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General Camping Rules in NJ Parks
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Camping in NJ Parks

Camping Reservation Procedures

Camping Fees

State Parks, Forests and Recreation Areas with Camping Facilities

Bass River
Brendon T Byrne
High Point
Jenny Jump
Kittatinny Valley
Round Valley
Spruce Run
Washington Crossing


Minimum age of a permittee — A campsite, lean-to, camp shelter, cabin or yurt must be reserved and occupied by at least one responsible person, 18 years of age or older. A group campsite or cabin must be occupied by a minimum of one adult supervisor, age 18 years of age or older, for each nine campers who are under 18 years of age in the group.

Re-registration — If camping facilities are available, campers may re-register before 10 am on the expiration day of their permit, provided they have not exceeded their maximum limit of stay, and facilities are available.

Limit of stay per area —Total initial length of stay allowed is fourteen consecutive nights. Additional stays may be granted in intervals of not more than seven nights provided the applicant has vacated the camping facilities for at least seven nights between each occupancy for up to 40 nights a year.

Alcohol — Alcohol is prohibited. Additional rules and regulations are printed on the back of the camping permit and are posted in the area.

Fires — Fires are permitted only in stoves, fireplaces or firerings or in approved campstoves provided by the camper. Fires may be prohibited due to forest fire threat when prevailing conditions warrant this precaution. Any device that produces a flame is prohibited inside a yurt.

Firewood — Firewood is not provided at cabins, campsites, lean-tos or shelters, but it can be purchased at most areas.

Pets — Pets are not permitted in camping facilities with the exception of the "Pet Friendly" campsites within Bass River State Forest, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Parvin State Park and Wharton State Forest.

Firearms — A person shall not possess or discharge any firearm, pellet gun, bow and arrow, slingshot or other weapon capable of injuring people or wildlife. Hunters in compliance with Division of Fish and Wildlife hunting laws are exempted. Target practice is prohibited.

Vehicle Limit — No more than two vehicles (including trailers) may be parked at a camping facility. Additional vehicles are required to pay an additional $5 per night fee and may be parked in a location designated by the superintendent. More than two vehicles may be parked at group campsites and group cabins subject to approval of the superintendent.

Visitors — Visitors are allowed at camping facilities between 8 am and 8 pm. All visitors must pay day-use parking fees, if applicable. The number of visitors may be restricted due to limited facility capacities. Visitor parking will be determined by the Superintendent.

Trailer hook-ups — Water, electric and sewer hook-ups are not provided at campsites.

Check-out time — Check-out time is noon at all campsites. Check-out time is indicated on permits issued for lean-tos, shelters, and cabins.


Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Joy Eastmead of the State Park Service.


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Last Updated: June 15, 2015

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