NJ State Parks and Many County Parks Reopen!

Updated: May 20, 2020 Short URL: gonj.me/70922u

NJ State Parks and many County Parks have opened again for passive recreation this past weekend! Do your part to protect others while outdoors -- wear a face covering. We know you want to get out in nature, as do many of your fellow New Jerseyans, that is why we're required to continue social distancing in order to keep all New Jersey families safe.


A few things to note

  • If you don't feel like it is safe to go out... don't go.
  • Stay local. No reason to drive 2 hours for a park when a great one is just a few towns over.
  • Don't go out in groups or meet up with friends from across the state.
  • Practice proper social distancing, and pull up your mask when passing folks on the trail.
  • If you get to a park, and the parking lot is packed, leave. Find another park or just head home.
  • Not all County Parks have reopened. Please see our links below to visit each county's site for more information.
  • Most parks that have reopened are only allowing passive use of their properties.
    • Activities include:
      • Hike/Walk
      • Horseback Ride
      • Bicycle
      • Fish/Hunt (with permit)
      • Boat/Canoe/Kayak
      • Bird/wildlife watch
    • May not be open/allowed:
      • Restrooms
      • Camping
      • Buildings
      • Pavilions & playgrounds
      • Picnic areas
      • Education programs
      • Food concessions
      • Swimming

NJ County Parks

As noted above, not all NJ County Parks have reopened their properties. And many have only opened some of their properties at this time. If you would like additional information about a specific park system, please following the links below.


State Parks around NJ

Below you will find a list of NJ State Parks and NJ Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) that we have in our system...


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Atlantic County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Sussex County, Warren County


Atlantic County


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Wharton State Forest

Hammonton, Atlantic County, NJ

Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails (including a major section of the Batona Trail), miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation

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Burlington County


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Atsion Recreation Area

Shamong, Burlington County, NJ

The Atsion Mansion was built in 1826 as a summer home for Samuel Richards. Richards, who a prominent ironmaster from Philadelphia, was the operator of the Atsion furnace along the Mullica River. Today the mansion appears as it was back in 1826.

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Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

New Lisbon, Burlington County, NJ

Formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent of pines. Today, hikers can follow the sandy trails and roads that crisscross the forest, sometimes passing near the remains of stone or brick structures.

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Cape May County


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Belleplain State Forest

Woodbine, Cape May County, NJ

The forested acres of Belleplain include stands of young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar, reflecting better soil conditions and less damage by fire than found in the Pine Barrens just north of the forest.

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Cape May Point State Park (and lighthouse)

Cape May Point, Cape May County, NJ

Located on the southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May Point State Park is a key site on the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum about the park.

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Corson's Inlet State Park

Ocean City, Cape May County, NJ

Corson's Inlet State Park offers outstanding scenic beauty and endless opportunities for observing a multitude of migratory and residential wildlife species. Corson's Inlet is extremely popular for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing.

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Hudson County


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Liberty State Park

Jersey City, Hudson County, NJ

Liberty State Park is a green oasis in the middle of Metropolitan northern New Jersey. With the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a spectacular backdrop, Liberty State Park is one of the state's most dramatic parks.

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Hunterdon County


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Bull's Island Recreation Area

Stockton, Hunterdon County, NJ

Information about Bull's Island Recreation Area coming soon. Please visit their site for more information.

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Spruce Run Recreation Area

Clinton, Hunterdon County, NJ

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, Spruce Run Recreation Area is popular with picnickers, swimmers, fishermen, boaters and campers.

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Voorhees State Park

Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County, NJ

Voorhees State Park offers camping, nature trails, overlooks of NYC, a nice observatory, and much more.

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Mercer County


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Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

Robbinsville, Mercer County, NJ

Many activities are allowed within the park. Seasonal hunting/fishing, boating (kayaking/roof top launch plus small electric engines), horseback riding, an RC field and seasonal mountain biking (you can only bike during the warmer months).

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Princeton Battlefield State Park

Princeton, Mercer County, NJ

Information about Princeton Battlefield State Park coming soon. Please visit their site for more information.

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Washington Crossing State Park (NJ)

Titusville, Mercer County, NJ

Both a historic location and just a beautiful place to visit, Washington Crossing State Park has a lot to offer anyone looking to get outdoors and enjoy nature.

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Middlesex County


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Cheesequake State Park

Old Bridge, Middlesex County, NJ

Cheesequake State Park offers hiking, bike, walking, swimming, camping, and much much more for every who visits.

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Monmouth County


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Allaire State Park

Wall, Monmouth County, NJ

Allaire state park offers biking, a historical village, hiking, railroads, trails, fishing, deep woods, and many acres to explore.

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Historic Allaire Village

Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ

The historic Allaire Village contains buildings from the 19th century, including a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenters shop, managers house, foremans house and a church.

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Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

Allenwood, Monmouth County, NJ

Located along the Manasquan river, Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area is a haven for wildlife from heavily developed surrounding area. It contains hiking and biking trails, as well as hunting over the winter.

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Manalapan, Monmouth County, NJ

Monmouth Battlefield State Park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and more.

