One of the more quirky camping experiences in New Jersey has been renting a yurt at one of five state parks, from the Shore region, to the Pinelands, to the northwest corner of the state.
New Jersey had yurts since at least 2000, although Hajna was not sure when they were first erected.
Yurts were most notably used by nomads in Central Asia, especially Mongolia.
New Jersey's yurts were placed on wood frames and featured wood floors, a deck and plexiglass skylight — leading some to declare that they were a glamorous form of camping, or "glamping." Each yurt had a lockable wood door, window screens and flaps.
Inside, they contained two double bunks, and could sleep up to four.
The yurts aren't the only change at Jersey's campgrounds. State officials say they are moving away from the privately run ReserveAmerica online reservation system for its campgrounds, in favor of another contractor.