If you are looking for an outdoor activity, there are many options in Vernon Township. This township is located in Sussex County and is about an hour from New York City. Whether you want to go hiking or enjoy the waterpark, there is something to keep you entertained.
Mountain Creek’s Waterpark
The name Mountain Creek’s Waterpark is an obvious reference to the resort’s water park. However, the water park wasn’t always called that. The park was originally called Action Park Waterworld. After Intrawest acquired the Vernon Valley ski resort, it renamed the water park Mountain Creek. Unfortunately, the park wasn’t a huge hit and fell into a state of decline. After a couple of years, it was leased to Palace Entertainment.
The waterpark offers a variety of thrill rides, including the 18-foot freefall Bombs Away. Guests can also ride the H2-Oh-No, a near-vertical body slide that plunges 99 feet into a shallow water area. Other rides at Mountain Creek’s Waterpark include the Wild Tandem Tube Ride and the Zero-G, the world’s tallest double looping thrill slide.
Mountain Creek Waterpark is situated on a mountain with beautiful natural surroundings. The park offers more than 15 water rides, ranging from gentle to intense. In addition, there are wave pools and spraygrounds. Perhaps the most exciting attraction at the park is the Canyon Cliff Jump, a 23-foot high jump reminiscent of a tropical island. Other attractions include scenic spots that provide the perfect view of the surrounding mountains.
Mountain Creek’s Waterpark is a summertime destination. Located on the grounds of the ski resort, Mountain Creek’s Waterpark opened in 1998. The park is popular with locals and visitors from northern and central New Jersey. The park is open daily from 11 AM until 5 PM.
The park is open on select days throughout the summer, and we went during the fourth-of-July weekend. Although there are several attractions and rides that can be pricey, the overall experience is great. Bringing a granola bar or other snacks is essential.
Wawayanda State Park
If you love hiking and nature, you may want to visit the 34,350-acre Wawayanda State Park in northern New Jersey. This park is located on the Sussex and Passaic sides of the state, and includes 20 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
The area includes many different types of terrain. A portion of the park is an Atlantic white cedar swamp, with a mixture of oak-hardwood forest and a lake. There is also the Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area, which is 399 acres (1.61 km2). The park also contains a section of the Appalachian Trail, which winds through much of our county.
Visitors can hike more than 40 miles of marked trails throughout the park. The trails are accessible for hikers of all abilities. The park’s natural areas are ideal for bird watching. There is a great opportunity to spot the red-shouldered hawk here. The area is also home to a historic Barrett Farm.
In addition to hiking trails, visitors can take advantage of picnic tables and grills located along the park’s shoreline. There is also a pristine mountain lake with plenty of wildlife. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway, this park is an ideal choice.
Located on the Wawayanda Plateau, this park is a picturesque oasis. Whether it’s a family trip or a weekend getaway, there’s something for everyone at Wawayanda. The park is great for outdoor activities, as well as winter activities. Nearby parks include Ringwood State Park and High Point State Park.
For people who enjoy boating, the park provides boat rentals and a launching ramp for private watercraft. The lake is suitable for sailboats and paddleboards but you must make sure your boat is coast guard-approved before launching. You can also buy firewood at the park.
Visitors may also hike the Appalachian Trail, which is a section of the Appalachian Trail running from Maine to Georgia. The narrow, sometimes rocky trail offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The 70-mile portion of the trail is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.