Enjoy free admission to New Jersey’s National Parks

US national parks, including those in New Jersey, are waiving admission fees this Saturday (4/16) to celebrate the first day of National Parks Week.

National Parks Week runs from April 16-24, and Americans are encouraged to visit a national park and share their experiences on social media at #NationalParkWeek and #sParkDiscovery.

Each day of the week has a particular theme. The first three are:

April 16: Park Discovery National Parks Week kicks off with a free day to encourage everyone to discover something new by visiting a national park, especially a park near you, a park you haven’t considered visiting or a park you never realized a national park! Which new national park will you discover? #sParkDiscovery

Sunday April 17: Park Creativity National parks have inspired artistic expression and creativity for generations. Who is your muse of the park? What masterpiece can you create? #sParkCreativity

Monday April 18: Park Collaboration We get along with a little help from our friends. Meet our many partners who help us expand our reach and offerings and connect people to parks. How can you get involved or participate in opportunities? #sParkCollaboration

Officially designated national parks in New Jersey include Paterson Great Falls State Park, Morristown National Historical Park, and Thomas Edison State Park in West Orange. Ellis Island is a national monument.

There has been a push to make the Delaware Water Gap a national park, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The other free days this year:

August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

September 24: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle only.

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NJ County Fairs are making a comeback: Check out the schedule for 2022

UPDATE 4/10: A current list of county fairs happening in the Garden State for 2022. From rides, food, animals and hot air balloons, each county fair has something unique to offer.

(Fairs are listed in geographic order from South NJ to North NJ)

These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

Municipal tax bill for every city and town in NJ, filed

Just under 30 cents of every $1 of property taxes collected in New Jersey supports municipal services provided by cities, townships, boroughs, and villages. Statewide, the average municipal tax bill alone in 2021 was $2,725, but that varied widely from over $13,000 in Tavistock to nothing in three townships. In addition to the $9.22 billion in taxes for municipal purposes, special tax districts that in some locations provide municipal services such as fire protection, garbage collection or economic development collected 323, $8 million in 2021.

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