Thompson Park (Monmouth County)



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Park Overview:

An unusually wide variety of activities are available at this park including hiking, birding, cross country sking, crafts, historic visitors center, playground, an off-leash dog area, fishing, athletics and summer theatre.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:See park description
Trail Miles:13.2 miles
Park Acreage:667 acres
Web Map:Trail map and park brochure
Park Description:

This park was established in 1968 with a 215 acre bequest from Geraldine Livingston Thompson (1872-1967), a social welfare reformer and philanthropist, memorialized as a "Republican friend" of Eleanor Roosevelt. Its 667 acres has an extremely wide variety of activities, including an off leash dog area. Be sure to check the park brochure for details.

Trails Overview: Five trails offer over 12 miles of easy hiking with circuits viewing Marlu Lake and the Swimming River Reservoir. Note that the park brochure map is reported not to be entirely accurate and that trails are not always reliably marked.

Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 109 (Red Bank/Lincroft). Turn left at the end of the ramp onto County Route 520 West and continue for 2.3 miles to the entrance to Thompson Park (the entrance is 0.3 mile beyond the traffic circle at the entrance to Brookdale Community College). Turn left into the park, continue past the first parking lot, and turn left into the Old Orchard parking lot.

Contact Information:Thompson Park
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Region:Jersey Shore
Fees:Some times and places; check with park