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Are parks open? Are campgrounds open?

Last Updated: 05/26/2020

State Parks

State parks are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, hiking, walking and running, biking, birding, and horseback riding.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and only attend parks close to their homes.

All gatherings in parks must comply with the rules placed on outdoor gatherings, which limits capacity to no more than 25 people and requires social distancing.

For instance, organized gatherings must include clear demarcations for attendees – and individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Other requirements for outdoor gatherings include:

  • The gathering must take place entirely outdoors except for restroom use;
  • Limit capacity to no more than 25 people at all times;
  • Require attendees to be six feet apart at all times, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  • Prohibit contact between attendees, and no organized or contact sports;
  • If the event is an organized gathering, the organizer should demarcate six feet of spacing in the area of the gathering to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing;
  • Limit provided seating to single individuals, spaced six feet apart, and sanitized after each use;
  • Prohibit sharing of any physical items provided and require sanitization before and after each use; and
  • Require contactless pay options wherever feasible.

For more on mandatory requirements for outdoor gatherings, refer to the Governor's announcement.

State police and local police will regularly patrol parks to ensure that proper social distancing protocol is followed.

Parking is limited to 50% of maximum capacity. In addition, picnic areas, playgrounds, exercise stations and equipment, chartered watercraft services and rentals, swimming, pavilions, and other buildings and facilities, such as visitor centers, interpretive centers, and interior historical sites are closed.

On days of high visitation, some parks may close early. As visitors leave, parks may reopen. Before visiting, check the New Jersey State Park Services' Facebook page for closing and reopening announcements.

NOTE: Select restrooms have reopened in State parks and forests. Additional restrooms will open as park staff implement new cleaning protocols. For the latest on bathroom openings, refer to the State Park Services' Facebook page for updates.

County and Municipal Parks

Local jurisdictions can decide whether or not to open county and municipal parks, depending upon local circumstances, and may impose additional restrictions on gatherings.

Contact your local municipality or county or visit the appropriate website for more information.

Campgrounds

Private residential campgrounds may open. Social distancing protocols must be put in place, and individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face cloth coverings.

The Department of Environmental Protection is preparing and publishing a plan for the phased reopening of all recreational campgrounds located in any State Park and Forest in a manner that is protective of public health, safety, and the environment. Details will be added when available.

Residential campgrounds, including mobile home parks, may be restricted in accepting new transient guests or seasonal tenants by local governments.

Source: Executive Order 133; Governor's Remarks 5/14/20; Governor's Remarks 5/22/20; Executive Order No. 148