Most New Jersey State Parks, Forests Are Open; Fees Waived

Start Date: 
March 18, 2020

From New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites:

MOST NEW JERSEY PARKS AND FORESTS OPEN FOR PASSIVE RECREATION WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING

During this time, state parks and forests will continue to be open to the public for hiking and other passive recreation. Community health is crucial right now and exercising (walking, hiking, and biking) while observing social distancing practices can help ensure public health.

Trail Closures in Effect:

  • Effective Saturday, Mar. 28, New Jersey State Parks will close the Dunnfield Parking Areas in Worthington State Forest and the Pochuck Boardwalk section of the Appalachian Trail in Wawayanda State Park. Read more.

FACILITIES CLOSED; EVENTS CANCELED

To protect public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the State Park Service has closed all park facilities (restrooms, offices, nature centers, historic buildings), canceled all events, and canceled all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30.

CAMPING RESERVATIONS REFUNDED

Existing camping reservations from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, April 30, will be canceled. Reservations will be refunded in full at our earliest convenience. Campers currently occupying a campsite will be required to leave by the end of today, March 16. No new future camping reservations are being accepted.

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry would like to remind you practice social distancing while visiting park trails, to cover sneezes, and wash your hands often.

PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PARKS
If you're considering visiting State Parks today, it is important to keep in mind the following to protect yourself and other park visitors:

  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass
  • Do not gather in groups and maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others at all times
  • Leave any area that you cannot maintain a six-foot distance
  • Cover sneezes and refrain from touching your face
  •  Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you exhibit any symptoms

As PARK RESTROOMS ARE CLOSED due to COVID-19 concerns, please also remember to "go" before you go out to parks.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/
NJ residents can call 211 with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and learn resources available to them.
Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to subscribe to text message updates on NJ COVID-19.

Check back to this Facebook page and the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website for any new information.

For updates, follow NJ State Parks on Facebook.

Remember: The safest place right now is at home.

 

 

Remember: The safest place right now is at home.