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Cheesequake State Park

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Address: 300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747
Phone Number: 732-566-2161
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I really like this park.

I really do like this park. I am an avid fan of the great outdoors. As such this place is so big and als so close to civilization. You are 5 minutes from exit 123 on the GSPKWY... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2016
Brian M
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Keyport, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They charge to access the park $10 per car. They have a small swimming hole that is filthy! No real amenities and carry out garbage policy so basically nothing for your $10!

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Thank DVance13
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was ok but the lake smelled like sewage and the bugs were definitely BITING !!! I would not take my family there again because we definitely kept getting bit by those annoying bugs, the bathroom was dirty and the water was too !

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Thank Lillian R
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Camp sides are too close to highways and some very far from one and only bathroom for all campground. You really need use a car. If you are looking for a place with a lot of mosquitoes this is the one:( Mosquitoes are everywhere, even by the beach. Lake smells and I am not sure how people are swimming there.... More 

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Matawan, New Jersey
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109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I visit Cheesecake probably once a week. The trail system is fantastic. Trails from one mile up to 3 miles and you can easily spend half a day walking around and enjoying nature. In the summer they have a swimming area and snack bar as well. Although we haven't done it, they have some really gorgeous camping areas.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

I really do like this park. I am an avid fan of the great outdoors. As such this place is so big and als so close to civilization. You are 5 minutes from exit 123 on the GSPKWY. You can get lost on the trails. Not really as they are marked but your 10 minuntes in and stop and look... More 

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Thank Brian M
Morristown, New Jersey
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675 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Recently we visited Cheesequake State Park in the spring on our way to the Jersey Shore. I’ve always wanted to stop to check out the views of the tidal salt marsh from the parks viewing areas. We stopped by the Park Office to pick up a map and use their restroom which was a good idea since the restrooms at... More 

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Thank MitchPhyllis65
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to hike here. The Diversity of this park is what makes it special. There is a $10 fee to enter the Park. It seems to be only from Memorial day to Labor Day during weekdays. Not sure if weekends differ.

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Thank Jean M
New Jersey
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481 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Just a heads up between Memorial Day and Labor Day there is a fee to enter the park. I was here in March so not sure what the fees are. Okay now that that's out of the way I'd never been to this park even though I grew up not too far from it. Whenever I passed it on the... More 

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Thank Steve H
Sayreville, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Families can enjoy the trails, nature center, and playgrounds. In the summer months they have a lake and camping.

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Thank TerryB1230
Matawan, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a fun park to visit that offers something for everyone. They have a great nature house with animals and history of the park on display that is nice to see. They also offer special activities to participate in. Plenty to do such as walking, crabbing, bird watching, swimming in summer. Pack a picnic and go exploring!!!

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