Saturday, November 17, 2012
A variety of roads in the Delaware Water Gap are currently closed. The best way to keep track of closures in this park is to check the general access updates page on the Delaware Water Gap website. This page also includes phone numbers to call for current closure information. The list of closures does not distinguish between those due to Sandy and those due to other conditions; this area sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Irene last year.
Per the post-Sandy access page of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, Norvin Green State Park is "effectively closed." Weis Ecology Center is closed for the winter season, but its page at the NJ Audubon website warns about the trail closures in the surrounding park.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Friday, November 09, 2012
Morristown National Historic Park is closed at least through today, 1/9. The park's website has a "park alerts" feature which shows closure information.
Worthington State Forest is open, according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page. Previously only the Dunnfield Creek area was open.
Also, according to the National Parks Service page for the Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Rd. is closed from interstate 80 to Millbrook.
The portions of High Point State Park that are currently open, according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page, are the day use area as well as, "Cedar Swamp, Monument and Steenykill Trails." High Point saw one of the top wind gusts from the storm: 73 mph (per the NJ State Climatologist's Sandy NJ Weather Dashboard.
It took a while for Double Trouble to show up on the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page, but it finally appeared today. Not surprisingly (since Ocean County was hit very hard by the storm), Double Trouble is currently closed.
At present, the only open part of Wawayanda State Park is the park office. Everything else is closed, according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access site.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Washington Crossing State Park is closed, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access page.
Vorhees State Park is closed, per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page.
Update 11/17/12: All roads through Stokes have now been reopened. Some campsites are now open, but many remain closed; some will stay closed for the winter season. Check the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page for more details on campsites.
Update 11/13/12: another post to the Sussex County Bird Club's e-mail list indicates that the Sunrise Mt. Rd. loop was reopened on Friday. At that time, there were still downed wires along Flatbrook Rd., so the advice was to call Stokes State Forest to confirm road access before one's trip.
Update 11/10/12: Stokes remains closed, and the Stokes State Forest webpage specifies that cabins, lean-tos, and campsites will remain closed, "...until further notice due to downed trees and loss of power." However, a post to the Sussex County Bird Club's e-mail list indicates that Sunrise Mountain (and, therefore, the hawkwatch) is accessible via Crigger Rd. if one hikes up to the Appalachian Trail and then heads south along the AT to Sunrise Mt. This is the same access that was used to reach the hawkwatch in the wake of Irene last year, when Sunrise Mt. Rd. was closed (as it currently is).
Stokes State Forest (including Sunrise Mt. Hawkwatch) is currently closed, per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page.
Island Beach State Park sustained much damage from Sandy, according to this article about New Jersey state parks in the Hunterdon County Democrat, and there is no timetable for it to reopen. Island Beach is also listed among the closures on the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access status page.
Although Spruce Run Reservoir has reopened, Round Valley Reservoir remains closed per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page.
The front area of Spruce Run Reservoir is open, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access status page. This article from the Hunterdon County Democrat discusses the process of reopening state parks after the storm.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Hacklebarney State Park is closed, per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page.
Update 11/9/12: Cheesequake will reopen tomorrow, Saturday 11/10, per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page.
Cheesequake State Park is closed, according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page.
Update 11/17/12: some additional sections of the D&R towpath have been opened: from the Port Mercer Canal House north to Landing Lane and from Washington Crossing State Park north to Bridge St. in Lambertville. The park's main office on Mapleton Rd. in Princeton is open; the main office on Daniel Bray Highway in Stockton on the Feeder Canal will be open sporadically since power has been restored but phone and internet are still out. The most current information on the state of the towpath can be found at the D&R Canal's website.
Update 11/8/12: some portions of the D&R towpath are now open, per the DEP post-Sandy access page. The towpath from Lambertville (Feeder Canal) to Warsaw Rd. "is in good shape," and the towpath between Rt. 27 in Kingston and the Blackwell's Mills causeway is open. "All boat launches and river accesses are open." The day use area at Bull's Island and the bridge across the Delaware River are also open.
Updates from the NJ DEP post-Sandy access status page: Six Mile Run Reservoir Site is closed, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is closed, and Rockingham Historic Site (next to the D&R in Franklin Twp., Somerset County) is open.
Since the D&R State Park stretches from Hunterdon County down to Mercer County and into Middlesex and Somerset Counties, this is a long stretch of towpath. It includes Bull's Island. A statement on the D&R Canal Commission's website states (as of 11/1/12), "We ask the public to avoid using the park at this time...Many trees are down while the root system of others may have been compromised. These conditions make it unsafe to traverse the path at this time."
Liberty State Park is closed, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access page. Mike Britt, in a post to the JerseyBirds list, says, "LSP will be closed for months..."
Byrne State Forest, formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, is open after Sandy, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access status page.
Update later on 11/7/12: Wharton State Forest is open, per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page.
Wharton State Forest is currently closed, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access status page. Atsion Recreation Area is open, however.
Update later on 11/7/12: conditions for the Batona Trail are improving; Wharton State Forest is now open. Bass River remains closed, however (per the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page).
Bass River State Forest, the southern terminus of the Batona Trail, is currently closed, according to the NJ DEP's post-Sandy access status page. This is not a good time to hike the Batona Trail, since Wharton State Forest is also closed. Byrne (formerly Lebanon) State Forest, on the northern end of the trail, is open, however.
Update 11/30/12: many more trails at Ringwood have reopened. Check the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page for a full listing.
According to the post-Sandy access status page of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Ringwood Manor Section of Ringwood State Park is open.
Update 11/17/12: via the NJ Hiking website's access updates page, the bridge across the Wanaque River has been washed out, so several trails in the park are affected.
The NJ DEP post-Sandy update page states that these sections of Long Pond are open: Green Turtle Pond Section, Jungle Habitat Section, Monksville Reservoir Section. They are listed under Ringwood State Park.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Update 11/17/12: according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page, the lighthouse and picnic area of the park remain closed, but the "jetty walkway, beach, shade shelters and nature trail" are open.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is currently closed, according to the New Jersey DEP's post-Sandy status page. This article from The SandPaper says that the town of Barnegat Light weathered Sandy comparatively well, due to the extensive dunes buffering the town.
Update 11/10/12: Allamuchy Mt. State Park remains closed, but the day use area and park office of Stephens State Park are now open, according to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page. Trails at Stephens State Park are still closed.
Neither of these parks are open, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's post-Sandy status page.
According to the post-Sandy access status page of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Allaire State Park is closed.
According to today's statement on the New Jersey Audubon website, Lorrimer is closed due to a lack of power. Power may return, "...early to mid next week."
Monday, November 05, 2012
Fort Mott State ParkUpdate 11/10/12: According to the NJ DEP post-Sandy access page, Fort Mott is due to reopen today, 11/10.
According to a tweet from @ScNJbirdreport, Fort Mott State Park is closed with downed trees.