Explore National Parks in New Jersey
The National Park Service maintains 9 National Parks as well as other protected areas in New Jersey to explore, learn, and enjoy the outdoors!
National Park Service admission fees
- Fees vary, but there are free entry days at each park (mainly holidays and National Public Lands Day).
- A park entrance pass can be purchased for $80/year, and is good for the card holder and 3 guests.
- The price for that same pass is only $10 for senior citizens (lifetime).
- Free for military.
- With the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, all 4th graders get free admission to all National Parks.
National Parks in New Jersey
- Ellis Island – take ferry from Jersey City, Hudson County. No entrance fee but various ferry fees apply as well as fees for advanced tours. Visit the hall where 12 million immigrants entered on their way to an American life.
- Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook, Monmouth County. Parking fees in summer only, no entrance fees. Beach, bird watching, nature trails, Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook lighthouse await!
- Delaware Water Gap – Warren County. No entrance fee but amenity fees may apply from April – October. Mountains, streams, and the 1000 foot deep water gap are available for outdoor fun.
- Thomas Edison Historical Park – West Orange, Essex County. Explore Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory. Entrance fee $10, 16 and under free.
- Paterson Great Falls – Paterson, Passaic County. No entrance fee. View the majestic falls and explore the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center.
- Morristown National Historical Park – Morristown, Morris County. $7 to enter, 15 and under free. Encompasses the sites of George Washington’s winter encampment from 1779-1780. Explore trails, museums, and the Ford Mansion.
Non parks, maintained by the National Park Service
- Washington – Rochambeau Trail. Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, No fees. The trail preserves the march of the American-French allied forces in 1781-1783.
- Appalachian Trail – Sussex and Warren Counties. No fees. The trail extends more than 2000 miles through 14 states.
- New Jersey Pinelands Reserve – No fees. Biosphere reserve: 0ver a million acres over 56 communities.
Check out the Junior Ranger program for added educational fun while visiting your National Park!
Which New Jersey National Park will you visit?