Facebook Logo805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
732-842-4000 ext 4312 - General Information
732-842-4000 ext 4298 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map    

Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round; 6 a.m. for Marlu Lake fishing access.
Closing time is 8 p.m. through April 12; 8:30 p.m. April 13-May 2; and 9 p.m. May 3-June 7. 

Visitor Advisory    
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)

thomspon park visitor center
Thompson Park Visitor Center, former home of Geraldine Thompson (pictured below)

The Park System Headquarters are located in this 667 acre park, which was established in 1968 with a donation of 215 acres from the estate of Geraldine Livingston Thompson.

mrs. thompson as a young lady

Mrs Thompson's beloved "Brookdale Farm" was a premier thoroughbred race horse breeding/training facility. Today, the park remembers Mrs.Thompson's belief that "children have to feel the ground beneath them and go out into the woods and see the trees and birds."

historic photo of the thompson park visitor center

Built in 1896 as the Thompson family residence, this grand colonial revival mansion had been used as a Visitor Center and was destroyed by a fire on February 6, 2006. The Visitor Center has been rebuilt in the same style.  The first floor is now open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Public restrooms are open 8 a.m. to dusk.

Read Discover History in the Parks Series: Brookdale Farm in Thompson Park (pdf)
for more about the history of this site

mcps headquarters building
Thompson Park Headquarters Building

The park features several areas with names that remind visitors about its rich history. The Estate Grounds section includes the beginnings of a beautiful Memorial Tree Grove and the site of the former Geraldine and Lewis Thompson mansion. The Old Orchard area provides easy access to the 14 miles of trails within the park and is reminiscent of the former Thompson family apple orchard. The Filly Run area is home to the park's playground and also provides access to the park trails, specifically the 4.9 mile paved trail loop. The Three Barn section is named for the two large horse barns (now Theatre Barn and Activity Barn) and a cow barn (now the Creative Arts Center). The Three Barn area is also where the extremely popular off-leash dog area is located.  

thompson park tennis courts

Thompson Park has opportunities for varied recreational interests including 14 miles of multiple-use trails (4.9 miles paved), a playground, tennis courts, a fishing lake for canoes/kayaks and electric-powered boats, a seasonal group picnic facility, Creative Arts Center, and off-leash dog area. The athletic fields are available for rental for soccer and rugby games only. Those interested in renting these or other fields for games, click here to learn more.  

thompson park marlu lake

Reservable Group Picnic Area 
Thompson Park features a reservable group picnic area and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get-together or a bunch of friends.

Old farm roads and a former horse exercise track are popular routes for walkers and runners. There is also a 4.9 mile paved trail.

Cross-Country Ski Trail Map    

Marlu Lake Canoe Rentals
(ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult)
All equipment is provided; limited number of canoes available. The cost is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for 2 hours of canoeing; cash or check only.  Available on the following weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.:

  • May 27 & 28
  • June 10 & 11
  • June 24 & 25
  • July 8 & 9
  • July 22 & 23,
  • August 5 & 6
  • August 19 & 20
  • September 2 & 3 
Climb Time
Thursday, April 13 from 3-7 p.m.
Try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult).
Earth Day Event   
Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft    
Promote environmental awareness and have fun making crafts that celebrate endangered wildlife and Mother Earth. Our fun crafts for kids are all hands on ways to teach your child about our beautiful planet and make cool art.


  • Garden State Parkway to exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 West (Newman Springs Rd.); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 West 2.2 miles to Park (past M.T. Thompson park and Brookdale  College entrance ) on left.
  • State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 520 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 520 east to Park entrance.

Directions to the Longbridge Annex 
Thompson Park Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel

  • Garden State Parkway to exit 109.  (Southbound, turn right onto Route 520 W or Newman Springs Road) (Northbound, turn left onto Route 520 W). Travel to Longbridge Rd (pass Brookdale Community College & Thompson Park main entrance).  Turn left on Longbridge and go 1 mile to Longbridge Annex, turn left.  The Training Center is at the end of the road.
  • State Highway 34 to Route 520 E. (Southbound, turn left) (Northbound, turn right)  Follow Route 520 E to Longbridge Road and turn right.  Continue to Thompson Annex. The Training Center is at the end of the road.