New Jersey State Parks Regulations

New Jersey State Parks Regulations
New Jersey State Parks follows many common park regulations and policies for day-users and leash requirements for pets. New Jersey does not permit ATVs and motorized bikes on trails, and requires Mobile Sport Fishing permits for driving on park beaches.

Carry In, Carry Out

New Jersey State Parks follows a Carry In, Carry Out trash policy for day-use visitors. You can find bags at park entrances.


New Jersey parks offer a mixture of trail types for different users, including hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders.


Visitors who are camping may use bags provided by the park, and dispose of trash and recycling items at camping area dumpsters and recycling bins.


Pets must be under your control and kept on a six-foot or shorter leash at all times. Pets are not welcome in swimming areas or in non-designated pet-friendly campsites and facilities (see Resources).

Mobile Sport Fishing Vehicle Permits

Mobile Sport Fishing Vehicle permits must be purchased if you plan to take your 4x4 on the sand. New Jersey sells three-day and annual permits, and requires that vehicles on the beach carry a number of items, including tackle and poles for each visitor in the vehicle, a shovel, a first aid kit and a tire gauge.

Swimming Areas

New Jersey State Parks opens swimming areas (excepting Island Beach State Park) from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Island Beach State Park features lifeguards from mid-June through Labor Day.

Article Written By Candace Benson

Candace Benson has nearly five years of experience as a volunteer coordinator and has worked for non-profits and state agencies. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Benson wrote for a number of video game websites and blogs and worked as a technical support agent. Benson currently writes for eHow.

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