Governor Announces Free Entry to All NJ State Parks This Summer
Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday that entry to all New Jersey state parks, forests, and recreation areas will be free of charge this summer, beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Park entrance fees will be free for all visitors, regardless of state residency. Already purchased 2022 State Park Passes will be refunded.
The one-year state parks fee holiday is one of several fee waivers included in the FY 2023 budget proposal to increase affordability in NJ.
Governor Murphy explained the free park fees are part of several steps to create "...a more affordable Garden State" that will "incentivize tourism and economic activity in our local communities" while promoting "access to green, open space; thriving waterways; and the many natural wonders that make us proud to call New Jersey our home."
The New Jersey State Park System includes more than 50 sites and 453,000 acres, and is a key contributor to the state’s tourism economy, attracting millions of visitors each year. It's park system provides opportunities for swimming, hiking, kayaking, and picnicking among other activities.
To learn more about the State Park system click here.