While social distancing is very important for all of us, being stuck inside is never good for both emotional and physical wellbeing. There were rumors that the State Park System would be closing all their parks, facilities, and trails, but that is not the case. here is a portion of their press release sent out today...
TRENTON Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that public may still access the State Parks, forests, recreation areas and Wildlife Management Areas, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation.
However, campgrounds, visitor centers, nature centers, restrooms and similar facilities at state parks, forests, recreation areas, Wildlife Management Areas and historic sites are closed until further notice in order to protect public health and safety as the state works to address COVID-19.
Given the lack of services for the public, entry fees normally collected by state parks will be waived. Additionally, permits typically required including but not limited to mobile sport fishing permits (ie. beach buggy permits) are still necessary.
This approach will allow important access to outdoor activities such as walking to continue while limiting potential exposure and spread of the virus.
Keeping state-owned open spaces available to the public is important so people can continue to enjoy the healthful benefits of recreation and being outdoors, Commissioner McCabe said. We advise the public to practice social distancing while enjoying our open spaces.
Staff and Law Enforcement Personnel will continue to conduct routine patrols of open spaces to ensure public safety and general wellbeing of the visiting public.
In addition, the DEP is postponing all upcoming events, programming and camping reservations in State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas through April 30. Refunds will be issued, and events rescheduled at the appropriate time.
Again, facilities are closed, but roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation. This is great news!
Below you will find a list of all the State Park and Facilities that we have added into our system...
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