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.
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.