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Cheesequake State Park
CHEESEQUAKE STATE PARK
CHEESEQUAKE STATE PARK
300 Gordon Road
Matawan, New Jersey   07747

Phone: 732-566-2161
Reservations: 732-566-2161
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Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park
'Turtle in Lake'
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'A bird is thinking'

Rainy day at Cheesequake State Park

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'Tree Moss'

Rainy day at the Cheesequake State Park

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'Sunday Afternoon'

Rainy day at Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park
'Cloudy Day At Cheesequake'
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A day at Cheesequake with unusual cloud formations.

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'Cheesequake Animals'
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Deer

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'Cheesequake Animals'
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Spotted Deers

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'Cheesequake Animals'
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'Cheesequake Jungle'
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'Cheesequake Jungle'
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'Cheesequake Jungle'
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'Cheesequake State Park'

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'Lichen'

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'marsh'

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'boardwalk'

the blue trail

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'Lichen'

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'Boardwalk'

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'Pinecone'

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'Pine Barrens'

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'Fallen Tree'

A fallen tree in one of the marshes.

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'Lake'

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'Hawk '
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'Spring Leaves'
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'Spring Walk'
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'Smile Stump'
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'Walk in the Woods'
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'Red Winged Black Bird'
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'Lake'

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'Pipes'

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'Lake'

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'Fiddler crabs in the brackish mud'

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'going back to the earth'

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'yearling deer'

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'white tail '

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'young pines'

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'raccoon tracks in muddy river clay'

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'pine barren pines/pinecones'

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Cheesequake State Park's uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. Open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park.
Camping
Campsites: 53 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station available. There is an 11-foot height restriction for vehicles entering the camping area. Open April 1st through October 31. $20 per night, six people per site, two vehicles per site.

Group campsites: The Gordon Field group area has fire rings, upright grills and picnic tables. There are six individual sites accommodating up to 25 campers each. The area facilities include flush toilets and potable water. Trash must be carried out. Open May 1st through October 31st. $25 per night.
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Swimming
Swimming is permitted in Hooks Creek Lake from Memorial day weekend through Labor Day weekend while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.
Canoeing
Boating/Canoeing

Permitted the day after Labor Day through the day before Memorial Day weekend. Canoeing, kayaking and boating with facilities for car top boat launching only. Boaters must comply with all NJ State Boating regulations. Electronic motors only. No boat/canoe rental facilities
Boating
Permitted the day after Labor Day through the day before Memorial Day weekend. Canoeing, kayaking and boating with facilities for car top boat launching only. Boaters must comply with all NJ State Boating regulations. Electronic motors only.
Boats and RVs
Rent My Camper.com, Inc - Shirley, NYMotor Home Campers
We'll Hook You Up with all the comforts of home including heat and AC. We deliver, setup and pickup. Our campers sleep up to 10. Just bring your food and clothes we've covered everything else, even clean linens and towels Camper is supplied with pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils, all your kitchen needs.
77 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the Park. For larger groups, we also offer two reservable picnic areas. The group picnic area at Farny Point holds a capacity of 150 people, provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. The group picnic area at Spring Hill holds a capacity of 100 people and provides playfields and playground equipment. Group picnicking reservations are required for weekday events. A party of 20 or more people constitutes a group. They may be reserved for a fee:

$50.00 per day, plus applicable parking fees for reservations for Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

$75.00 per day for reservations for the Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day.

Group Picnic Cancellation Fee: 50 percent of Fee.

*Groups of 20 or more people shall reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance. Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are handled by the individual park area offices.
Trails
There are five designated trails at the park. The Red, Yellow, Green and Blue pathways are for hiking and walking use. The White Trail (multi-use) is designated for hiking and mountain biking. Trail lengths range from 1.5 to 3.5 miles. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to moderate with inclines.
Area Attractions
Cheesequake Natural Area (386 acres)

A striking example of vegetation change along a gradient from coastal salt marsh habitat to upland forests can be observed from the various trails running through the natural area. The natural area displays a diversity of plant species and community types characteristic of both northern and southern New Jersey.

Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center is located a short distance from the trailhead parking area on the Red/ Green/ Blue trail. Visitors are welcome to view the wildlife historical exhibits throughout the Center. Visitors can learn about the three habitats located within Cheesequake State Park. The Center also provides information on the Native American and early colonization of the area.

