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.

Trail & Path Info

The trails in the park are open for biking, hiking, horseback, and snow sports. The trails around the parking/picnic area off Schoolhouse Rd are nice, but short.

If you cross over Schoolhouse Road, you will find about 7 miles of trails. Our 100% favorite trail in the park is called "Pine Hills". If has the most elevation change, and is (what we consider) the most scenic of the trails in the park.

A note to bikers: Though biking is allowed in the park, we recommend against heading to Shark River for a bike ride. You'll find a lot of roots, sand, and trails that built for hiking, not biking. Out of the 30+ times I have been there, I have been there twice with a bike. The first time I ever went to the park was on a bike. I vowed to never go back. In early 2012 I went back again to easily grab some GPS data. It reconfirmed why we do not really bike here.


This park has a two main of picnic areas, both located off the Schoolhouse Road parking lot. One of these includes a smaller shelter with 10 of so grills/tables. The larger pavilion contains bathrooms, park info, and more. About this pavilion there are also many grills and picnic tables.

Between / near the 2 picnic areas you will find a large play field, and a great playground.

Amenities / Features of Shark River Park:

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Trails / Trail Information
BMX !Just on the normal trails
Hybrid Bike !Many roots. Be careful.
Mountain Bike
Bird watching
Equestrian / Horseback
Hiking !Easy hiking
Jogging / Running !Great trail running
Skiing / Snowboarding
Cross Country
Activity / Sport Area(s)
Food / Vending
Nature / Environmental Center
Park Ranger on duty !Sometimes there. Sometimes not.
Picnic / Sitting Area
Grills / Firering
Picnic shelter(s)
Picnic tables
Trails !Single track and open dirt paths.
General Location
New Jersey
General Areas within NJ
Central NJ
Regions (based on tourism)
Shore (Monm, Ocean)
Internal Data
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Misc Information
Listing Center: Latitude: 40.2020
Listing Center: Longitude: -74.0900
Record Status: 1.0000
Record Title: Shark River Park
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
Pets Permitted
On Leash Only
Special Connections
County Park Systems
Monmouth County Parks
Trails / Trail Information
Boardwalks !Just over a few wet areas.
Rugged / Rocky

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