the exception of the Cross Park Trail and the Parcourse Circuit which are footpath trails, all other trails in the park are multi-use. The trails range from wide and graveled to rocky and steep in places; the Parcourse is accessible for people with disabilities.
Picnicking is available at several areas which have tables and grills and are located throughout the park. For larger groups, the park also offers three picnic areas with shelters that may be reserved. Area A and Area B can accommodate 100 people each. Area C can accommodate 75 people. They may be reserved for a fee:
$80.00 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. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
251 County Road Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
c/o Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ 08809
(908) 638-8572 (908) 638-8572
DMS 40° 41’ 45.53” N 74° 53' 13.68" W
Size: 1,400 acres
Fees: No entrance fee.
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.
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