20 Cool Places to Hike within 20 Miles of Point Pleasant

Updated: Oct 27, 2021 Short URL: gonj.me/gfzvft

A while back, some folks on the Point Pleasant Beach, Boro & Bay Head Community Group on Facebook asked about everyone's favorite parks to explore in the area. We figured we would share some of our favorites here!


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Allaire Dinosaurs

Wall, Monmouth County, NJ

Tucked behind the group campground, in a special cedar forest, you will find a few magical (and wooden) Dinos living in harmony.


Address
Allaire Group Campground,, 4001 Squankum-Allenwood Rd,, Allenwood, New Jersey 07719

Info on ExploringAllaire
https://www.exploringallaire.com/visit/dinos-in-allaire/


Allaire State Park

Wall, Monmouth County, NJ

Allaire state park offers biking, a historical village, hiking, railroads, trails, fishing, deep woods, and many acres to explore.


Mailing Address
4265 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale, NJ 07727

Office
(732) 938-2371

State Website
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/allaire.html


Bear Swamp Natural Area

Howell, Monmouth County, NJ

Bear Swamp Natural Area is a small park in Howell, New Jersey, that offers walking, horseback riding, birding and more.


Address
351- 399 Maxim Rd,, Howell, NJ 07731

Land Managed By Howell
http://www.twp.howell.nj.us/114/Recreational-Activities


Bunker Hill Bogs Wildlife Recreation Area

Jackson, Ocean County, NJ

Bunker Hill Bogs is a wildlife recreation area in Jackson, NJ. It was dedicated as an official park in 2009 after many hours of hard work by the Jackson Pathfinders. You will find fishing, paddling, and walking opportunities.


Address
East Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527


Cattus Island County Park

Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Cattus Island County Park spans almost 500 acres and has a nature center, miles of trails (many with lovely vistas of the adjacent Silver Bay), a nice playground and some picnic tables.


Address
1170 Cattus Island Blvd., Toms River, New Jersey 08753, Ocean County

Phone
(732) 270-6960

Website
http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/parks/cattus.html


Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area

New Egypt, Ocean County, NJ

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The WMA is a great example of NJ Pine Barrens habitat and provides a range of natural habitat pitch pine and scrub oak forests, swamps and lakes. Colliers Mill Lake and S


Address
401 Hawkin Rd,, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Basic information and maps
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wmaland.htm#colliers


Double Trouble State Park

Berkeley, Ocean County, NJ

Double Trouble State Park offers an outstanding example of the Pine Barrens ecosystem and a window into the Pine Barrens history.


Mailing Address
581 Pinewald Keswick Road, Bayville, NJ 08721

Phone
(732) 341-6662

Interpretive Center
(732) 341-4098

Website
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/double.html


F. Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary

Eatontown, Monmouth County, NJ

The Bliss Arboretum boasts many acres of paths through woodlands managed conservatively by the Eatontown Shade Tree Commission. Groves of many varieties of tree grace these spaces and provide a haven for wildlife of many kinds.


Address
62-52 County Rte 547,, Eatontown, New Jersey 07724

Website
https://eatontownnj.com/facilities/facility/details/Bliss-Price-Arboretum-and-Wildlife-Sanct-1


Forest Resource Education Center

Jackson, Ocean County, NJ

The Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) in Jackson provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn and discover New Jerseys trees and forests.


Address
495 Don Connor Boulevard,, Jackson, NJ 08527

Phone
(732) 928-0987

Website
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/njfs_frep.html

Email
forestrycenter@gmail.com


Historic Allaire Village

Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ

The historic Allaire Village contains buildings from the 19th century, including a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenters shop, managers house, foremans house and a church.


Address
4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall, New Jersey 07719, Monmouth County

Phone
(732) 919-3500

Website
http://www.allairevillage.org/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheHistoricVillageAtAllaire/

Info from NJ State Park System
https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/allaire.html#allaire


Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, Ocean County, NJ

Island Beach State Park, located in Ocean County NJ, offers beach access, cartop boat launching, walking trails through natural dunes, and much more


Address
Island Beach, New Jersey 08008, Ocean County

Phone
(732) 793-0506

Website
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/island.html


Jakes Branch County Park

Beachwood, Ocean County, NJ

Jakes Branch County Park offers a balance of active and passive recreation opportunities. The nature center in the park will highlight the beauty, history, and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens. Don't forget the huge playground and playground hiking trail!


Address
1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, New Jersey 08722

Phone
732-281-2750

Website
http://www.oceancountyparks.org/frmRegContentPrks?ID=0694b294-986f-46e6-a679-d03ac775c176


Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

Allenwood, Monmouth County, NJ

Located along the Manasquan River, Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area is a haven for wildlife from the heavily developed surrounding area. It contains hiking and biking trails throughout the property. And since this is a WMA, hunting is permitted during a good portion of the year.


Eastern Address
Ramshorn Drive, Allenwood, New Jersey 08720

Western Address
Ridge Rd, Brick, NJ 08724


Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Manalapan, Monmouth County, NJ

Monmouth Battlefield State Park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and more.


Address
Manalapan Township, NJ 07726, USA

Phone
(732) 462-9616

Website
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html


Poricy Park

Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ

Poricy Park Conservancy has been preserving 250 acres of open space, wildlife and their habitats, prehistoric fossil beds, and the Historic Murray Farmhouse.


Address
345 Oak Hill Rd, Middletown, New Jersey 07748

Phone
732-842-5966

Website
http://ppc.wildapricot.org


Sawmill Bike Path

Brick, Ocean County, NJ

The Sawmill Bike Path is located in Brick Township, NJ, offers a nice crushed rock path multiple miles long.


Address
Brick, New Jersey 08724, Ocean County


Shark River Park

Wall, Monmouth County, NJ

Shark River Park offers outdoor fun, for the whole family. You will find trails for walking, hiking and biking. As well as playgrounds, open fields, a fishing pond and more.


Address
1101 Schoolhouse Road, Wall, New Jersey 07753

Phone
(732) 922-4080

Website
http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/Page.aspx?ID=2537


Thompson Park (Monmouth County)

Lincroft, Monmouth County, NJ

This Monmouth County Park is great for people of all ages looking for outdoor fun!


Address
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738, Monmouth County,

Phone
(732) 842-4000

Website
https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2539


Turkey Swamp Park

Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ

Turkey Swamp Park offers 1569 acres including a 17 acre lake for boating, fishing and skating, miles of trails, an archery range and playgrounds.


Address
200 Georgia Road, Freehold Twp., New Jersey 07728, Monmouth County,

Phone
(732) 462-7286

Website
http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/Page.aspx?ID=2540


Winding River Park

Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Winding River Park (in Toms River, NJ) contains picnic areas, baseball fields, playgrounds, nature trails, and a skating center.


Address
Route 37 & Hospital Road, Toms River, New Jersey 08753

Website
https://www.tomsrivertownship.com/211/Recreation

About the author - Jeff C.

 Jeff C.
Jeff C. is a web developer in Central New Jersey that has a passion for helping folks get outside and explore NJ. He works on a few Outdoor-centric sites, including GetOutsideNJ, the NJ Outdoor Map, ExploringAllaire, and more. Please visit getoutsidedevelopment.com to learn more!

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