Dorbrook Recreation Area

Facebook Logo353 Route 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(Old street address - 209 Route 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722)
732-542-1642 - Visitor Center
732-460-1167 - Activity Center
732-542-1643 - Ranger Station 
Park Brochure & Map
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See Supplemental Guidelines for Dorbrook Recreation Area   
Summer Camp Meeting Areas in Dorbrook (map)    
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.  
Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 15; 8:30 p.m. August 16-September 19; and 8 p.m. September 20-October 3.  

Visitor Advisory 
Visitors are urged not to leave valuables in their cars and to notify Park Rangers of any suspicious activity in parking lots. To reach a Park Ranger, contact the County emergency communications center at 732-577-8700.

Some buildings are closed to the general public when camps are in session.  



The Sprayground is open for the season. Please note that advance reservations are required for admission.  

Here are the procedures to reserve your spot as of July 10:
  • There are no walk-up admissions offered. Admission is free but you must reserve a time slot in advance through the registration page. (Search Sprayground Fun.)
  • Each week, additional dates and times are released.
  • Everyone entering the Sprayground must have a reservation (including parents).
  • There are a limited number of spaces available in each 90-minute time slot.
  • You may secure no more than six reservations for each time slot, including children and adults, and no more than three time slots per calendar week.
  • Please bring your program receipt with you when you visit, either printed or viewable on your phone.
  • Sprayground closures due to bad weather or any other reason will be listed on our weather cancellation number: 732-842-4000, ext. 6. Cancellations are listed at least one hour before the scheduled start time.

During the renovation, the site received all-new spray features including “raining leaves,” domes of cascading water, and a series of high to low play troughs. A new bright blue surface was installed and the pumping system was replaced for improved water filtration.

Designed to provide refreshment for park visitors and participants in Park System summer camp programs, the Sprayground is a great place to cool off and play with water. Individuals and families are welcome. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group outings are not permitted at the Sprayground.

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This active recreation site features 535 acres which include a barrier-free playground, tennis courts, two swimming pools (for lessons only), a Sprayground, an inline rink, basketball courts, open fields, and 2.3 miles of paved trail for walking, biking, and in-line skating. A bicycle repair station with a tire pump and tools has recently been added near the basketball courts. There are also athletic fields available for use for games only, no practices. Learn more about Athletic Field Rentals.
Sport Courts  
Tennis and basketball courts, as well as the in-line skating rink are available during posted park hours on a first-come, first served basis. Park System programs take priority. No private lessons, team practices, or leagues are permitted, except by permit or those offered by the Park System. The in-line skating rink is a shared use facility between skating activity and pickleball games. Portable pickleball nets are set up for open play  from Sunday through Wednesday, as weather permits. Nets are removed for open skating activity from Thursday through Saturday. For information on instructional programs and camps, visit our programs and registration page.  


Lion's Den

Challenger Place – A Playground for Children of All Abilities
Challenger Place is a place for all children to play in Monmouth County. This universally accessible playground provides all children, at their own level of play, an opportunity to laugh, play, grow and learn together. This play facility, opened in June 2004, includes elevated surfaces that are accessible to those in wheelchairs and Braille signs for individuals who are visually impaired. Each of the three play structures has areas in where children of varied abilities can play together, enjoying fun and stimulating activities. This playground project was a joint venture of the Monmouth County Park System and Challenged Youth Sports, Middletown and is the first universally integrated playground in New Jersey. 

In 2019, the Park System completed the addition of the Lion's Sensory Den to Challenger's Place. Designed specifically for blind or visually impaired children, the Lion's Sensory Den features a water spray misting column; a spinning, two level globe; three drums; and three xylophone-style instruments. The addition is thanks to donations from the Colts Neck Lions Club to the Monmouth County Friends of the Parks. Find out more about this project.

An additional universally accessible playground is Tony's Place, located in Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch. 

Model Rockets and Airplanes 
The use of model rockets and radio controlled model aircraft is permitted, with appropriate permit, in designated areas on the south side of Highway 537. For details on obtaining a permit, and other requirements, please see our complete rules
Dorbrook Model Airplane Field

PLEASE NOTE:  Large group (over 50 people) gatherings are not available at this site. A picnic shelter can be rented for a max of 50 people. Please see Picnic Area & Shelters for more information and nearby County Park System facilities where larger groups can be accommodated.

A paved trail winds its way around and through the north side of this active park. The 2.3 mile trail has two loops for you to choose and vary your trail experience. The park also offers an in-line skating rink for casual, rental or league use. A bicycle repair station with a tire pump and tools has recently been added near the basketball courts.

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Coyote Advisory
Coyotes have been sighted around Dorbrook Recreation Area. Visitors are urged to take these precautions:

  • Although rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor children, even in familiar surroundings.
  • Do not feed coyotes.
  • Keep pets on leash and never leave them unattended.
  • Report coyote sightings to a Park Ranger. Email us or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, with comments or concerns.

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.


  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 (Newman Springs Rd.); northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520. Follow Rt. 520 (1.5 miles) to Swimming River Rd., turn left. Follow Swimming River Rt. 537 west, turn right. Follow to Area.  
  • State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 537 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 537 east to Area.  
  • State Hwy. 18 to Exit 19, Hwy. 34 north. Follow Hwy. 34 to Rt. 537 east. Turn right. Follow Rt. 537 to Area.  

Please Note: Activity Center, Visitor Center, softball, field hockey, in-line rink, paved trail, playground, hard courts and pool are on the north side of Rt. 537. Soccer, lacrosse and flag football fields are on the south side.