Manasquan Reservoir County Park – Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ Distance – 7.5 miles of trails total Type – Loops Difficulty: 1 of 10
Website – Monmouth County Parks Open – Park opens daily at 7 a.m. November 1-March 31 and 6 a.m. April 1-October 31. Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 19; 8:30 p.m. August 20-September 3; and 8 p.m. September 4-23.
Terrain – Lakeside woods and wetlands Surface – Crushed stone
Trailheads – 40°10’14.75″N, 74°12’18.52″W (this is the one that we used) 40°10’38.76″N, 74°13’14.19″W 40°10’50.47″N, [...]
Five years ago, I started a blog about hiking in South Jersey as an excuse to go exploring with my then one year old son. I expected maybe four people to ever read it, and that estimate included if my mom could figure out how to get to it to see pictures of her grandson (she hasn’t yet).
Five years (and two kids later), we’ve explored 166 trails in South Jersey and counting. We’ve made many new friends, been invited to part of some amazing experiences, and have had a total of ELEVEN people read our posts (okay, maybe more like fourteen people… wait, 700,000 hits so far!?).
So, in celebration of five years, we present the Top 20 Trails in South [...]
South Trails – Monmouth Battlefield State Park – Manalapan/Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ Distance: 15 miles of hiking trails for the park. About 7 miles in the southern part of the park. (We did about 3 miles) Type: Interconnected web Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Website – New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Terrain – rolling fields and hills, forest, farmland
Hiking/Biking Path– Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area – Fort Hancock (Highlands), Monmouth County, NJ Distance: I’ve done hikes of 4 miles and 6 miles here. Could definitely do longer if you wanted, or much shorter. Type: Out and back with some small loops Difficulty: 3 of 10 – can be buggy. Parts of trail exposed to the sun.
Terrain – beaches, beaches, beaches
Trailheads – 40° 28.074’N, 74° 0.053’W. This is Parking Lot J at Fort Hancock. There are a bazillion more trailheads.