Swimming River Reservoir Loop

Thompson Park (Monmouth County)

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This loop hike will take you along both Swimming River Reservoir and Marlu Lake in what was once a 19th century horse estate. Wear hiking boots since seasonally there may be a number of muddy spots.

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For anyone near the central or northern Jersey Shore, this is a nice hike with plenty of diverse scenery – a reservoir, lake, meadows, woods and farmland. There are also ample opportunities for bird watching (I saw at least ten varieties of ducks and geese during this January hike). After the 5-mile hike there are a number of other activities in the rest of the park to finish out the day. The...

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