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Cheesequake State Park

300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747
+1 732-566-2161
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Open bow season

The hike itself was really gorgeous. We did the 3.5 mile green loop and there were some moderately... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
estelle g
Camping is okay, wouldn't return but would recommend for day trips

We camped for 2 nights here and did enjoy it but if you're looking for solitude then this is not... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Montclair, New Jersey
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“nice trails” (9 reviews)
“nature center” (9 reviews)
“hiking trails” (7 reviews)
300 Gordon Road, Matawan, NJ 07747
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The hike itself was really gorgeous. We did the 3.5 mile green loop and there were some moderately difficult sections up and down tall (almost 2 feet tall) stairs, which would be rough for some people depending on your height and fitness level. There were...More

1  Thank estelle g
Reviewed 7 August 2017

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 campsite number 8 which...More

Thank Connie_Hopper
Reviewed 10 July 2017

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 thorough review, because the park's website is annoyingly...More

5  Thank AthensNikita
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

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 was still open) but the park looked nice

3  Thank GaryHands
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Beautiful day you can spend at the lake hiking and just relaxing they offer a beautiful lake beach front very inexpensive to get in the grounds are amazing . The trail are spectacular. In summer hey have a concession or you can bring your own...More

2  Thank Debra L
Reviewed 29 April 2017

A nice large park. Enjoyed the expansive green space and forested areas too Lots of room for sports and picnic areas too. It's a clean and nice maintained park. A nice natural trail walk as well.

1  Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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

1  Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 22 March 2017

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.

Thank tripbbb12
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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 lake. Check out their website for their year-round Sunday programs at the Nature Center. Except for the...More

Thank elk2370bruce
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place has the best hiking trails around. It is a meca for campers and hikers and all sorts of scouts.Many trails for the newbie as well as the experienced .There is lots of wildlife and deer please please leash your dog here .

Thank b0lt77
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Heather C
21 June 2017|
Response from elk2370bruce | Reviewed this property |
Nearest train station is South Amboy. NJ Transit Sh0re Line. Half hour drive from park
10 June 2017|
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Response from Debra L | Reviewed this property |
Yes I believe it's 5 or 10 but so worth it
12 April 2017|
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Response from ETC363 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in some way. From Parking lot to crabbing bridge is paved. Most of hiking trails are not. But, there are some trails where State vans go around, which are paved.