By Caronline Fassett | April 7, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday ordered the closure of all state and county parks and forests in New Jersey on because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Municipal officials will decide whether or not their local parks will close or remain open, Murphy confirmed. While some federal parks, including the Delaware Water Gap and Gateway National Recreation Area, have closed facilities but remain open for passive recreation, others, like Morristown National Historical Park, are completely closed. You can check the status of U.S. National Parks in New Jersey online.

New Jersey residents should check the status of their local park prior to venturing outside of their homes. has a county-by-county breakdown of all state parks and forests that will be closed indefinitely to combat the spread of COVID-19.