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Monmouth Battlefield State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
Tramping through the gently rolling terrain of this former battlefield, some say hikers can almost hear the guns firing and the cries of the wounded as they sounded on a bloody June day in 1778.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Trail Miles:||4 miles|
|Park Acreage:||2928 acres|
|Park Description:|| |
Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the site of one of the largest battles fought during the Revolutionary War. It took place on June 28, 1778, as a force of 5,000 Continental soldiers attempted to stop the British army retreat from Philadelphia to New York. It was during an artillery battle that Mary Hays, known as “Molly Pitcher,” carried water for the soldiers to quench their thirst and to cool the cannons. When her husband was fatally wounded by enemy fire, she took his position loading the cannon.
The Craig House, a mid-18th century farmhouse, has been restored to reflect life during the days of the Revolution.
A portion of the park is leased to a family which operates a “pick-your-own” orchard.
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|Trails Overview:|| |
The park has four miles of marked paths and several miles of unmarked ones. Some of the trails are multi-use, open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Hikers can begin their exploration of the Battlefield landscape from the visitor center and along Monmouth County Route 522. The visitor center, open on weekend afternoons, contain battle displays, a gift shop, and hiking guides produced by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield.
Take Garden State Parkway to Exit 123 and proceed south on US 9 for 15 miles to NJ Business 33. Turn right and follow NJ Business 33 West for 1.5 miles to the park entrance, on the right. See map on the top of this page.
|Contact Information:||New Jersey DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry |