Activity Center - 945 State Hwy 36, Leonardo 07737
Popamora Point - 369 Shore Drive, Highlands 07732
Tick Advisory    
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station       
Henry Hudson Trail Brochure & Map (pdf)  
Northern Section:
  Aberdeen to Highlands, NJ  (Activity Center - 945 State Hwy. 36, Leonardo)
Southern Extension:  Freehold to Marlboro and Aberdeen  


Please Note: The Church Street lot in Matawan is no longer accessible for Henry Hudson Trail users. The lot at Wickatunk Recreation Area on Route 79 in Marlboro (former Marlboro Airport site) or the lot at Gerard Avenue in Aberdeen would be the next closest available for trail access.  

 more bicyclists on the henry hudson trail southern extension
Northern Section             Southern Extension

This paved, 10-foot wide, 24-mile long trail is a former railroad right-of-way.  It is relatively flat, traveling through both man-made and natural environments.  Much of the trail is tree-lined, though some parts have views of surrounding wetlands, streams and fields. The Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center is located on Hwy 36, Leonardo near the intersection Hwy 36/Avenue D, Atlantic Highlands.

The northern trail section runs 12 miles (just north of and parallel to Rt. 36) from the Aberdeen/Keyport border at the intersection of Lloyd Rd. and Clark St. to the Leonardo section of Middletown/Atlantic Highlands border at Avenue D. After sharing the road, the trail resumes at the Atlantic Highlands Marina and continues along Sandy Hook Bay to Popamora Point on Atlantic Highlands - Highlands border.

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Currently, the trail runs four miles from Rt. 537 in Freehold to Big Brook Park in Marlboro. The trail then resumes at Station Road in Marlboro and continues for five miles to Church Street in Matawan. Future plans for the Trail include linking these two sections of trail and providing a connection to the original, northern section of the Henry Hudson Trail. The park totals 234 acres.

The National Rail-Trail Network 
From the marshy regions of the Bayshore (Atlantic Highlands to Aberdeen) to the woods and fields of Marlboro and Freehold, the Henry Hudson Trail offers a wonderfully changing landscape as it traverses the county. The varied scenery, as well as the beautifully maintained conditions, are just two reasons why this trail was selected to be part of the National Rails-to-Trails Network.  The Park System is proud to have earned this distinction, along with other unused rail corridors that have been transformed into vibrant community recreational trails

Please remember that all saltwater anglers (age 16 and up) in New Jersey need to register or re-register with the state's free saltwater fishing online registry.

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In accordance with New Jersey’s Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are tobacco free. The ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.