Turkey Swamp Park At A Glance...
About Turkey Swamp Park
Turkey Swamp Park offers 1569 acres including a 17 acre lake for boating, fishing and skating, miles of trails, an archery range and playgrounds. Get back to nature by spending the night at our family campground, or reserve a picnic shelter for your next big group picnic. Two soccer fields are also available for rental for games only. Consult the Athletic Field Rentals link to the right under "Facilities" for further information.
- Equestrian / Horseback
More like Walking
- Jogging / Running
Paddling - Kayak, Canoe, row boat
Paddling in the lake. Rentals available.
- Boat launch
- Boat launch - Car Top Only
- Nature / Environmental Center
- Picnic / Sitting Area
- Grills / Firering
- Picnic shelter(s)
- Picnic tables
Shooting / Archery range
- Fitness Trail
- Flat / Easy
- Walking Paths
- County Parks
- Park (General)
- Alcohol *NOT Permitted*
Our Personal Take...
We visit Turkey Swamp many times a year. With some creative planning, you can put together a very nice, longer walk.
Trail & Path Info
Multi-use and fitness trails traverse the park which is located at the northern end of the NJ Pine Barrens. Turkey Swamp's terrain is relatively level and the 17 acre lake adds scenic interest. (9.15 miles of trails)
You can put together a nice long walk within Turkey Swamp. Consider starting out at the main parking lot/shelter, and heading north onto the Manasquan Trail (blue). Follow this out and back to the green trail, around the campground, and eventually out to the Metedeconk Trail. Follow this out all the way to Nomoco, find/follow the outer loop, and come back to the main park area. Finish up by walking around the lake on the green trail, back to the main parking lot/pavilion.
Picnics / Lunches / Eating
Picnic Benches / GrillsPicnic Areas
Located near the main pavilion, you will find many picnic tables and grills. These are first come first served.
Reservable Group Picnic Areas
Turkey Swamp Park features reservable group picnic areas and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get together or a bunch of friends.
Hours / Season of Operation
Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year. Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 7; 9:30 p.m. June 8-July 17; and 9 p.m. July 18-August 15. Please visit their site for specific information about hours and closures.
Turkey Swamp Park features an archery range that is open year round during posted park hours. This stand-up range features seven shooting stations, varying from 15 to 40 yards. Each station is composed of two excelsior bales. Those under 18 years of age shall be supervised by someone age 21 or older. Users must provide their own equipment including paper targets. No broadhead arrows allowed, only field points. The Park System offers archery clinics as well as an introduction to archery clinic for organized groups. Check our Program & Registration page for details.
Athletic Field Rentals
Two soccer fields are available for rental for games only. Visit our Athletic Field Rentals page for further information.
Boat Rentals & Fishing
Visitors to the park can fish for bass, catfish, and bluegills either from the shore or from kayaks, rowboats, canoes and paddleboats available for rental in summer. Bait (nightcrawler and garden worms) can be purchased in the Campground Office from April-November. Boat rentals are available weekends only from May 1 through June 16 and then daily until Labor Day and weekends only again from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See the fee schedule below. The cost of boat rental is as follows: * 1 hour - $12.62 (tax not included) * each additional 15 minutes - $4.44 (tax not included) * A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rental. Group rentals are available;
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