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Cheesequake State Park

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Address: 300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, NJ 07747-3668
Phone Number: 732-566-2161
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Good for a dip in the water without a trip to the beach!

This is a good place to go with little kids or kids who don't need waves and ocean. Easy to keep an eye on kids, pretty clean and they have a pavilion where you can buy food, take... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2016
Kate G
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Dunellen, nj
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Cheesequake for decades. There is a nice, wooded camping area for families, and a grassy camping area for large groups in a more secluded section. The Park offers a selection of trails for hiking of varying lengths in lovely natural areas, a lake for swimming, and an interesting small nature lodge with a knowledgeable naturalist on... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

in the past we have gone to this park for the beach at hooks lake this past summer. well the last 2 times were were attacked by mosquitoes and flies. i had about 8 welts on my back from the biting flies on the water ihad itches and welts for 2 weeks. i had to go to the doctor for... More 

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Thank louis n
Staten Island, New York
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

good place to spend the day for a picnic or family outing! plenty of room to have a large family outing as well

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Thank Jennifer K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We camped there with our kids with our trailer tent while visiting New York City. The campground is made for tents. But it worked fine for our small pop-up. It was really quiet at night and clean. Some sites have very little coverage between sites as predecessors have destroyed some of the vegetation. But overall it was great. But you... More 

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Thank Ana R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

We pulled in because we needed a place to camp. We pulled in at 10:30.. they close the gates. I'm still confused how places have camping yet shut gates. We drove 3 hours to get there and had to figure something out real quick. On a 2 week camping spree up the east coast, this ended it (had to get... More 

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Thank Kenneth S
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Never go in the summer. There isn't that much bug repellent in the world. Go when it cool early spring or fall to hike the really nice trails. NEVER IN THE SUMMER!!!!

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Dunellen, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

This is a good place to go with little kids or kids who don't need waves and ocean. Easy to keep an eye on kids, pretty clean and they have a pavilion where you can buy food, take showers or just sit and get into the shade.

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Thank Kate G
Keyport, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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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1 Thank Lillian R
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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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