Picnic Permits

Due to the high-demand of picnic area requests in the first month, please allow up to 5 business days for a response from our picnic permit unit.

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Somerset County Park Commission offers permits for groups of 20 or more who wish to reserve a group picnic area in four parks. Please allow a minimum of two to four weeks when scheduling use of facilities. Please note that individuals and organizations requesting a permit must agree that while using the facilities made available by the Somerset County Park Commission that will not discriminate in any manner against any person by reason of race, color, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious or political affiliation. To apply for a picnic permit, click here for Online Registration. E-mail the Permit Coordinator with any questions or comments.


Colonial Park, located in Franklin Township, offers a spectacular variety of features and activities for park visitors. Acquired in 1965, this 680 acre facility includes scenic frontage on both the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal and the Millstone River. Recreation facilities, prize-winning horticultural displays, and pristine natural areas are spaced amid the broad lawns and ponds of this diverse Somerset County park. Located within Colonial Park is Spooky Brook Golf Course; an 18 hole championship course which offers a wide open layout with spacious fairways and greens. Colonial Park offers two picnic areas available by reservation to groups of 20 people or more. The Knob Hill pavilion picnic area can accommodate up to 150 people and is located just off the main park drive near a newly installed playground and other family recreation facilities. The Pine Grove pavilion picnic area can accommodate up to 100 people and is adjacent to a softball field. Additional picnic tables and grills are located throughout the park for use on a casual basis. The Morgan Pellowski playground features innovative, barrier free equipment. 


Duke Island Park, located in Bridgewater Township, is a site of rich natural beauty which offers varied recreational experiences. Truly an "island" park, it is traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal. The Somerset County Park Commission acquired this 340 acre site in 1958, and has developed it to provide a wide variety of active and passive recreational opportunities and special events for park visitors. Duke Island Park offers five picnic areas, three of which feature a pavilion. Reservations are available for groups of 20 or more. Each of these picnic groves has at least 8 tables and 4 grills. Additional picnic tables line the picturesque river trail and are available on a casual basis. Among these is a fully accessible area, with a paved path, concrete patio, and tables which accommodate wheelchair seating. A playground is located in the park adjacent to play and picnic areas. It features innovative, barrier free equipment.


East County Park is a 150-acre property nestled in the northeast corner of Somerset County in Warren Township. The park includes a 6-foot-wide half-mile long multi-use nature trail made of porous asphalt pavement, and loops around a serene pond with views of nearby meadows. East County Park offers one pavilion picnic grove. Reservations are available for groups up to 50 people. The pavilion picnic grove has 8 tables and two large grills. The roof is an octagonal shape and is 40 feet in diameter. ADA accessible. A porta-john is located in the parking lot.


North Branch Park, located in Bridgewater Township, is the home of the Somerset County Park Commission administrative offices. This 189 acre park, acquired in 1961, offers nearly a mile of frontage along the North Branch of the Raritan River. In addition to being the host location of the annual 4H Fair, the park is used extensively for major exhibits, shows, and fairs. North Branch Park offers two picnic areas, available by reservation for corporations and family groups of 20 people or more. Brook Grove, located near one of the softball fields, contains 10 tables and 5 grills, and has a children's playground nearby. River Grove, adjacent to a large playing field, has 9 tables and 3 grills. A pavilion is located on the fairgrounds, and may be reserved for group use.