More than 5,600 acres of glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, fantastic scenery, a restored 19th-century village, former railroads turned into trails, and even a small airport. Lake Aeroflex (at 110 feet deep, the deepest glacial lake in New Jersey) and Gardner’s Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating. Share the park with a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, beaver, muskrats, and squirrels.
Hunting, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding are popular activities. The four lakes offer fishing, boating, and kayaking opportunities. Over 100 nature programs, including geocaching, weekend hikes and bike trips, Junior Naturalist programs, and live animal shows, are offered year-round. Reserve campsites, including three group campsites, at Reserve America.
The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are historical railbeds that have been converted for use as multiple use trails. The Sussex Railroad and NY Susquehanna and Western were critical to the development of Sussex County through the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The wide cinder surface is ideal for walking, running, mountain biking, and horseback riding—and when snow is abundant, take to the trails for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You might even see a musher and dogsled team running down the trail!
Directions to the park office: From Route 80, take Route 206 north approximately 8 miles through Andover Borough. Turn right onto Goodale Road and follow it about a mile to the park entrance on the right.
More information at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html