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Stokes State Forest is a New Jersey gem. The park is known for its lush forests and the spectacular views of the surrounding area that are available.
Stokes State Forest was created in 1907. The then governor of New Jersey donated 500 acres on Kittantinny Mountain for the forest, and the state government bought additional acreage. Currently, the state forest has an area of approximately 16,000 acres. During the time of the Great Depression, the CCC worked in the forest creating many of the hiking trails that are still in use.
Stokes State Forest is home to many species of trees including oak, maple, ash and birch. Deer, bear, coyote and fox are found in the forest.
One of the great draws to Stokes State Forest is the view from on top of Sunrise Mountain. There is a viewing pavilion on top of the mountain that may be reached by hiking or by car. From this vantage point, visitors can see Sussex County, New Jersey as well as portions of New York and Pennsylvania.
Tillman Ravine is another popular area in Stokes State Forest. This area is noted for its rock formations and waterfalls.