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Cheesequake State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
The uniqueness of this park lies in its geographical location in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. In its 386-acre Natural Area one can see a diversity of plant species and community types characteristic of both northern and southern New Jersey.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing, Handicapped|
|Trail Miles:||9.5 miles|
|Park Acreage:||1569 acres|
|Web Map:||Cheesequake Trails|
|Park Description:|| |
This park is a botanical preserve comprised mostly of salt marsh, pine barrens and mixed oak forest. An Interpretive Center, located a short distance from the trailhead parking area on the Red/Green/Blue trail offers informative exhibits, providing the public with an educational journey through the park's ecosystems. There is a small auditorium and the building has a small covered front deck that makes a wonderful spot to birdwatch. Check its website for a calendar of events or call for details at (732) 566-3208.
We are especially interested in hikes from The Jersey Shore Region where this park is located. Click for further information and a submission form.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Cheesequake State Park has four marked loop trails, for hiking only, that start at the Interpretive Center. Click for trail map.
In addition a wiggly, 2.7-mile white-blazed multi-use trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and cross country skiers. It has several acrobatic hike jumps along the way, with pedestrian bypasses.
NOTE: Cheesequake State Park was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy, with many blowdowns along the trails. As of this writing (August 2014), the northern portion of the Blue Trail remains closed to hikers.
A portion of the park is ADA accessible near the Family Campground parking area.
Want to view a hike in the park? Click here.
|Contact Information:||Cheesequake State Park |
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|