State and National Parks


Governor Murphy reopened New Jersey's State Parks effective on Saturday May 2, 2020. The order allows State parks and forests to open to the public for passive recreation, including:

  • fishing
  • hunting
  • boating
  • canoeing
  • hiking
  • walking
  • running or jogging
  • biking
  • birding
  • horseback riding.  

Picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, restrooms, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites, shall remain closed at this time. To limit physical interaction, the State parks and forests must implement reasonable restrictions that include:

  • Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas
  • Prohibiting picnics
  • Requiring social distancing to be practiced except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners
  • Banning organized or contact activities or sports; and gatherings of any kind

The order also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering while in public settings at the parks and forests where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.


Limited Services Available: Visit Responsibly - Most park trails and boat launches are open, but all bathrooms are closed and services are limited. Law enforcement is on duty. All park regulations apply.All public bathrooms, facilities, and river and AT camp sites are temporarily closed. Park trails & parking areas remain open except for those closed for repairs or the winter season and those at PEEC. Parking areas at Kittatinny Point are closed

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