Winter Activities

As of Monday, March 23:

  • The Holmdel Park Sledding Hill is closed.
  • The Thompson Park Ski Hut is closed for the season.
  • Ice Skating and Ice Fishing are unsafe at all locations.



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 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and  8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call Holmdel Park at 732-946-9562 for current sledding conditions.

Ice Skating

When the conditions are right and the ice is at least five inches thick, start looking for the "Skating Today" signs at the Manasquan Reservoir, 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 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

 Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Equipment Rentals 

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Thompson Park Ski Hut, Lincroft
December 1- March 15, conditions permitting - (closed December 25)
Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment is available for rent at the Thompson Park Ski Hut, located next to the Three Barns Parking Area.

Weekday Rentals      
Monday - Wednesday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday & Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (headlamps recommended for evenings)

Weekend Rentals     
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daily Rental Pricing     
Ski Equipment: $15 per set
Snowshoes: $10 per pair
Skis and/or snowshoes are available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information regarding equipment rentals, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Cross-country ski trails are groomed at Thompson Park when there is enough snow and conditions are favorable. (Six inches or more of snow.) Here's the Cross Country Ski Trail Map for Thompson Park

Prefer the path less taken? You can cross-country ski and snowshoe at any park but Clayton, Hartshorne Woods, Holmdel, Huber Woods, Shark River, Tatum, and Turkey Swamp Parks are good choices. Please stay on designated, marked trails. Cross-country skiing is available during regular park hours of 8 a.m. to dusk. Refer to the park pages for trail & parking lot locations.  

Please check this website for grooming info and snow condition updates. 

Ice Fishing

ice fishing at thompson park

Drop a line at the Manasquan Reservoir, Thompson Park, and Turkey Swamp Park. See a park ranger for the designated ice fishing area and times in each park.

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.