360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
Park Map | Tick Advisory
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 13; 9:30 p.m. June 14-July 11; and 9 p.m. July 12-August 15.
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)
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:
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.