Worthington State Forest, Columbia

#33 of 59 in Nature in New Jersey
Worthington State Forest consists of 6421 acres in Warren County, New Jersey and offers camping, hiking, a public free-to-use boat launch, canoe/kayak rentals, and stunning views of the Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap.
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Worthington State Forest Reviews
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  • I camped at Worthington during August, 2019 for two out of a planned three night stay (Friday-Sunday). I spent almost the entire weekend listening to other people’s music; Latin dance club type tunes....  more »
  • We love this State Forest. We saw two death Coyotes, Racoons, a skunk, squerrels! The river is beautifull, even in The winter..  more »
  • The campsites are nice and so are the grounds. Staff at the front desk needs to work on being more friendly and helpful (it was a pattern with several folks). Will give them a shot again next year and update if things improve.
  • I grew up camping here and it pains me to give them a bad review, and I’m doing it to try and call attention to serious need for improvement: ANIMAL SAFETY! The bear and coyote population have become extremely brazen and accustomed to people. Last time I camped there I saw multiple coyotes in the area and heard them yipping and carrying on in the bushes a few meters away from our tent and playing children at neighboring campsites. The kids at the front desk responded with “there are no verified sightings of coyotes in the park” and the rangers are nowhere to be found on a regular basis. Same thing with the bears: even 20 years ago you felt a little cheated if you didn’t see a bear once over the course of several weeks of camping, but now there’s a palpable fear of bears in the staff...but they won’t admit there’s a problem. They make it clear that this is the bears’ natural habitat but seem to neglect their responsibility in keeping the people visiting that habit safe. And the bears don’t feel at all threatened, which is a disservice to them because first attack and bears are going to be slaughtered as a matter of policy and also for revenge, on top of someone dying. On top of that, the rangers and staff don’t seem to take issue with people partying loudly in campsites. Years ago you wouldn’t dare bring booze in and last three times there I had to put up with blaring music day and night, next to people who were clearly chugging from a flask. I like partying as much as the next person, but not here. The park needs to do something about it because it is attracting the wrong element. Most serious is the animal control issue, and I fear nothing will be done until someone dies a horrific death and animals will be destroyed. Here is a clipping of what happened at another park, to illustrate how this will play out. I hope you take this warning seriously.
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