The center is open from Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Interpretive Center provides free weekly interpretive programming focusing on a variety of seasonal topics. Consult the Calendar of Events online or call the Center for details at (732) 566-3208.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 14 Wonderful neighboring park by slc
Respite nature & so nearby for a meditative hike . . . a local gem for those of us who live along the Raritan bayshore.
July 4 Best lake by Mariana
Awesome,I have fun with my family in the lake.Chilling and relaxing.its amazing ,the water perminates clean and the people enjoy coming!lol me too.love it!
March 21 its my favorite place! :) by jessy jara
its the best place you can go to have a bbq and afterwards have a swim in the lake or just chill at the playground.
August 26 Great place for Day camping by Donald
August 25 easy to get to by furryfuzz
i like this park.Close to home,has camping, a lake u can swim in and u can see wildlife!
July 21 kayak/canoe water trail by aileen7@aol.com
Kudos to Jim Fkazak and his lovely wife April who lead us on an unbelievable water trail which they developed through grants. We had a fabulous day not only being instructed on kayaking but the history, ecology and fauna of the area. Please contact them and see if you too can go on a tour par excellance Meg Kane Somerset, NJ
June 2 Excellent Park
Excellent park with lots to do -- especially for small children. There are trails, small beach and camping. We visit it multiple times each summer. Highly recommended.
May 2 Great camping...love it!!! by Christina
I live just minutes away and love to go camping there...The sites are big and most are private with tree surrounding them...Very friendly workers, even the park police are nice!!! Nice hiking, bike riding and other friendly campers!!! I love the all you can eat rib place near by..It is a slice of nature to be enjoyed right here in NJ!!!
April 25 Full of deer and turkeys! by Citydwellermissesnature
The hiking trails are fun. I wish the trash situation were more under control, but sadly it is NJ... Do you remember that old Disney cartoon about the litterbugs? What if cheap copies were distributed to everyone who visited a state park one summer?
July 9 A LOCAL AND I STILL GO OFTEN by DENNY
When I was a child I used to horseback ride at Cheesequake. No longer available but you can still have a great time. We go for one night, walk the trails, toast marshmellows, swim in the lake, eat all the ribs we can at a nearby restaurant. Always have a good time and it is close by-save on gas and get in touch with nature.
June 26 A Great Escape
Cheesequake Park is welcoming and clean. The staff is extremely approachable and always willing to accomodate. I have been visiting Cheesequake Park for years ... in all aspects ... hiking, fishing, camping, swimming or using the playground. We also love the Nature House. A little slice of Heaven.
April 25 Gorgeous Park by devilzh4ze
It is fascinating and, at the same time, unique park. Most definitely worth visiting such an exquisite site of gorgeous combination of New Jersey nature and wild life. I owe this thrilling experience of witnessing such a glory of outdoors to my professor Anton Massopust, true nature-loving person and environmentalist and just a great person. Going there is a great chance to have a family picnic, hang out with friends, have BBQ or, simply, get a catch of fresh air and get away and recuperate from all the problems in your life.


Area Fishing Related Businesses

Zimmer Fish & Game Conservation Assoc
4411 Arthur Kill Rd
Staten Island, NY
(718) 948-9599


Michael's Bait & Tackle Shop
187 Mansion Ave
Staten Island, NY
(718) 984-9733


Biggie's Bait & Tackle
65 Page Ave
Staten Island, NY
(718) 966-9206


Captains Marine Mercury & Force Outboards
202 Mansion Ave
Staten Island, NY
(718) 984-3346


Big Al's Bait & Tackle
7407 Amboy Rd
Staten Island, NY
(718) 605-6907


Capt Pauls Charters
81 Detroit Ave
Staten Island, NY
(718) 966-6990


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Manchester Inn Bed and Breakfast - Ocean Grove, NJBBs / Inns
The Manchester Inn, The Ocean Grove New Jersey Bed Breakfast and The Secret Garden Restaurant are steps from the white sandy beach and the gentle surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the cooling ocean breezes from our rocking chair porch while overlooking Ocean Pathway, Ocean Groves finest avenue
Web Site: themanchesterinn.com/index.htm
20.7 miles from park*
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Directions
From the GSP: Make a right at the end of the exit ramp and follow to the first light. Make a right. At the next light make a right and follow road into the Park.

From Route 34 South: Make a left turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately south of the Marketplace Shopping Plaza. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park.

From Route 34 North: Make a right turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately north of the Berg Animal Hospital. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park.

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