Practice Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trails
A Message from NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Parks & Forestry
State Parks and Forests OPEN for passive recreation
with social distancing

Please enjoying New Jersey’s parks while protecting public health by following these tips:

  • Make space for others on the trails. To protect yourself and other park visitors while on trails, visitors should warn other users of their presence when passing by. As others pass, step aside for them.
  • Go solo – or with immediate family. Please visit parks with family members from your household or for solo activities such as dog-walking or biking. Follow carry-in/carry-out guidelines by cleaning up after your pet and taking home with you any trash.
  • Give yourself – and others – space. Do not gather in groups of 10 or more and maintain a six-foot distance from others at all times. If the recommended distance is not possible, go to another area of the park or visit the park another time.
  • Drop your line, keep your distance. As warmer weather and the spring trout fishing season approaches, anglers are reminded that the six-foot distance rule remains in effect. If the required distance cannot be maintained, find another area to fish.
  • Go before you go. As park restrooms are closed, please use the restroom before visiting a park. Do not attempt to open bathroom or other facility doors, which are locked.
  • Stay away from playground equipment and parks facilities. All playground equipment and all park buildings such as nature centers, bathrooms, offices and historic buildings are closed. Events have been canceled and all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30 have been canceled. Camping reservations will be refunded in full and new camping reservations will not be accepted.
  • Follow CDC and state health recommendations. Visit and for the most recent recommendations to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19.
State parks and forest trails are open, but all buildings, including bathrooms, are closed. All public shooting ranges also are closed until further notice. Visitors are reminded to keep a minimum six-foot distance from others during their visits.

Entrance fees are not being charged at state parks and forests. Trails are open for exercise such as walking, fishing, hiking and biking as long as social distancing requirements are observed.

New Jersey State Park Police and State Park Service are patrolling properties and will reinforce social distancing guidelines to help promote New Jersey’s public health and safety. State Park Police can be reached via the 24-hour dispatch center at 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337).

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Info from the Morris County Park Commission:
Morris Township Parks & Rec | Website