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New Jersey State Park Service

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New Jersey State Park Service 2021 Fall Operations Update

New Jersey's state parks and forests are open and awaiting your arrival! Please remember to Mask Up! when entering park offices, bathrooms and other buildings.


Restrooms are open to the public and are cleaned frequently.

Park offices have begun to reopen their doors to the public. Please call ahead to ensure the park office you plan on visiting is open.

Masks are required to enter all open buildings.

Many nature centers and historic sites are now open. Please call the site you plan to visit to confirm their hours of operation. Remember to bring a mask for indoors.


The State Park Service has continuously phased in camping operation since June of 2020.

At this time reservations are being accepted for family tent and trailer campsites, group campsites, primitive campsites, RV sites, cabins, shelters, lean-tos and wilderness campsites.

Reservations can be made by visiting

The State Park Service has been upgrading a number of facilities which remain closed at this time, unrelated to COVID-19. We look forward reopening these improved overnight facilities soon.


Programming has resumed throughout New Jersey's state parks and forests.

Most programming is conducted outdoors.

Social distancing is required when attending all programs. Masks are required for indoor programs.

View upcoming programs on our calendar of events page.


Swimming concluded for the summer season Labor Day weekend. This summer lifeguards were on duty at the following state parks and forests.

  • Atsion Recreation Area
  • Island Beach State Park
  • Cheesequake State Park
  • High Point State Park
  • Hopatcong State Park
  • Round Valley Recreation Area
  • Wawayanda State Park

COVID-19 in NJ Information

Find COVID-19 resources at or text NJCOVID to 898-211, or call 211.