360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
Park Map | Tick Advisory   
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.   
Closing time is 6:30 p.m. through March 9; 8 p.m. March 10-31; 8:30 p.m. April 1-28.  

leffert view

Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 313-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 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.

Upcoming offering:   

Spring Peepers of Monmouth County    
Wednesday, March 20 from 7-8 p.m.   
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center   
The spring peeper is a small frog with a loud voice that can often be heard in the spring as they seek a mate. The frogs are known to rally together and burst out into a chorus of peeps, hence the name. Join us as we discover more about these curious and cute amphibians of the forests including some fun facts and threats to their long-term survival. 


Take Route 79 (also called Freneau Road) north or south to Wilson Avenue. Go west on Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastery Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the right.

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 Monastery Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the right next to the Visitor Center.