Jenny Jump State Forest

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Jenny Jump State Forest
2013-05-06 17 02 10 View of Jenny Jump Mountain and Jenny Jump State Forest from Hope Road near Great Meadows, New Jersey.jpg
View of Jenny Jump Mountain and Jenny Jump State Forest from Hope Road near Great Meadows
Jenny Jump State Forest is located in New Jersey
Jenny Jump State Forest
Location in New Jersey
Jenny Jump State Forest is located in the US
Jenny Jump State Forest
Location in United States
Location Warren County, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°55′19.3″N 74°55′32.1″W / 40.922028°N 74.925583°W / 40.922028; -74.925583Coordinates: 40°55′19.3″N 74°55′32.1″W / 40.922028°N 74.925583°W / 40.922028; -74.925583[1]
Area 4,466 acres (18.07 km2)
Opened 1931
Administered by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata

Jenny Jump State Forest is a state park in the U.S. state of New Jersey operated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry. It is located in northern Warren County in the northwestern section of New Jersey, on the 1,112-foot (339 m) high, 6-mile (10 km) long Jenny Jump Mountain ridge.

The park has extensive hiking trails on the mountainside, featuring large glacial boulders and outcroppings from the Wisconsin glaciation approximately 21,000 years ago.

It is said that the park was named after an Indian chasing a girl named Jenny, who jumped to her death on Jenny Jump Mountain.[2][better source needed]

Environment[edit]

The park's forests are part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The park grounds include the Greenwood Observatory, built by the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey (UACNJ) in 1995. The observatory is open for public stargazing on Saturday nights April through October.[4] There are several other observatories located at Jenny Jump, including the Brady which houses a 178MM Refractor and a solar observatory. The area is used by many amateur astro photographers as Jenny Jump has some of the darkest skies in New Jersey.

The park has camping facilities April to October, and shelters available all year long.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/jennyjump.html
  2. ^ Weird NJ
  3. ^ Olson, D. M; Dinerstein, E.; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14.
  4. ^ UACNJ Observatory at Jenny Jump, accessed September 3, 2006

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