Traveling to different drop zones and regions offers a wide range of benefits. You could meet new people who share the same passions, or learn some new skills from someone you just met. Last week I found myself in need for a change of scenery. I decided to take a ride and check out Skydive Sussex. Trust me if you are into a personable drop zone with a knowledge base bigger than some of the major dropzones you have heard of, Sussex is for you. Sussex offers a strong sky family feel with some amazing shredders to boot. If you are in the New York Metro area or just up for a trip, this dropzone is a MUST.
Drop Zone: Skydive Sussex
4 stars ****
Location: Sussex Airport -FWN
Address: 55 County Rd 639, Sussex, NJ 07461
You will check in at the main office located right in front
*If you have a large sum of cash and do not want to lose it, you can put it on your account. If you need cash go pull some out. This way it's safe!
*Restaurant located on Airport property
*Bathroom ( porta potty) and showers
*Camping/ No RV's
**Dogs Welcome, leashed and picked up after. Please make sure they are not aggressive *A Staff of Professional Packers - $7.00 per pack job.
* Tip your rigger it's just nice
*There is a large fun jumper packing tent if you chose to pack yourself.
*Full altitude - $25.00 (14,500 ft.)
*Hop & Pop - $18.00 (5,500 ft.)
** M-F all Fun Jumps are $20 **
The closest International Airport to Skydive Sussex Is Newark Liberty
Address: 3 Brewster Rd, Newark, NJ 07114
*58.5 miles to the south it's around a one-hour drive
*If flying in we recommend renting a car
We at PussFoot love taking road trips. Road trips give us the opportunity to meet amazing people and visit new drop zones. Having our own car on a skydiving adventure gives us a sense of safety and an additional place to store belongings. So, if you are like us and are going to drive there are some things to know.
*Use Waze - this will route you around traffic and show you all of the police. This app should save you some time on your journey.
*Do you really need to bring that? Pack light, you are still in America and can stop to get whatever you need.
*Get a BP rewards card. You will earn $ 0.10 off a gallon for every 20 you buy.
*There are BP gas stations all the way down. This last trip I saved over $50.00 in fuel using one.
*Remember to take breaks, switch drivers and stay hydrated and fueled up. The most important part of any road trip is enjoying the journey, no need to rush!
Arriving at DZ:
So you made it! Do you know where you are staying? Do not forget to check in to the office when they are open so you can fill out you waver and be given an orientation.
3 stars ***
Open field with no shade Camp Fire (yes) please use DZ Fire Pit
The DZ has no wood but you can get bundles of wood from Tractor supply located just up the road for $4.00 a bundle
Address: 775 NJ-23, Sussex, NJ 07461
Phone: (973) 875-7087
1.6 miles to the North
Food, Beer and hygiene
Address: 230 NJ-23, Franklin, NJ 07416
Phone: (973) 209-4242
6 Miles to the north (around a 15-min drive)
Below you will find a map of Skydive Sussex. Look for the red arrow that says Camping area. Just pull in and set up your tent. Be mindful to stay behind the fence. If it is late try to be quite because there may be people trying to sleep. You will also find the bathroom marked on Map. * I found that this tent city is extremely safe, nothing was stolen. There is always someone watching out for your gear. With that being said you never know who might not be part of the Skydive Code. So, take care to lock up whatever you can and be mindful of your stuff. Need a tent and or camping supply's, don't forget that an unnamed large have it all store is located nearby and has an unconditional 90 day return policy.
Address: 61 Dewitt Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461
located 6 miles away it is around a 10-min drive
Rent A Room:
Airbnb has many choices Use zip code 07461
Airport Dinner - located on Sussex airport
3 stars *** ( $$ )
Phone: (973) 702-7324
*Other food is available within 10 min of the DZ:
Things to see:
Ok so this is New Jersey, one day you have Blue Sky's, and the next you have complete cloud cover and rain. So what do you do on a weather hold? Well if you think you are done for the day feel free to grab a Beer. However, if you think the day could be saved and want to keep jumping here are a few things to do while you wait for the weather or wind to clear.
Just a 15-min. drive and you will find yourself at Mountain Creek Water park. From slides to the wave pool, trust me you will enjoy every moment of your time here.
*Fun Fact- this park used to be home to one of the first wind tunnels in the United States.
Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
7.2 miles to the South (around a 15-min drive)
Located 24 miles to the west. Childs Park offers amazing hiking and cliff jumping.
*Don't get caught swimming or jumping
Address: 98 Childs Park Rd, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
ABC Paint Ball:
Address: 1745 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421
Boating, Fishing, Tasty food and Bars, Appalachian trail
Located 40-min to the east, Well worth the drive if you are in town for a few days.
In closing PussFoot had an amazing time at Skydive Sussex. Although we were there for a brief time we were able to meet some amazing people and make lifelong friends. Whether sipping a cold drink by the fire pit, receiving instruction from some of the best shredders in the northeast (yes, I mean you Eddie) or sitting by your small campfire making friends Sussex has something for everyone.
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Credits: Brian Casserly
also * Master Rigger on site! helpful one, too ! not a gnarled old grumpy one. Shout out to Shauna Finely