STEPHENS STATE PARK
Stephens and Allamuchy Mountain State Parks
800 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-3790
727 acres


Directions:

US 80 west to the exit for Route 206. Exit right at the International Village exit which puts you onto International Drive. Right turn onto Continental Drive. Left turn onto Route 604 south; pass by Waterloo Village and Saxton Falls, and turn left into the entrance for Stephens State Park. Proceed straight but at the bridge turn right and to the other side of the Musconetcong River. Park.

Here visitors find picnic sites and 40 campsites. Of historical interest near Stephens are remnants of a 90-mile canal abandoned in the late 1800s.


History:

There are the remains of a limestone kiln here. Limestone is abundant in this area and was extensively mined in the latter part of the 19th century.

228 acres were donated to the State of New Jersey for recreational purposes in 1937 by the late Marsena P. and Augustus W. Stephens.

Within Stephens State Park is a portion of the Morris Canal. The State of New Jersey received lake Hopatcong, Lake Musconetcong and the canal corridor from the Morris Canal and Banking Company in 1922. Today, remains of the old canal can be seen at Waterloo Village and Saxton Falls Dam.

There is a monument here to Art Neu (1880-1941), Conservationist, Sportsman, Casting Champion. "If you kill less, you'll catch more." The monument was erected by His Fellow Sportsmen in 1948.


Trails:

There is a blue diamond path that parallels the Musconetcong River. The Musconetcong River, an excellent freshwater fishing spot, flows over and around boulders through Stephens State Park. An easy walking but rocky path follows the river with places for picnicking in shaded areas.


PLANT LIST:

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/8/95
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn) 5/8/95 soon
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (red ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Populus grandidentata (big toothed aspen)
Populus tremuloides (trembling aspen)
Prunus avium (sweet cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Salix alba var. (weeping willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 5/8/95
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Decodon verticillata (swamp loosestrife)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Physocarpus opulifolius (ninebark)
Rhododendron maximum? (rosebay rhododendron)? 5/8/95
Rhododendron sp. (swamp azalea or pinxter flower)
Rhodotypos scandens (jet bead)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry)
Staphylea trifolia (bladdernut) 5/8/95
Vaccinium corymbosum (high bush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum var. dentatum (downy arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum) 5/8/95
Vinca minor (periwinkle) ground cover over large areas

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Cuscuta sp. (dodder)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yam root)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)
Mikania scandens (climbing hempweed)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax hispida (bristly greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Herbs:
Acalypha rhomboidea (three-seeded mercury)
Actaea alba (doll's eyes)
Agrimonia striata (woodland agrimony)
Ajuga repens (bugleweed) 5/8/95
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/8/95
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone) 5/8/95
Anemonella thalictroides (rue anemone) 5/8/95
Aquilegia canadensis (columbine) 5/8/95
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit) 5/8/95
Artemisia stelleriana (dusty miller) planted
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster) 10/21/00 10/21/00
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 10/21/00
Aster lanceolatus (panicled aster)
Aster lateriflorus (calico aster)
Aster sagittifolius (arrow-leaved aster)
Aster schreberii (Schreber's aster)
Aster undulatus (clasping heart-leaved aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/8/95
Bidens frondosa (beggar ticks)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Cardamine diphylla (toothwort) 5/8/95
Cardamine pratensis (cuckoo flower) 5/8/95
Chelone glabra (turtlehead)
Cimicifuga racemosa (American bugbane)
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches)
Epipactis helleborine (helleborine orchid)
Eupatorium purpureum (sweet Joe-Pye-weed)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snake root)
Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Galium lanceolatum (lance-leaved wild licorice)
Galium triflorum (sweet-scented bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/8/95
Geum canadense (white avens)
Glechoma hederacea (gill-over-the-ground) 5/8/95
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hepatica americana (round leaved hepatica)
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 10/21/00 one in bloom
Iris sp. (iris)
Lathyrus latifolius (everlasting pea) ?
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Narcissus sp. (daffodil) 5/8/95
Osmorhiza claytonii (sweet cicely)
Osmorhiza longistylis (anise root)
Peltandra virginiana (arrow arum)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal) 5/8/95 soon
Polygonum hydropiperoides (mild water pepper smartweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 10/21/00 on in bloom
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf buttercup) 5/8/95
Sanicula marilandica (black snakeroot)
Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail)
Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage) 5/8/95
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade)
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) 10/21/00 10/27/01
Solidago flexicaulis (zig-zag goldenrod)
Solidago rugosa (rough stemmed goldenrod)
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 5/8/95
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 5/8/95
Thalictrum dioicum (early meadowrue) 5/8/95
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 5/8/95
Viola pubescens (yellow forest violet) 5/8/95

Rushes and Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (sedge)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Grasses:
Cinna arundinacea (wood reed grass)
Elymus virginicus (wild rye grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panic grass)

Ferns:
Adiantum pedatum (maidenhair fern)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Cystopteris fragilis var. mackyi (fragile fern)
Dryopteris intermedia (fancy woodfern)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal woodfern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)