Cheesequake State Park, Matawan

#13 of 32 in Nature in New Jersey
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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  • The hike itself was really gorgeous. We did the 3.5 mile green loop and there were some moderately difficult sections up and down tall (almost 2 feet tall) stairs, which would be rough for some people...  more »
  • We camped for 2 nights here and did enjoy it but if you're looking for solitude then this is not the place. The road traffic can be heard continuously but you do get used to it after a while. We had c...  more »
  • This review is mostly about camping. I camped at Cheesquake this past weekend in my popup camper with my family consisting of my husband, me, two small kids and our dog. It's going to be a very thorou...  more »
  • This is a great place to spend the day. Hiking trails and picnic areas are well maintained. It's a nice spot that's close to any big city in the northern NJ and NYC area to find a nice quite spot close to home. Campground is good for families and inexperienced campers as there is almost anything you might need within five miles of the park (drug stores, Walmart, supermarkets, gas stations, restaurants, liquor stores(there's no alcohol allowed in park) all minutes away.
  • Very nice state park. Went in the off season and enjoyed the carious trails. Parking was horrible on the upper lot, plenty of parking in the lower lot closer to the river. There is a cool overlook by the river. Seemed to be new. Nice park but wouldn't pay admission to go here during the summer. Beach has lack of maintenance.
  • Love this park. Usually go here for the trails. All short trails under 5 miles. Also has a lake and lake shore beach area. There is a vehicle entry fee in the summer but free entry after labor day.
  • This is an excellent park. Family oriented place to take the family. I love the fact that parents are accountable for their children. Children 16 and under , have to be accompanied into the water by the parent. Lifeguards are not babysitters. Nice for walking and biking. On entrance each car is given a trash bag and you most collect you trash and leave the park with it. No trash receptacles are available. There is a 20.00 entrance fee for out of state people and 10.00 for local traffic on the weekends. I would recommend park to family and friends. Parents be prepared to be responsible for your children. Those who are not can be asked to leave the park without a refund.
  • This is going to be our new summer lake spot. We loved it. The lake, the amenities, the trails. All great. Dogs allowed on trails but not on beach. Must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after.

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