1101 Schoolhouse Road, Wall, NJ 07753
732-922-4080 - Ranger Station
732-922-3868 - Park Shelter Building
Park Brochure & Map
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 7:30 p.m. through October 10; 7 p.m. October 11-November 5; and 5:30 p.m. November 6-January 13.
There have been a number of “smash and grab” vehicle break-ins in the parks this year. In most cases, car windows are smashed and items such as pocket books, diaper bags, and wallets are stolen from inside the car. Visitors are urged not to leave valuables in their cars and to notify Park Rangers of any suspicious activity in parking lots. To reach a Park Ranger, contact the County emergency communications center at 732-577-8700. (posted August 2, 2016)
Take in some fresh air and the beauty of nature while picnicking in Shark River Park. The Park System's first park, opened in 1961, occupies 988 acres on either side of the Shark River in Neptune and Wall Townships and Tinton Falls. Its waterways, sandy hills, forests and ponds attract anglers and hikers in the summer, and cross country skiers and ice skaters in the winter. Children can enjoy climbing, swinging and sliding on the playground year round.
Area residents can fish for largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, yellow perch, shiners and black crappie. The Shark River, which flows near the pond, is stocked seasonally with trout. A state fishing license is required for anglers over age 16. There are also facilities for shuffleboard and horseshoes: equipment may be signed out for free at the Shelter Building. Visitors can also enjoy picnic tables and grills available on a first come, first serve basis.
Reservable Group Picnic Areas
Shark River Park features reservable group picnic areas and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get together, or a bunch of friends.
Plants and animals common to the wetlands/floodplain community as well as the pine/oak forest habitat can be spotted from these trails. A fitness trail is available. (8.27 miles of trails)
Park Map with Trails (pdf)
- State Hwy. 18 to Exit 8 (Rt. 33 west to Schoolhouse Rd.) Turn left onto Schoolhouse Rd. Follow to Park.
- Garden State Parkway to exit 100 (Hwy. 33 east). Continue on Hwy. 33 to Schoolhouse Rd. Turn right onto Schoolhouse Rd. Follow to Park.
- State Hwy. 35 to Hwy. 33 west to Schoolhouse Rd. Turn left onto Schoolhouse Rd. Follow to Park.