Bull's Island Recreation Area, Stockton

#43 of 55 in Nature in New Jersey
Island · Hidden Gem · Park
The 79-acre (0.32 km2) Bull's Island Recreation Area is on Bull's Island at Raven Rock along the Delaware River approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Stockton, within Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. The park is a part of the 3,578 acres (14.48 km2) Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. It offers a boat launch, fishing, and a nature trail. Canoes, kayaks, tubes, and rafts can be rented three miles north in Point Pleasant. The surrounding park includes a portion of the D&R Canal Trail, a multi-use trail built on the former Belvidere-Delaware Railroad bed that runs along the island on a north-south route. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

In June 2011, William Arias, 46, of Bound Brook, New Jersey was killed by a falling tree while sleeping in a tent in the upper river section of the Bull's Island campground. The state of New Jersey determined that silt buildup from repeated floods had weakened roots of trees in this area. The park system decided to permanently close campground area and return it to a natural state.
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  • Just north of Stockton, NJ, Bull’s Island is a small but wonderful state park. It has plenty of free parking, a boat ramp and a really cool pedestrian bridge to Lumberville, PA.  more »
  • Stopped here while on a road trip. This is a very nice park. Looks like a great place to camp. We saw people fishing and walked across the big bridge. There is a nice playground for kids.  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places along the Delaware River in Hunterdon County. There is sufficient parking most of the time. As with most places, it can get busy on weekends, especially in the summer. There are so many things to do in this heavily wooded State Park. There is a boat launch on the river. You can put your canoe in the canal and paddle along the old barge canal. There is a spacious picnic area. There are a variety of walking trails along the river and the canal. My favorite is the pedestrian suspension bridge. I have visited this park for many years and I always walk across the bridge to Pennsylvania whenever I visit this park. Finally, there is no admission fee for this park. This is one of the few state parks in the area that do not charge admission during the summer months. I highly recommend Bull's Island Recreation Area any time of the year.
  • I usually love this park. However, we were turned away yesterday due the crowd. Rather disappointing. Understand able. Wasn't meant to be this time around.
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