Vernon, New Jersey Mountains, Mining and Nature

 Given the popularity of the Jersey Shore and its reality showcase, most people  don’t think of New Jersey as having mountainous terrain but tucked in the northeast  corner of Sussex County is the township of Vernon, New Jersey.  

 Located about a one hour drive from New York City, and part of the New York  Metropolitan Area, the township is home to roughly 25,000 people, making it the  largest township in the county measured by both area and population.  

 A Winter Wonderland

 Vernon thrives as a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts of every  persuasion. The convergence of skiers and snowboarders during the winter months  gives way to hikers, golfers, mountain bikers, kayakers, campers, picnickers in  the summer and the fall. Vernon certainly lives up to its billing as New Jersey’s four season recreation community.  

 Attractions in Vernon include the Hidden Valley Ski Area, the Mountain Creek Ski  Resort (formerly Great Gorge and Vernon Valley), the Mountain Creek Waterpark,  the Crystal Springs Resort with 7 championship golf courses and health spa, a number of highly-acclaimed  bed and breakfast inns and Mother Nature’s gift to the township—the Wawayanda State Park and the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. In  fact, the Appalachian Trail, which goes from Maine to Georgia passing through  fourteen states, cuts straight through the heart of Vernon Township.  

 Historic Beginnings

 The township was formally incorporated in February 1798, after its establishment  in 1793 from portions of Hardyston Township. The 68 square miles that make up  the town’s borders over the last 200 years or so have not changed since that time. The  population, though, has grown from the 1,548 people that resided there in 1950,  as a result of the popularity of the ski industry and recreational activities  found in the town. Additional growth has also come as home prices have soared  in the near suburbs of New York City and property buyers seek the better values  available from real estate developments in the area.  

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