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Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

Quail Trail is closed. All other trails are now re-opened.

Allaire State Park

The Capital to the Coast Bike Trail is closed near Spring Meadow Golf Course in Wall Township for bridge repair.

Bull's Island Recreation Area

The Swan Creek Aqueduct repairs will begin later this month and pedestrian detours may be in effect in Lambertville near Swan Creek.  This will be an on-road detour through the streets of the city of Lambertville. Detour signs will be posted.

A temporary detour is in place between Jefferson and Delaware Streets in Lambertville.  Visitors will need to use Clinton Street until further notice

Delaware River access point at the Fairview Road and Point Pleasant-Byram parking lots on Highway 29 are closed to the public until further notice.

Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park: Blue and White trails partially opened with detours, Green and Red Trail open. Fish Stocking will not take place this year at Hooks Lake due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Corson's Inlet State Park

Due to beachfront erosion we have temporarily suspended the Catamaran Storage Program. Please contact the Belleplain State Forest office at 609-861-2404 for additional information.

Be aware that the beach at Corson's Inlet is inaccessible at high tide. Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion to the beach. It is suggested you visit the beach to view the conditions before you purchase your permit. Refunds will not be issued due to the existing conditions.

D&R Canal State Park

February 18, 2014: There are numerous fallen trees between Fireman's Eddy (West Amwell, Hunterdon County) and Hermitage Avenue (Trenton).  It is not recommended for hiking at this time.

The Swan Creek Aqueduct repairs will begin later this month and pedestrian detours may be in effect in Lambertville near Swan Creek.  This will be an on-road detour through the streets of the city of Lambertville. Detour signs will be posted.

A temporary detour is in place between Jefferson and Delaware Streets in Lambertville.  Visitors will need to use Clinton Street until further notice

Delaware River access point at the Fairview Road and Point Pleasant-Byram parking lots on Highway 29 are closed to the public until further notice.

Double Trouble State Park

Carriage Road is closed south of White Bridge due to storm damage.

Fort Mott State Park

Please be advised that the DRBA is not landing at or launching from Fort Mott State Park at this time due to infrastructure damage caused by Super Storm Sandy.

Hacklebarney State Park

March 3, 2014. Due to freezing temperatures Hacklebarney State Park is Closed until furhter notice. Please call Spruce Run for further information.

The park office at Hacklebarney is temporarily closed. Information regarding Hacklebarney State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.

High Point State Park

Due to the impending winter storm, the following roads within High Point State Park will be closed starting tonight (12/13/13):  Sawmill Road and Ridge Road.  These roads will remain closed for winter recreational activities.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.  For more details about the project, please visit the TG website at.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/business/gas_pipelines/projects/northeastupgrade/

Island Beach State Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract for the repair of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The storm caused the displacement of stone along a 740-foot portion of the north jetty that borders Island Beach State Park’s shoreline.  The project will begin this month.  During the project, all mobile sport fishing access points, including A23, will remain open to permit holders.  Only the area immediately adjacent to the jetty and the jetty itself will be closed to public access throughout the duration of the project.

Christie Administration Announces U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract Issued for Jetty Repair at Island Beach State Park

Kittatinny Valley State Park

The Sussex Branch Trail will be closed until mid to late February 2014.

Liberty State Park

The park office and visitor center located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive is now open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The park is open, but the historic CRRNJ Terminal Building and the Nature Interpretive Center Buildings are still closed due to Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Please be aware that the following trails on properties under the administration of Ringwood State Park are now open.  Those marked with an asterisk had previously been closed.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park
OPEN- All trails except those listed below
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Hewitt Butler Trail/Highlands Trail between Rte 511/Greenwood Lake Turnpike
and Burnt Meadow Rd. (Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction project)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Highlands Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Sterling Ridge Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Hasenclever Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out)
CLOSED- Monks Trail (Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction project)

Mount Pleasant State Off-Road Vehicle Park

Please be advised that the Mount Pleasant ORV Park adminstered by Belleplain State Forest is closed for the Winter season. The Park will re-open in the Spring.

Ringwood State Park

A lake lowering permit was secured from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to lower Shepherd Lake in order to perform a cleanup of the beach and shoreline. The lake will be lowered within the next couple of weeks and will be lowered to the full approved extent by November 1, 2013.  Visitors interested in boating on Shepherd Lake are encouraged to call the Ringwood State Park office at (973) 962-7031 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to their visit to confirm that access to the lake is available.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends.  For more details about the project, please visit the TG website at.

http://www.kindermorgan.com/business/gas_pipelines/projects/northeastupgrade/

Due to construction activities associated with the Tennessee Gas natural gas pipeline expansion known as the Northeast Upgrade Project,  The following trails located within Long Pond Ironworks State Park have been closed.  The closure is a necessary safety precaution that will remain in effect until the construction in the area of has been completed.

Marked trails directly impacted by this closure are:

Monks Trail-Entire length
Hewitt Butler/Highlands Trails-Section between Route 511 and Burnt Meadow Road

Please be aware that the following trails on properties under the administration of Ringwood State Park are now open.  Those marked with an asterisk had previously been closed.

Ringwood State Park
OPEN- All trails except those listed below
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Hasenclever Trail in the area of Peter’s Mine (EPA cleanup)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Ringwood/Ramapo Trail between Ringwood Lot B and Shepherd Lake
(Bridge closed / Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction project)
CLOSED- Crossover Trail (Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction project)
CLOSED- Cooper Union Trail (Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction project)

Ringwood Manor, the historic country house at the heart of Ringwood State Park, will remain closed to allow for cleanup of soot released by a malfunctioning furnace. The DEP's State Park Service will be working with historical conservators to ensure careful and thorough cleaning of the interior of the Manor House and its artifacts.

Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

Round Valley Recreation Area

Round Valley Recreation use: Day Use area is open.The Hike and Bike Family Trail, Pine Tree Trail and Water Trail have reopened; the first three miles of the Cushetunk Trail have reopened to the public.

Spruce Run Recreation Area

Bow Hunting is permitted in Spruce Run Recreation Area Monday through Saturdays in designated areas only. Please contact the park office for maps and information.

Stokes State Forest

Sunrise Mountain, Crigger, Grau and Struble Road through Tillmans Ravine will remain closed through April for winter recreation use.

Voorhees State Park

Camping reservations and other information regarding Voorhees State Park can be obtained by contacting Spruce Run Recreation Area at (908) 638-8572.

Wharton State Forest

The Crowley's Landing Boat Launch within Wharton State Forest is closed due to structural damage.  We anticipate repairs to be completed and the boat launch reopened for the Spring, 2015 season. Boat launch permit holders are advised to contact the Wharton State Forest Office for additional information at (609) 561-0024.

 

 

 

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