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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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  • 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 »
  • Perfect place for a hike or bike ride. There are so many hidden gems within the park that I couldn't begin to list them all.  more »
  • Fantastic nature center with both prepared and live exhibits. Jim, the naturalist, is very knowledgeable and committed to the environmental program. Tremendous hiking trails. Summer has the man-made l...  more »
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  • great little park. walked the trails which during a dryer day would haven been much nicer. the puddles were a nuisance but i could tell how nice it would have been had i been there on a nicer day. only drawback was you could hear the parkway the whole time.
  • Love this park. Several different hiking trails , nice lake quiet atmosphere. Beautiful place to spend the day
  • This state park is the best I've seen around. It is meticulously kept, clean all throughout. There are tons or good trails, picnic tables everywhere, grills, lots of parking and more. There is also a nice snack court by the lake and there are restrooms in many locations across the park. Oh, and the lake. Simply beautiful. During summer you can swim and hang on the sandy beach and enjoy nature like nowhere else around. The trail that surrounds the lake is also beautiful and has good views.
  • I've been going to this park since I was a little boy. I love this park. The trails are well maintained. Could be cleaned up a little better. The campsites could be better maintained, maybe add dirt because of erosion. Also the bathrooms could be cleaned better and more often. Maybe be a little stricter on dirt bags and rule breakers. More fines = more resources.
  • I have lived down the street from this park. It is one to go to. You have a lake, Camping site picnic benches alot of trails to see and walk and has streams great trees scenery sea grass. you can ride your bikes and walk your dogs. Its clean and easy to get to from The Parkway or Route 516