805 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 7:00am 365 days a year, 6:00am for Marlu Lake fishing access.
Closing time is 9:30pm through July 17; 9pm July 18-August 15; and 8:30 August 16-31.
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'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."
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 Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm and weekends 10am-4pm. Public restrooms are open 8am to dusk.
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 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.
Get in on this increasingly popular high-tech treasure hunt! Our drop-in program provides all supplies needed - GPS device, maps and step-by-step instruction packet. Kits available at the Thompson Park Visitor Center on weekdays from 9am-2pm and on weekends from 10am-2pm. The cost is $15 per group (up to four). Cash (exact change, please) or check only.
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
Click on map to open as a pdf.
- 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.