Picnic Areas

Union County Parks follow NJ COVID-19 guidelines: Social distancing required/Masks strongly recommended

Union County Parks follow NJ COVID-19 guidelines:  Social distancing required/Masks strongly recommended

In accordance with State executive orders, Union County parks have reopened and are operating in accordance with current COVID-19 guidelines.

“Masks and social distance are the only effective tools we have for stopping the spread of COVID-19, so we strongly urge visitors to continue to observe precautions against infection while enjoying outdoor activities in County parks,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Social distancing, wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, and keeping hands away from one’s face are among the basic and most effective precautions for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other infections. Persons who feel sick should stay away from others.

The following rules apply to Parks activities:

  • Trail biking:Trail biking is prohibited in all Union County parks. Trail biking was prohibited before the COVID-19 outbreak, and the prohibitions continue. Bicycles are permitted on paved paths and roadways.
  • Closed: The Warinanco Sports Center and the Trailside Nature and Science Center remain closed.
  • Recreation Facilities reopened with restrictionsGalloping Hill and Ashbrook Golf Courses, Oak Ridge Archery Range, tennis courts, Echo Lake and Warinanco dog parks, Watchung Stable (Details on Parks website)
  • Picnic areas: The maximum number of people allowed in a picnic area varies. Check with Parks Reservation Desk for capacity before reserving a picnic area, 908-527-4900.
  • Athletic fields: As per executive order, prior restrictions are lifted
  • Playgrounds: Parks playgrounds are open at Cedar Brook, Conant, Echo Lake, Esposito, Green Brook, John Russell, Wheeler, Lighting Brook, Loop Playground, Madison Avenue, Mattano, Mohawk, Mohawk, Nomahegan, Phil Rizzuto, Ponderosa, Rahway, Rutgers Ave, Snyder, Unami, Warinanco, Wheeler
  • Walking/Cycling/Fishing: Individual activities such as walking, jogging, biking and fishing are allowed. Bicycles are allowed on paved pathways only. No bicycles are allowed on unpaved paths and trails in Union County parks.
  • Use of walking path: Give way to others to maintain six-foot distance when passing.
  • Masks: Strongly recommended.
  • Parking and hours of use: Parking hours vary in Union County Parks and are posted in all lots.
  • Reporting abuse of social distance guidelines: Call Union County Police908-654-9800.

For maps, directions, and more information about activities in Union County parks, visit online at ucnj.org/parks, email parksinfo@ucnj.org, or call 908-527-4900.

Park visitors please note: Stay on marked trails to preserve fragile native habitat. The taking of plants and other wildlife is prohibited. Share paved paths by keeping to the right unless passing. Dogs must be kept on leash. All trash must be carried out where receptacles are full or unavailable. 

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for the Test Center, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

To reserve a picnic area, please call 908-527-4900 or 908-654-9805.

Inflatable type rides are currently not allowed in the park due to COVID.

ParkPicnic AreaTablesGrillsCapacity
Cedar BrookParkside108199
Cedar BrookMathewson108199
Conant StreetConant Street5299
Echo LakeBrookside7399
Echo LakeRolling Meadow65125
Echo LakeLocust Grove114199
NomaheganPin Oaks64199
NomaheganSweet Gum65125
PonderosaPonderosa #15150
PonderosaPonderosa #25150
Rahway RiverHickory5375
Rahway RiverMaples #1115150
Rahway RiverMaples #2125250
Rahway RiverQuadrangle43150
Rahway RiverSamuel's Grove83199
WarinancoSpinning Woods #163150
WarinancoSpinning Woods #253199
WarinancoDippe's Woods53199
WarinancoDurant's Woods95199
WarinancoGregory's Woods54150
WarinancoBoat House #143100+
WarinancoBoat House #23250
Watchung ReservationSkytop83125
Watchung ReservationSeely's Pond #141125
Watchung ReservationSeely's Pond #263150
Watchung ReservationEvergreen (Left Loop)42250
Watchung ReservationOak Grove (Tracy Dr)73250

Briant and Green Brook parks have non-reservable, first come-first serve picnic sites.