by Cynthia Coritz
c/o Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
PO Box 215
New Lisbon, NJ 08064
40° 0’ 27.13” N 74° 49' 59.59" W
Fees: No entrance fee.
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Rancocas State Park can be reached by I-295, exit
45A or via Route 38 into Mount Holly. Proceeding
onto the Mount Holly bypass, make a left at the
second traffic light. Follow signs to the park
for about 4 miles.
The Rancocas Creek provides an idyllic setting to observe nature up close in this rustic park. Hikers, bicyclists and joggers are welcome, however, there are no staffed facilities on site. The Rancocas Nature Center (entrance off Rancocas Road) hosts a variety of wildlife and outdoor programs.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean
and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Should you require immediate, medical emergency assistance please call 911. To report all other law enforcement emergencies, please call the NJDEP Trenton Dispatch at 1-877-WARNDEP [1-877-927-6337]. Rancocas State Park is patrolled by the State Park Police.
During this time, state parks and forests will continue to be open to the public for hiking and other passive recreation. Community health is crucial right now and exercising (walking, hiking, and biking) while observing social distancing practices can help ensure public health.
FACILITIES CLOSED; EVENTS CANCELED
To protect public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the State Park Service has closed all park facilities (restrooms, offices, nature centers, historic buildings), canceled all events, and canceled all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30.
CAMPING RESERVATIONS REFUNDED
Existing camping reservations from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, April 30, will be canceled. Reservations will be refunded in full at our earliest convenience. Campers currently occupying a campsite will be required to leave by the end of today, March 16. No new future camping reservations are being accepted.
Check back to this Facebook page and the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website for any new information.
Learn more about COVID-19 from the New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry would like to remind you practice social distancing while visiting park trails, to cover sneezes, and wash your hands often.
Rancocas State Park Map
The Rancocas Nature Center has nature trails, guided walks and summer camps. For more information, please call (609) 261-2495 or visit them on the web at www.rancocasnaturecenter.org. The Nature Center is a unique partnership involving the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks & Forestry, the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Westampton Township, the Rancocas Conservancy and the Friends of the Nature Center at Rancocas State Park.
Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
Area (58 acres)
A network of trails wanders through upland
and lowland hardwood forest, leading hikers along the North
Branch of the Rancocas Creek and an extensive freshwater tidal
marsh. The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for
numerous species of birds and animals. The natural area features
a self-guided interpretive trail with highlighted points of
Rancocas State Park is located within Deer Management Zone #48. Portions of the property are open to properly licensed bowhunters during Fall, Special Permit, and Winter seasons in pursuit of whitetail deer. No other game species may be taken.
The property has several leased tenants, including farmers and model airplane enthusiasts. Hunters are reminded to respect official "Safety Zones" and posted areas that are identified as "No Hunting" or "No Trespassing". Violators will be prosecuted.
Fish and Wildlife Hunting Digest
Rancocas Hunting Map*
State Park Service areas open to hunting
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