Coronavirus update: While many NJ playgrounds and parks are closing down to help slow the spread of the virus, NJ state parks, forests, recreation areas, and historic areas remain open for for "passive recreation" like hiking and biking, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced on Monday. If you visit, note that park facilities—including restrooms, camping areas, and visitor centers—will be closed until further notice.
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While most non-residents don't equate New Jersey with beautiful green spaces, there are a whopping 36 state parks and 13 state forests to explore in NJ.
We've picked nine destinations that are perfect for a fun-filled day trip, where hiking, biking, swimming, and boating are just some of the fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Add acres of gorgeous scenery and some wildlife-spotting, and NJ state parks and forests make for an ideal day of family fun in the fresh air.