High Point State Park.jpg Spencer Kent | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Garden State's outdoor beauty through state parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites. In 2017 the state reported a total attendance of 17.2 million visitors across the state park system. Here's how many people visited each park. Not seeing your favorite park? Not all of the state's parks, forest, historic sites and recreation areas are listed separately. Parks not listed may be administered by another park in the system, so the attendance is included in a single report. For example, Princeton Battlefield State Park is administered by Washington Crossing State Park, so 56,265 visitors it had in fiscal year 2017 are included in Washington Crossing's 142,585 total. Federal areas such as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Paterson Great Fall National Historic Park are not included in the state numbers. … [Read more...] about Millions of people visit N.J. state parks. Here are the most popular
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Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer, and for many people the iconic American holiday wouldn't be complete without a cool, refreshing dip in a lake. But this year, that won't be possible at Ringwood State Park and Stokes State Forest. A lack of lifeguards has forced the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry to close the swimming areas at Ringwood's Shepherd's Lake and Stokes's Stoney Lake for the foreseeable future. According to Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, just one lifeguard has been hired for this season at Ringwood and none have been hired at Stokes. Ringwood needs six lifeguards to be fully staffed, while Stokes needs four. The state is still seeking to hire lifeguards at Ringwood and Stokes, with the hopes of having the swimming areas open this summer, according to Hajna. According to the Division of Parks and Forestry, lifeguards hired by the state must be at least 16 years old. No previous experience … [Read more...] about Going swimming this Memorial Day? Not at these 2 N.J. state parks.
Winter brings a different kind of beauty to Wisconsin landscapes, including state parks. The popular swimming and sunbathing beaches at parks like Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Devil's Lake turn into on-ramps for ice fishermen and winter walkers. Bike trails become cross-country ski routes. Bare trees and exposed rock formations get a coat of snow and ice formations. Embrace the season and check out these eight state parks that are particularly great in winter.Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau Rib Mountain is home to Granite Peak, a ski area with the state's biggest vertical drop — 700 feet. The mountain has 75 runs, four terrain parks and five chair lifts (including two high-speed lifts). Elsewhere on the mountain, the state park offers a slower snow experience, with most of the more than 13 miles of trails open to hiking and snowshoeing. While the observation tower is closed, the trails still offer plenty of views. Head to the mountain … [Read more...] about 8 of Wisconsin’s best state parks to visit in winter
JEFFERSON CITY • The director of Missouri’s state parks has reversed the idea that the state could sell four recently acquired parks, a possibility floated both in the Legislature and within the parks division. “At the present time selling any of the four is not being considered,” Ben Ellis, director of Missouri State Parks, said Thursday. Former Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration led an effort to acquire the four planned parks, all situated in the southern half of the state. They have sat dormant under Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration, as the park system tries to fulfill a $200 million maintenance backlog at current state parks. The 10 most popular state parks in Missouri Visitation at Missouri's state parks reached an all-time high in 2017. Here are the most popular parks. Signals from the parks division last year that the properties could wind up on the market rattled environmental advocates and parks enthusiasts. For the past several … [Read more...] about Missouri not considering selling any of four mothballed state parks, official says
Two elephant seal bulls battle for dominance at Ano Nuevo State Park in Pescadero on Jan. 27, 2018 (Val Guzman -- Contributed) Male elephant seals have a protruding snout, a secondary sex characteristic. (Val Guzman -- Contributed) Sound Elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park in Pescadero on Jan. 27, 2018 (Val Guzman -- Contributed) A mother elephant seal and her pup at Ano Nuevo State Park in Pescadero on Jan. 27, 2018 (Val Guzman -- Contributed) A beta male elephant seal rests at Ano Nuevo State Park in Pescadero on Jan. 27, 2018 (Val Guzman -- Contributed) Show Caption of Expand By Kara Guzman, Santa Cruz Sentinel | PUBLISHED: January 29, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: January 29, 2018 at 6:55 am PESCADERO – The first thing you notice is the sound, as you approach the beach at Año Nuevo State Park during the peak of elephant seal breeding season. To an untrained ear, it’s a din of honking, bleating, farting, screeching and wailing. … [Read more...] about Mating, fighting, birthing elephant seals delight crowds at Año Nuevo State Park