For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, and to protect the ecological health of this important natural land, all Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve visitors must abide by the following rules. We appreciate your respect for the land and for other guests, and we look forward to seeing you out on the trails.

Click on any section below to explore the preserve regulations.


  • Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset.


  • Smoking is prohibited on all preserve property.


  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • All pet waste must be picked up and removed from the property.


  • Littering is strictly prohibited—help keep our preserve clean!
  • All trash must be carried out.


  • Parking for the FFP North property is located at 139 Lincoln Laurel Road.
  • Parking for the FFP South property is located on Lincoln Laurel Road opposite the FFP South sign.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on grass or trails.
  • Vehicles must be parked in designated area.
  • Vehicles may not be parked in parking areas overnight.


  • Alcohol is only permitted in designated areas of the preserve by permit only.
  • Glass containers are not allowed.

Plants and Wildlife

  • Collection of plants and animals is strictly prohibited. This includes harvesting firewood; collecting mushrooms, wildflowers or other wild plants and their seeds; and otherwise removing or damaging any plants or trees.
  • Hunting or trapping is not allowed on any Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve property.  Visitors may not kill, injure or otherwise disturb any animals or their nests.
  • Feeding of wildlife is strictly prohibited.

Firearms and Weapons

  • Firearms and other weapons are not allowed on Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve property.

Archaeology, Salvage and Physical Property

  • Any and all historic or prehistoric ruins found in the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve are the property of Frelinghuysen Township and may not be removed without consent.
  • Metal detecting is prohibited.
  • Patrons may not alter, deface, damage or otherwise change any monuments, either natural or manmade, within the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve property.

Recreational Activities

  • Swimming in any natural body of water is prohibited.
  • Non-motorized boating is allowed in the two large ponds on the FFP property.
  • Boating is prohibited in all vernal (seasonal) ponds.
  • Model airplane flying is prohibited.

Commercial Activity

  • Vendors must obtain a permit to enter the preserve property.
  • Patrons may not post advertisements on the preserve property.

  • Permits are required for groups of 20 or more. To obtain a picnic permit, click here.
  • An additional special use permit may be required for some activities conducted on the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve property, including erecting tents, using amplified sound, and bringing in rides, inflatables or other special-use items.
  • Picnicking may be prohibited in certain areas. Please observe posted signs.
  • Glass containers are not allowed.
  • Alcohol is only permitted in designated areas of the preserve by permit only.

  • Trail users are asked to be polite and courteous to fellow visitors.
  • Mountain biking is allowed only on designated trails.
  • Trail users must ride or walk on the right side of the trail.
  • Trail users must give an audible warning before passing others. Announce yourself and slow down to pass.
  • Trail users must obey all signs.
  • Speeding is not allowed.
  • Dogs must be leashed and in control on right side of trail.
  • Helmets are recommended for all riders, and required for riders 16 and under.
  • Bicyclists must ride single-file.
  • Stop only on shoulder of the trail.
  • Ride at a responsible, controlled speed. No racing is allowed.

Paved Trails

  • Trail users must stay in their own lane.
  • Equestrian use of paved trails is prohibited.

Unpaved Trails

  • Bicyclists and equestrians must stay on designated trails.
  • Bicyclists must yield to hikers and equestrians.
  • Hikers must yield to equestrians.

  • Pets are prohibited from indoor facilities.

Cross-Country Skiing

  • Visitors may cross-country ski in all areas of the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve.
  • RESPECT OTHERS: Ski so that you don’t endanger or offend others.
  • SKI RIGHT: Ski the right-hand track when available. Groups should ski single file on the right side of the trail.
  • MEETING: Keep to the right when meeting. On hills, downhill skiers have the right of way.
  • POLES IN: Keep your poles close to your body when near other skiers.
  • KEEP TRAILS CLEAR: If you stop, get out of the track. If you fall, get up and out of the track quickly.
  • WATCH YOUR SPEED: Suit your skiing speed to your personal ability, the terrain, visibility especially on hills. Keep a safe distance from skiers ahead. As a last resort, fall intentionally to avoid a collision.
  • DON’T LITTER: Don’t carry in what you cannot carry out.
  • Hikers and Snowshoers, please remember to stay off cross-country ski tracks!


  • Snowmobiling is prohibited in the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve.


  • Sledding is permitted in designated areas only.
  • Visitors use the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve sledding hills at their own risk.
  • Proper use of appropriate sledding devices which are in good repair and have no sharp edges is required.
  • Use of skis, non-winter style tubes, carpets, snowboards and metal-railed sleds is strictly prohibited.
  • Unauthorized building of ramps, bumbs, moguls, hills or jumps out of a material or substance is strictly prohibited.
  • Children under the age of 12 should wear a bicycle or multi-sport helmet and must be supervised by an adult.
  • Sledding hills may be closed due to a lack of snow cover or for any other safety or environmental-related reason.
  • Pets and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on sledding hills.
  • The Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve reserves the right to refuse admittance to sledding hills anyone who fails to comply with the Rules and Regulations.

Ice Skating

  • Ice skating is permitted in designated areas only.
  • Visitors use the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve skating areas at their own risk.

  • All fishing in the preserve is catch and release.  Fish don’t multiply as fast as we can catch them.  Practicing CPR (catch, photograph and release) will help maintain the preserve’s fisheries.
  • Fishing is allowed only in designated areas.
  • Bow and arrow fishing is not permitted.
  • A valid sport fishing license is required.
  • All waters within the preserve are designated “Fish Preserves.” Each fisherman is limited to two lines with no more than two hooks per line and no trolley lines.
    • Additional preserve regulations regarding size, creel limit and/or closings may be in effect and will be posted when applicable. These special regulations are used for management of the preserve’s waters and to improve fish populations.
  • Anyone required to have a valid State fishing license must also have a valid State Inland Trout Stamp when fishing for trout within the preserve’s trout lakes.
  • Ice fishing is permitted only in designated areas. All ice fisherman fish at their own risk as the preserve does not monitor ice conditions. Ice fishermen should check ice thickness before going out on any frozen body of water. A minimum of four inches of solid ice over the entire lake is recommended before individuals attempt ice fishing.
  • Patrons may not release any fish, including minnows and goldfish, in any preserve water, except in the waters from which they were taken.
  • Fishermen must dispose of their fishing line properly. Discarded fishing line presents a hazard to birds and other wildlife.

  • The following watercraft are permitted on designated water bodies:  rowboats, canoes and kayaks.
  • Radio controlled boats and floatplanes are prohibited.
  • Personal floatation devices, as mandated by federal law, are required for all watercraft.
  • Motorboats are not allowed on preserve property.

These rules & regulations are subject to change at any time.