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Cheesequake State Park, Matawan

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Cheesequake State Park is a 1274acre state park located in Old Bridge Township, 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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  • Cheesequake State Park has many trails to explore, a nature center to visit, a campsite, salt marshes, and a lake. It is a beautiful, natural park, and makes for a very nice day of exploring. 
  • This place is worth visiting. We went on a cold and windy day just to get some fresh air. It was so much more than we expected. Looking forward to going back in the spring. 
  • If you like marsh birds and animals, this is the place. You can imagine how NJ used to be before all people and houses moved in. Very well tendered little paths, pond and crabbing bridge.