When the snow falls, it's time to head to the sledding hill at Holmdel Park, Longstreet Rd., Holmdel. The Holmdel Park supervised sledding area is open when two or more inches of snow cover the hill. Hours are 8am-7pm Sunday through Thursday and 8am-9pm Friday and Saturday. Call Holmdel Park at 732-946-9562 for current sledding conditions.
When the conditions are right and the ice is at least five inches thick, start looking for the "Skating Today" signs at Holmdel, Shark River and Turkey Swamp Parks. It normally takes at a week to 10 days of subfreezing temperatures to produce safe skating conditions. When the ice is considered safe, skating hours are from 8am-7pm Sunday- Thursday and from 8am-9pm Friday and Saturday.
Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Equipment Rentals
Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment are available for rent, conditions permitting. Skis and/or snowshoes are available on a first come, first serve basis; you may call in advance to see if your size is available, as sizes are limited. Equipment can be held for a maximum of 1 hour.
Daily Rentals (Starting Thanksgiving weekend, conditions permitting)
Everyday from 9am-4pm
Ski Equipment: $15.00; Snowshoes: $10
Equipment rented after 3pm must be returned by 12noon the next day.
Evening Rentals (January 7-March 31)
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-8:30pm
(If there are 3+ inches of snow for a night on the trails.)
Equipment must be returned end of evening. Headlamps recommended. For more additional information, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.
Cross-country skiers will be thrilled to learn that the Park System will be grooming trails for cross-country skiing at Thompson Park and Charleston Springs Golf Course when there is enough snow and conditions are favorable. Here's the Cross Country Ski Trail Map for Thompson Park. Trail access at Charleston Springs Golf Course is possible on Stage Coach Road trail head.
Prefer the path less taken? You can also cross-country ski and snowshoe at Clayton, Hartshorne Woods, Holmdel, Huber Woods, Shark River, Tatum, and Turkey Swamp Parks. Please stay on designated, mark trails. Cross-country skiing is available during regular park hours of 8am to dusk. Refer to the park pages for trail & parking lot locations.
Please check this website for grooming info and snow condition updates.
Please note that the Park System's Deer Management Program will be underway at several of these sites. For complete details on locations and dates, please click here