Cheesequake State Park, Matawan

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Cheesequake State Park is a 1274acre state park located in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey in the United States.The New Jersey Legislature allocated $100,000 in 1937 to purchase property for this state park. The state first acquired a 250-acre tract of farmland and a Civil War era mansion from the Favier brothers in January 1938. Additional lands were acquired over the next two years, and the Civil Conservation Corps, part of the Works Progress Administration, helped develop the property. The park was opened in June 1940.It is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.The name Cheesequake was derived from the Lenape Native American word Cheseh-oh-ke, meaning "upland" or "upland village".
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  • Would never ever swim there but nice easy trails thru some hills and also boardwalks through water ways good bird watching (bring binoculars) also ospreys nest there and so cool to watch them catch fi...  more »
  • Looking for a great local Park to visit. This one is good. Its not very large but you can spend 1 hour or 5. We went in Fall and the foliage is at its peak. Great spot to take Christmas pictures/Famil...  more »
  • Went there in July was very pleased . The park is well kept . We enjoyed swimming in the lake the water was so warm . The facilities we ok could use an update but for the most part convenient . The pl...  more »
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  • No garbage cans and you have to pay to get in in the summer. Not much space either. You could probably walk all of the trails in one day if you really wanted to. However, it is very beautiful and free in the fall.
  • Great hiking trails year around. Easy trails with wood bridges and planks in the swampy areas. Not spectacular views but fun trails for the whole family. Highly recommended to all ages and pets.
  • Beautiful place to spend a day with family. Good trails, ample parking, play area for kids, clean lake beach and more. There is entry fee per car during summer.
  • This place is a perfect little gem in central jersey. Beautiful hiking trails.
  • Only reason I come here is because it close to home, and has a nice little loop to jog with my dog. Otherwise the park is pretty dirty, no one picks up after their dogs there. The trails are very short and far from challenging at all. But it could be okay for a family with young kids who wants to introduce them to hiking. The green path is a little over 3 miles and does a lap around most of the park.
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