360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 158-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county.
No restrooms or other facilities are open at this time. The park is open for self-directed, passive recreation at the Greenwood Road access in Marlboro. Formal trails will be established throughout the park in the future. The former St. Basil Monastery property is closed except for scheduled Park System programs. The Monastery buildings will eventually host recreation, art and environmental education programs.
The park is named after a poet of the American Revolution, Philip Morin Freneau, whose family once partly owned the property. Known for his inspirational poetry and influential political articles in support of the American Revolution, Freneau played an important role shaping the country’s history.
Upcoming offerings at this park include:
Spring Peeper Walk
Saturday, April 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
(ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult)
Come out for an old fashion spring peeper nighttime walk as we explore the woods and wetlands of Freneau Woods to listen for spring peepers seeking out mates in the marsh. If we get lucky we may even spot a few of these tiny, but often heard frogs. Our naturalist-led walk will also introduce us to other secretive amphibians that call Freneau Woods home, including wood frogs and salamanders. Plus we will look for skunk cabbage, one of the earliest and smelliest plants to bloom. Waterproof boots, flashlights and warm attire are strongly suggested. In the case of steady rain or high winds, the event will be cancelled. FREE!
Directions: FROM ROUTE 79
Take Route 79 (also called Freneau Road) north or south to Wilson Avenue. Go west on Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left.
FROM ROUTE 34
Take Route 34 north or south to Mill Road. Go west on Mill Road. Turn right onto Route 79 North (also called Freneau Road). Turn left onto Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left next to the Activity Center. Parking area is on the left.