Clayton Park

61 Emley's Hill Road, (Imlaystown) Upper Freehold, NJ 08526  - Trail Head Parking 
202 Davis Station Road, (Imlaystown) Upper Freehold, NJ 08514 - Activity Center
 - Ranger Station  
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Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.   
Closing time is 9:30 p.m. through July 21; 9 p.m. July 22-August 18; and 8:30 p.m. August 19-September 8. 

Clayton Park

You'll feel many miles away from civilization as this rustic 450-acre site in rural Upper Freehold is located amidst the rolling farmland of western Monmouth County. One of the most beautiful parks in the Park System, the property is known for stately stands of red and white oak, beech, ash and birch trees.

 A 76-acre section of the park was inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network in 2023. Encompassing the park’s Doctor’s Creek and Old Forge trails, the designated 76-acre section of forest is notable for its diversity of animals and rich understory of herbs, shrubs and saplings. The area features high-quality hardwood trees including the American beech, tulip poplar, and shagbark hickory.

Clayton Park Trail

Located along the Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Scenic Byway, a 24-mile stretch that captures the agricultural, historical, environmental and cultural traditions still visible around Upper Freehold and Allentown, Clayton Park offers miles trails for visitors to explore. 

Clayton Park Activity Center

In late 2015, the Park System acquired the Imlaystown School on Davis Station Road. Once home to the offices of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education New Jersey, the building is now called the Clayton Park Activity Center and allows the Park System to offer a variety of programs in the park.  

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.

The forested, hilly trails of this park have become a popular destination for hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists. Enter from Emley's Hill Road (6 miles of trails).

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 Map to Activity Center

Locator Map

Clayton Locator Map 2021

Directions to Trail Head

  • Interstate 195 to exit 11 (Imlaystown/Cox's Corner). Eastbound, turn right and follow to end; westbound, turn left and follow to end. Turn left onto Rt. 526 and make immediate right onto Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. Follow to Emley's Hill Rd., turn left. Follow to Park on left.  
  • Rt. 537 west to Rt. 526 (becomes Red Valley Rd.) to Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. Turn left and follow Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. to Emley's Hill Rd., turn left and follow to Park on left. 

Directions to Activity Center     

  • 1-195 W to Exit 11 turning south toward Imlaystown. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Imlaystown. In 300 feet, turn left onto Imlaystown-Hightstown Road. In .8 mile turn left onto Allentown-Lakewood Road. In 150 ft., turn right onto Imlaystown Road. In .1 mile, slight right onto Davis Station Road. Activity Center is in .2 mile on the right.