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Morris County


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Hacklebarney State Park

Long Valley, Morris County, NJ

Hacklebarney State Park offers miles of hiking, multiple waterfalls, and fishing access to the great black river

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Ocean County


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Barnegat Light House

Barnegat Light, Ocean County, NJ

The Barnegat Lighthouse contains picnic areas, trails along the inlet and to the beach, and of course the lighthouse itself. During the warmer months of the year, you are able to climb the lighthouse for a great view.

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Bass River State Forest

Tuckerton, Ocean County, NJ

Bass River State Forest was the first forest acquired by the state of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management. Lake Absegami, a 67-acre lake created in the 1930's, is the center of the forest's

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Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area

New Egypt, Ocean County, NJ

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The WMA is a great example of NJ Pine Barrens habitat and provides a range of natural habitat pitch pine and scrub oak forests, swamps and lakes. Colliers Mill Lake and S

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Double Trouble State Park

Berkeley, Ocean County, NJ

Double Trouble State Park offers an outstanding example of the Pine Barrens ecosystem and a window into the Pine Barrens history.

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Forest Resource Education Center

Jackson, Ocean County, NJ

The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) in Jackson provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn and discover New Jerseys trees and forests.

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Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, Ocean County, NJ

Island Beach State Park, located in Ocean County NJ, offers beach access, cartop boat launching, walking trails through natural dunes, and much more

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Prospertown Wildlife Management Area

Jackson, Ocean County, NJ

Portions of Prospertown Lake border the Prospertown Wildlife Management area while another section borders the Six Flags amusement park. The lake is only about 80 acres large but features a number of inlets and coves to explore.

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Passaic County


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Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

Hewitt, Passaic County, NJ

Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is located in Hewitt, New Jersey. A section of Bearfort Ridge, as well as the Appalachian Trail reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view.

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Jungle Habitat

West Milford, Passaic County, NJ

Jungle Habitat is maintained by Ringwood State Park, and is used by hikers, bikers, bird watchers. It contains miles of trails that weave in and out of the remnants of the old park.

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Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ

Information about Long Pond Ironworks State Park coming soon. Please visit their site for more information.

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Norvin Green State Forest

Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ

The undisturbed forest and rugged terrain of Norvin Green offers sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Part of the Wyanokie Wilderness Area, the forest is near Wanaque Reservoir and is home to an extensive trail system built from old logging roads.

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Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Haskell, Passaic County, NJ

This hilly forest is a sanctuary for wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy miles of challenging trails. Many trails offer a view of the New York City skyline. Birdwatchers are attracted to the forest for its ponds, streams and marshes that provi

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Ringwood Manor

Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ

This beautiful country house, which was home for a succession of well-known ironmasters for nearly 200 years, sits comfortably on a low hill overlooking a landscape that looks as if it escaped from a painting. Iron production in this area began in th

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Ringwood State Park

Ringwood, Passaic County, NJ

Ringwood State Park offers so much for people of all levels to do throughout the year, including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, shooting range, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming and more.

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Wawayanda State Park

Hewitt, Passaic County, NJ

Wawayanda State Park contains miles of amazing trails, a large fishing/swimming/paddling lakes, and so much more.

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Salem County


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Fort Mott State Park

Pennsville, Salem County, NJ

Fort Mott was part of a coastal defense system designed for the Delaware River in the late 1800s

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Sussex County


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High Point State Park

Sussex, Sussex County, NJ

The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of NJ/NY/PA. Trails around the entire park will challenge even the most advanced hikers and bikers.

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Kittatinny Valley State Park

Newton, Sussex County, NJ

Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are features of Kittatinny Valley State Park. Lake Aeroflex and Gardner's Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating.

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Stokes State Forest

Branchville, Sussex County, NJ

Stokes State Forest offers activities ranging from mountain biking, hunting, fishing, hiking camping, and much more. All in an amazing outdoor environment.

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Swartswood State Park

Swartswood, Sussex County, NJ

Swartswood State Park offers boating, paddling, fishing, kayaking, swimming, camping, hiking, nature trails, bathrooms.

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Tillman Ravine

Branchville, Sussex County, NJ

The hiking trails on Tillmans Ravine lead you through pine and hemlock forests, across bridges, down alongside a fast moving and beautiful river

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Waterloo Village

Stanhope, Sussex County, NJ

Waterloo Village, 19th century Morris Canal port town, is a National Historic Site. It is located along the banks of the Musconectcong River in the in Sussex County, New Jersey. The Village, totaling over 400 acres, is managed by Waterloo Foundation.

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Warren County


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Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Allamuchy, Warren County, NJ

Allamuchy Mountain State Park offers a wide variety of activities, mainly consisting of hiking and mountain biking through miles of scenic single track.

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Jenny Jump State Forest

Hope, Warren County, NJ

Jenny Jump State Forest offers great views, great hiking, camping and more.

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White Lake Wildlife Management Area

Hardwick, Warren County, NJ

White Lake lies within the 665-acre White Lake Wildlife Management Area between Blairstown and Stillwater. The property, acquired through the state Green Acres Program is partly owned by Warren County.

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Worthington State Forest

Columbia, Warren County, NJ

Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views of northern New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest. A rocky and sometimes steep trail follows Dunnfield Creek from the Delaware River to Mount Tammany or hikers may choose to follow the tra

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