Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
732-842-4000, ext. 4312
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Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 19; 8:30 p.m. August 20-September 3; and 8 p.m. September 4-23.

leffert view

Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 210-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.

Upcoming programs at this park include:    

Free upcoming programs include:   

The Life History of Woodpeckers in Monmouth County   
Sunday, August 4 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.    
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center   
Explore the life history of woodpeckers in Monmouth County, from little downy woodpeckers to the pileated woodpecker, the largest woodpecker in Monmouth County. A Park System Naturalist will discuss the natural history of various species of woodpeckers commonly found in Monmouth County and local conservation efforts. Now is your chance to learn everything you wanted to know about woodpeckers, such as what do woodpeckers eat, how do they raise a family and why is a woodpecker pecking at my house? Monmouth County’s resident woodpecker species are active all year long. Whether it be in your backyard, a local park, or a visit to Freneau Woods Park. This program is open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with adult. For additional information, contact Naturalist Joe Reynolds at 732-264-7277.

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.


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.