The Top Picnic Areas in New Jersey

New Jersey Picnic Areas

Photo Courtesy: Liberty Lake

Listed here are the top New Jersey picnic areas for corporate,
family, friends, re-unions, and fund raisers

Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any of New Jersey's State Parks. Policies vary on private campgrounds with many of the facilities including wine or beer in their catering package.

(Picnic Area Ownership Legend) -- State Park

Northern New Jersey Picnic Areas

Forest Lodge
11 Reinman Road
Warren, NJ
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Accommodates a variety of group sizes, themes and functions from large scale corporate events to a small group team building. The facilities include 50 acres of pavilions, shaded groves, sport fields, and a large swimming pool with comfortable lounge chairs, including a childrenقs wading pool, a changing area, and certified lifeguards.

Fountain Springs Country Club
Controlling Road
Ringwood, NJ
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Specializes in providing custom catering and facilities for picnics for large-scale corporate picnics, school field-days, and family reunions for groups ranging from 50 to 2,000. Features: a 26 acres facility with 10,000 square feet of covered Open Air Pavilion Space overlooking Lake and Pools, Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Sand Soccer, Horse Shoes, Roller Blading Rink, Hockey, Bocci Ball, Fishing, Ping Pong, Hand Ball, 5 Swimming pools, Boating, petting zoo, and more.

Hacklebarney State Park
119 Hacklebarney Rd
Long Valley, NJ 07853-9525
Chester, NJ
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Hacklebarney is a state Park and a favorite place for fresh water fisherman, hikers and picnickers. Located in a 19th century mined iron ore site, the park has a fast moving river with a beautiful backdrop of grey boulders and dark green hemlocks. Hacklebarney is a hiking only park, no bikes are allowed on any trails. Hacklebarney has over 100 picnic tables located throughout the park. They are available on a first-come first-serve basis. There are no picnic shelters located at Hacklebarney.
The picnic areas are not reservable and are available on a first come/first served basis.

Ringwood State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Rd
Ringwood, NJ
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Ringwood is a state park The spring-fed waters of the 74-acre Shepherd Lake are cool and offer swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Picnicking with tables & food concession at Shepherd Lake; Also, boating, canoing and fishing are permitted with boat rentals available. A network of trails with rocky terrain surrounds the lake.

Round Valley Recreation Area
1220 Lebanon-Stanton Road
Lebanon
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Round Valley Reservoir is a state park offering swimming boating, fishing, picnicking and camping.
The Round Valley Reservoir swimming area was created by the construction of an earth dam across a narrow waterway on the west side of the reservoir, separating it from the main part of the reservoir. The reservoir covers over 2,000 acres and is approximately 180 feet deep, the deepest lake in New Jersey. It has a water capacity of 55 billion gallons. The reservoir is stocked with lake trout. There are three picnic areas within the recreation area; two are located on tree-shaded grassy spots at each end of the beach, and the third is on a hill overlooking the reservoir and park. At each picnic area the visitor will find tables and grills, restrooms, and playgrounds.

Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckel's Road
Clinton, NJ
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Spruce Run is a state park with rolling hills and a recreation Area that is popular with picnickers, swimmers, fishermen, boaters and campers. The reservoir was one of the first water supply facilities to be constructed and operated by the state and covers 1,290 acres with 15 miles of shoreline for recreation.
Six picnic areas spaciously located in wooded and open areas overlooking the reservoir. Includes tables, charcoal grills and restroom facilities. Visitors may bring their own grills in accordance with fire regulations in effect at that time. For larger groups, they also offer the Group Picnic Area. It holds a capacity of 225 people, provides shelter, playground equipment and it may be reserved for a fee:

Tomahawk Lake
153 Tomahawk Trail
Sparta
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A privately run facility with 200 acres that comes with complete packages and recreation including an 18-hole miniature golf course, rustic outdoor beer garden featuring live music on the weekends, Souvenir shops, Softball field, horse-shoe and volleyball areas, an old fashioned picnic area with more than 800 tables a white sand beach on a 200 acre lake!
There water slides, swan boats, duck boats, paddle boats and bumper boats, the one-person water coaster, Trolley slide and a their awesome Rocky Mountain slide that spans over 500 feet! All you can eat and drink all day catering is done under huge red and white circus tents for groups of 50-1000 people. They also have an outdoor garden.
Alcoholic beverages available.

