360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
Park Map | Tick Advisory
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 6 p.m. through February 12; 6:30 p.m. February 13-March 13; and 8 p.m. March 14-April 7.
Face coverings are required in all park buildings and outdoors when social distancing
cannot be reasonably maintained. Some buildings are closed to the general public when programs are in session. (updated 9/8/2020)
Portions of Freneau Woods Park will be open for deer hunting during the 2020/2021 season.
Click here for a list of hunting dates and boundaries.
Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 311-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county.
Trails may be accessed from the Monastery Lane and Greenwood Avenue entrances. Modern restrooms are available in the Visitor Center when programs are in session. Work is underway on expanding the trail system and making improvements to the buildings.
The park is named after a poet of the American Revolution, Philip Morin Freneau, whose family once partly owned the property. Known for his inspirational poetry and influential political articles in support of the American Revolution, Freneau played an important role shaping the country’s history.
In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.
Upcoming programs at this park include:
Winter Family Fun
(ages 10 and up, families, with adult)
Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 311-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county. Check out these free nature programs happening here this winter. Be sure to dress warmly. Programs will cancel due to inclement weather or icy trails.
Stargazing and Nighttime Walk
Saturday, February 6 from 7-8 p.m.
Step out for an evening of stargazing as we roam around the woods and wetlands to explore the night sky and the natural world. Discover some of the wildlife that call Freneau Woods Park home during the winter, and find out what our animals friends might do to survive the coldest season of the year.
Winter Nature Walk in the Woods
Sunday, February 7 from 1-2 p.m.
Clubmoss, leaf litter and fallen logs. What do all these specimens have in common? You can find them all on a winter nature walk. Our leaf litter exploration will unveil some interesting invertebrates and their food sources. Put some muscle into helping us roll over a fallen log to find out what is going on underneath and what these natural specimens have in common. Wear boots and suitable clothing for walking outside.
Directions: FROM ROUTE 79
Take Route 79 (also called Freneau Road) north or south to Wilson Avenue. Go west on Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left.
FROM ROUTE 34
Take Route 34 north or south to Mill Road. Go west on Mill Road. Turn right onto Route 79 North (also called Freneau Road). Turn left onto Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left next to the Activity Center. Parking area is on the left.