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Address: 300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone Number: 732-566-2161
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Swimming area

The swimming was very nice except for the goose poop and bug bites. The bites are still with me several days later. The goose poop can be avoided, but be aware that it's there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Helmetta
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The swimming was very nice except for the goose poop and bug bites. The bites are still with me several days later. The goose poop can be avoided, but be aware that it's there. And take bug spray for sure! There is a fee per carload, but because I am over 62 it was free for our family.

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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We first discovered this park 12 years ago and it has become a family favorite. Proximity to Brooklyn is one attraction. The other is that, apart from the lake area that's crowded with swimmers in the summer, you have the trails pretty much to yourself. The trails are well marked, well maintained, and cover 3-5 miles of hiking. Forest and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

The park is pretty and serene, considering it is right next to the highway. It is wothin ten minutes of Walmart, pharmacies, restaurants, and gas stations. But... There is an infestation of ticks, bugs, and insects. By the end of our first day, our arms, legs, and neck were bitten. The bug spray or after bite lotions did not work.... More 

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A great place for people of all ages. Its numerous trails for hiking are ideal for the beginners and children as well as people seeking a more challenging trail. In summer it gets very crowded, specially the beach area. My favorite time is fall when the leaves are turning and it is not too cold to walk. Great place for... More 

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Old bridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I've been going here for a few years. My husband and I like to jog along the trails. Be cautious of the blue trail it ends abruptly and you have to turn around. It's still nice just know what to expect.

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Spotswood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I started visiting this park as a child, than with my boyfriend who became my husband. After we had children we started bringing them here too! There are so many great interesting trails in this beautiful huge park! There is a large lake that is great for swimming and fishing! You can also camp in this awesome park! This park... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a hidden NJ gem. It's a beautiful place. On off times it's beautiful, when it's crowded it's ugly. Don't go to the lake, to swim. Go to the lake to witness the beauty of nature, the sun rising, and the gorgeous world awaking. It is stunning.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The rolling forest landscape changes from oak, pine, beech to marshland and lowland swamp. Lots of boardwalks, some stairs and a few small uphill climbs keep the hike interesting. There was good birding. Trail markings were great until the last half mile where a detour sign sent us a quarter of a mile out of the way--go LEFT at the... More 

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Matawan, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Good variety of hiking trails. Did not like that the facilities are not all available during off season. Did not like that hunting is allowed in the park when hikers/visitors are permitted simultaneously, even though warnings are posted.

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new york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Very large. I enjoyed walking along the lake. But during my hike with my dog many cars would come and park...sit for 10 minutes, wait for another car to park next to them, do a little business, and leave. Never saw a park ranger.

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