20-ish Cool Places to Hike within 45 minutes of Point Pleasant

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Here are a few cool places to hike within 45 minutes of Point Pleasant!

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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.

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.

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

Robbinsville, Mercer County, NJ

Many activities are allowed within the park. Seasonal hunting/fishing, boating (kayaking/roof top launch plus small electric engines), horseback riding, an RC field and seasonal mountain biking (you can only bike during the warmer months).

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.

Capital to Coast Trail (not completed)

Trenton, Mercer County, NJ

The Capital to Coast Trail is a 55-mile cross-state multi-use trail that is designed to span the state of New Jersey (west to east) from the Delaware River in Trenton to the beach front town of Manasquan on the Atlantic Ocean. When finished, the tra

Cattus Island County Park

Toms River, Ocean County, NJ

Cattus Island County Park spans almost 500 acres, has a nature center, and boasts miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Silver Bay.

Cheesequake State Park

Old Bridge, Middlesex County, NJ

Cheesequake State Park offers hiking, bike, walking, swimming, camping, and much much more for every who visits.

Clayton Park

Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ

Clayton Park contains many miles of rolling singletrack winding through deep woods and along open fields.

Cloverdale Farm County Park

Barnegat, Ocean County, NJ

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the park is its natural beauty. Besides cranberries, the bogs are home to wildflowers, birds, and a host of other flora and fauna. This provides an opportunity for photographers and nature enthusiasts in any seas

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

Crosswicks Creek Park

Allentown, Monmouth County, NJ

Crosswicks Creek Park, with Historic Walnford as its centerpiece, is a 1,500+ acre park in Upper Freehold Township. Most of the Crosswicks Creek Park forms a narrow corridor of land around Crosswicks Creek. Another 2,700 acres of surrounding farmland

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.

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.

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.

Hartshorne Woods County Park

Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ

Hartshorne Woods County Park offers great biking, hiking, jogging, and views of the ocean and NYC

Holmdel Park

Holmdel, Monmouth County, NJ

Holmdel Park is one of Monmouth County's most popular locations for active recreation and nature appreciation.

Huber Woods Park

Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ

Huber Woods Park offers miles or trails built for biking and hiking, and offer scenic views of the surrounding area

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.

Manasquan Reservoir

Howell, Monmouth County, NJ

The reservoir is the pride Monmouth County park system offering many great activities, both through the park system and on your own.

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 heavily developed surrounding area. It contains hiking and biking trails, as well as hunting over the winter.

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.

Multiuse Trails in Allaire State Park

Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ

A network of trails winds through the park providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Several moderate hiking trails are in the main day use area of the park, accessible from the main parking area. The South Side area o

Perrineville Lake Park

Millstone, Monmouth County, NJ

Perrineville Lake Park offers fishing, hiking, mountain biking and more through the rolling hills of Millstone.

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.

Sandy Hook

Highlands, Monmouth County, NJ

The seven-mile stretch of spectacular ocean and bay beaches on the "Jersey Shore" are excellent for surf casting, swimming, and relaxing on the sand. Nature lovers will revel in the 300 plus species of migratory birds and more.

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.

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.

Tatum Park

Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ

Tatum Park has 366 acres of rolling hills, open fields and bird-filled woods, as well as two Activity Centers, a playground and miles of scenic trails, for area residents to enjoy. The park is named for the Tatum family, who donated 73 acres of prope

Thompson Grove Park

Manalapan, Monmouth County, NJ

Thompson Grove Park contains walking paths, picnic areas, and a fishing lake, dog park

Thompson Park (Middlesex County)

Jamesburg, Middlesex County, NJ

The 675 acre Thompson Park is the largest developed park in out Park System and is located in Monroe Township and Jamesburg. The park features Manalapan Lake, a 30 acre lake periodically stocked with fish by the State Division of Fish and Wildlife. T

Thompson Park (Monmouth County)

Lincroft, Monmouth County, NJ

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

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.

Union Transportation Trail (UTT)

Cream Ridge, Monmouth County, NJ

The Union Transportation Trail is deal for equestrians, hikers, walkers, joggers and bicyclists, this portion of the gravel trail includes a rehabilitated historic wood trestle bridge over Lahaway Creek.

Wells Mills County Park

Ocean, Ocean County, NJ

Wells Mills has the distinction of being the largest park in the Ocean County park system with over 900 acres of pine and oak forest within southern New Jersey's environmental marvel known as the Pine Barrens.

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.

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