Central New Jersey Picnic Areas

Black Bear Lake
457 Stage Coach Road
Millstone Township, NJ
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Black Bear Lake, on 33 acres, is a privately run picnic grounds for corporate outings, family reunions, schools, and special Events.
They offer a complete package that includes; Private dining at your pavilion, use of all of our amenities, which include 3 Olympic size heated swimming pools, five acre lake for boating, swimming, and fishing, and all sports fields with complimentary equipment.They can package entertainment, food and beverages with a five-hour menu.They have numerous activities that include: a rock climbing wall, segway rides, outdoor laser tag lakeside dining , a 5 Acre Lake and Sand Beach with Tiki Umbrellas, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, fishing docks, 3 heated Olympic sized pools with lounge chairs, 3 tennis Courts, 9 hole mini golf, soccer field, basketball courts, beach volleyball, and horseshoe pits.

Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Road
Matawan, NJ
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Cheesequake is a state park with several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the Park. For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas. The group picnic area at Farny Point holds a capacity of 150 people, provides shelter and play fields. The group picnic area at Spring Hill holds a capacity of 100 people and provides play fields and playground equipment. Reservable picnic areas are not available on weekends from memorial day through labor day. Group picnicking reservations are required for weekday events. A party of 20 or more people constitutes a group. They may be reserved for a fee:

Frogbridge
7 Yellow Meeting House Rd
Millstone Township, NJ
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Frogbridge is a privately run facility for company picnics, family celebrations, and special events. They offer a wide variety of cuisine options ranges from formal menus, featuring lobster and filet mignon, to classic all-American fare. Their outdoor picnic menus offer elaborate New England clambakes, traditional barbecue favorites-and everything in between.

Holiday Picnics
140 Gordon´s Corner Road,
Manalapan, NJ
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Offers custom picnics for large-scale corporate picnics, school field-days, and family reunions, and children's birthday parties.Features: 15 acres with a large Covered Picnic Pavilion & Tents, 4,000 Sq. Ft. Boating Pool w/ Large Bumper Boats and Paddle Boats, 4 Heated Pools, Water Slides, 3 Tennis Courts, Beach Volley Ball, Kids Car Wash, Softball Field, Go Carts, Basketball Courts, Multi Use Athletic Fields, Horseshoe Pits, and more.

Oak Tree Lodge
1412 Schoolhouse Road
Wall-Neptune, NJ
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Specializes in hosting corporate picnics, weddings, class or family reunions and fund raisers They feature 18 landscaped acres with pavilions and catering for groups up to 2500 people.

Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ
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Originally preserved for its historical significance, the park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat. The park is popular for picnicking and, in the winter, for cross-country skiing on existing hiking trails. The park offers a Group Picnic Area at the Green Grove for larger groups. It can accommodate 125 people, provides shelter, play fields and playground equipment. It may be reserved for a fee.

Southern New Jersey Picnic Areas

Bamboo Gardens
134 Lannding ST
Vincetown, NJ.
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A shaded tropical paradise specializing in accommodating large groups for summertime picnics, corporate functions, family reunions and more. Features a white multi-tier beach, spring fed lagoon,Tiki hut, shady tents & pavilions, horseshoe pits, volleyball, badminton, a brick terrace with tables & umbrellas, a waterfall and more Complete packages include food & music.

Bass River State Forest
762 Stage Rdآ 
Tuckerton, NJ 08087آ 
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Bass River is a state park and the picnic grounds are located near the beach with 74 picnic tables with charcoal grills, a picnic shelter, restrooms, athletic field for games and playground.
Pets are permitted at the picnic area on a six foot leash. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Belleplain State Forest
1 Henkinsifkin Road
Woodbine, NJ
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A state park with several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas with shelters. Area A holds a capacity of 50 people and Area B can accommodate 100 people. Groups of 20 or more people can reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Alcohol is prohibited.

Liberty Lake
1195 Florence-Columbus Road
Columbus, NJ
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Liberty Lake is a privately run and offers packaged picnic outings for corporations, families, and special events. Packages include; an private dining at your pavilion with a five-hour menu, a7 acre lake, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Olympic sized pool, children's sports pool, towel service, soccer field, baseball/softball field, basketball courts, beach volleyball and horseshoe pits.

Parvin State Park
701 Almond Road
Pittsgrove, NJ
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Parvin is a state park located on the edge of the Pine Barrens. The park not only has pine forests typical to the area but also a swamp hardwood forest. Spring bursts out in bright colors and rich fragrances with blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea and over 200 kinds of flowering plants. Thundergust Lake, Parvin Lake and Muddy Run are popular for fishing and boating. Swimming is allowed in Parvin Lake only.
Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the Park. For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas at Thundergust Lake, 100 people per pavilion; total capacity 200. Flush toilets, water, grills, picnic tables, activity and ball fields available.
Group picnicking reservations are required for weekday events. A party of 20 or more people constitutes a group. Alcohol is prohibited.