Allaire State Park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making town, Allaire Village, and its antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. There is also 2 campgrounds (regular / group) and a disc golf course.
The Manasquan River, which winds through the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. The river's floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy the many trails in the park.
Trail & Path Info
The park can be broken up into two primary sections divided by the Manasquan River. Each has somewhat specific trail uses..
Allaire Village / Campground (Northern side of Allaire)
On the northern side of the park, you will find the campground and Allaire Village. The village is surrounded by hiking/walking trails. These are primarily flat but very enjoyable. Bikers and horse back riding is not allowed on many of these trails. You will also find the entrance to the Edgar Felix Bikeway Trails, which is a great paved path between the village and Manasquan, NJ. Across Atlantic Ave from the village (as well as around the campground) there are a good amount of trails. You can hike/bike/job/ride a horse on these.
Biking/Hiking trails, Hospital Rd / Group Campground (Southern side of Allaire)
Along the southern side of the park you will find miles of multi-use, multi-sport trails that hikers, bikers, equestrians and fisherman enjoy throughout the year. Though you will find many dirt parking on the surrounding roads, the main parking for this is found on Hospital Rd. The trailhead has a map, pit toilets, and access to all the fun trails. If you walk across Hospital Rd (be careful crossing), you will find a few more miles of very fun trails.
Related Groups / Organizations
Allaire State Park's trails were scheduled to close on December 1, 1998 due to excessive erosion and neglect of the trail system. On November 4, 1998, ATUG was formed to open a dialog with the park in order to prevent the closing. The group consisted of both cyclists and equestrians and work closely with park officials. Fast forward a few years and the trails are greatly improved and there is no longer a threat of closure.
Location & Contact Details
- Equestrian / Horseback
- Jogging / Running
- Mountain Biking
- Paddling - Kayak/Canoe/Row boat
- Playing in the playground
- Skiing / Snowboarding
- Boat Launch
- Car Top Boat Launch Only
- Nature / Environmental Center
- Picnic / Sitting Area
- RC Flying Field
- Flat / Easy
- Some are challenging
Parks & Gardens:
- State Park
- Historic Area