Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park

Hooks Creek Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Hooks Creek Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Wooden steps along the Green Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Wooden steps along the Green Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin
40.440783, -74.270447

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.

This park is a botanical preserve comprised mostly of salt marsh, pine barrens and mixed oak forest. A Nature 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...

Park Acreage:

1610.00 acres



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Contact Information

Web Link:

NJ DEP, Cheesequake State Forest


(732) 566-2161


Some times and places; check with park

Dogs in park:

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October 22, 2012
One of the "Hidden Gems...."

Thus begins a NJ DEP press release in its "Hidden Gems of New Jersey's Park Sysem" series:

"A light breeze rustles tall saltmarsh grasses on Cheesequake Creek as kayakers peer at marsh wrens through binoculars. Diamondback terrapins sun themselves on logs and rocks, while tiny fiddler crabs peek out from the muddy banks. This bucolic scene may seem like a distant destination from the beaten path. But in reality, the subtle and natural wonders of Cheesequake State Park are just a stone’s throw from the Garden State Parkway."

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Phil McLewin
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