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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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  • 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 »
  • Pulled off the highway while driving w the wife an kids to grab some dessert one evening. Park Ranger was helpful in explaining our mistake. Didn't really stay long (found a Carvel up the road that wa...  more »
  • Fun place for friends and family. Not sure if allowed but looks like great mountain biking trails. You will have to pay to enter however.
  • Four great hiking trails and one bike trail. Trails go through cliffs, pine forests, marshes, and go past lakes. Trails include wooden docks and steps which are well maintained. Entire park is kept clean.
  • 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
  • We just went to this park for the first time about 1.5 wks ago and had a blast. We went during the week on a Tues and literally had the place to ourselves. It was $5 to get in and totally worth going up to the Nature Center.. Watch Out For The Bears...
  • 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.

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