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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Stokes State Forest

At 8.1 miles the road crosses the northern boundary of Stokes State Forest.

The road is still uphill, most of the forest area being on the western slope of the Kittatinny Mts. The route follows a water-worn notch between peaks ranging in height from 900 to 1,100 feet.

NORMANOCK, 8.7 miles (L), is the office of the State Forest Warden and his aides, who are in charge of STOKES STATE FOREST (hunting and fishing permitted; campsites 50 per night), largest New Jersey forest maintained for recreation, with an area of 12,428 acres. The forest was given to the State by Gov. Edward Stokes. Some of the campsites are in clearings on good roads; others are deep in the woods on rough, steep trails. They are equipped with stone fireplaces, tables, tent platforms, and some log cabins. Small game and birds are liberated in the area and the streams are stocked with fish annually.

KITTATINNY LAKE, 9.5 miles (R), is 1 mile long. A mountain, shaped like an inverted cap, rises boldly from the lake's farther shore.

At 9.6 miles is the summit of the pass (1,000 alt.). Here the road crosses the APPALACHIAN TRAIL, a footpath running through the mountains from Maine to Georgia.

Southward the descending highway enters CULVERS GAP, 9.7 miles.

Through this stone portal Indians traveled centuries ago and later came trappers and Dutch traders. No railroad has penetrated the mountain wall stretching nearly 40 miles along the Delaware.

CULVERS LAKE, 10.3 miles (850 alt., 30 pop.), is one of the State's best-known lake resorts, but little of the lake is visible from the highway. Here the Sunday evening religious service has an unusual arena. About 7:15 p.m. a barge with enclosed platform, old-fashioned parlor organ, and a small choir is towed to the middle of the lake. Around it converge all manner of smaller craft, whose occupants join in hymns and hear a brief sermon. When the group breaks up, the myriad boats and canoes churning the water into white foam, sparkling with many lights, give the effect of beams radiating from the white barge.

The highway rolls southeast through grazing and dairying country with many Holstein and Guernsey herds.

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