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Cheesequake State Park, Matawan

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State Park
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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  • Beautiful day you can spend at the lake hiking and just relaxing they offer a beautiful lake beach front very inexpensive to get in the grounds are amazing . The trail are spectacular. In summer hey h...  more »
  • A nice large park. Enjoyed the expansive green space and forested areas too Lots of room for sports and picnic areas too. It's a clean and nice maintained park. A nice natural trail walk as well.  more »
  • I have been coming here for years. When I was a kid it was for the lake and picnic areas. Now I refuse to go to the lake as the people who seem to go are rude, loud and obnoxious. They do have an area...  more »
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  • Great park, beautiful area. Nice campsites. Only complaint is that the garden State parkway runs directly through the park, and from our campsite you could clearly hear traffic. Other than that, excellent place.
  • Always loved hiking hear with my dogs. My oldest knows every trail. Beautiful scenery, but still doesn't compare to the forests of NC. Very nice for the area of Jersey that it's located in. Have gone "off the trail" camping here many times on my own, off season & have had many great times hiking here with my pack
  • This is a beautiful park with easy to moderate hiking trails. Beginner level hikers should take caution as some of the trails are not very clearly marked. There is occasional confusion due to recent routing of trails, but if you take the way that's less overgrown, you should be fine. The nature center is a great educational stop along the trails. The park is carry-in/carry-out.
  • Has a swim area. Camping and hiking trails. Also dog friendly in certain areas. Great little spot off the parkway in Jersey
  • Easy hike with great trail condition. Also has camp ground and lake. Good for young kids who just started hiking