Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
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leffert view

Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 158-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.

No restrooms or other facilities are open at this time. The park is open for self-directed, passive recreation at the Greenwood Road access in Marlboro. Formal trails will be established throughout the park in the future. The former St. Basil Monastery property is closed except for scheduled Park System programs. The Monastery buildings will eventually host recreation, art and environmental education programs.


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 offerings at this park include:   

Life in a Rotting Log
Wednesday, August 2 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Who knew so much life could be found in a rotting log? Experience the tremendous amount of life found on the forest floor, in soils, and inside rotting logs. If you love insects and all things bugs, then this activity is for you! We will look for crazy and fun critters such as crickets, worms, millipedes, beetles and more! We will find out how a diversity of animals depends on a healthy forest. Please dress to get dirty. Closed-toe shoes only. Open to ages 8 and up, with adult. Meet in the Monastary Lane lot. FREE!

Greet the Day Walk        
Sunday, August 13 from 7-8:30 a.m.  
“Drop In” and savor the early rays of a summer day during this free morning adventure. A Park System Naturalist will guide you along meandering trails through field and forest and by ponds and streams. Dress for the weather and bring drinking water. Wear sturdy shoes suited for walking on uneven and steep terrain.  Open to ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!

Thursday, August 31 at 11 a.m. - Start in the parking lot at the end of Monastary Lane
Don’t know what to do on a weekday this summer break? Seek out some nature fun! Check out the schedule below for dates, times and locations. Start in the parking lot and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there join in activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun. Activities could include meeting a live animal, finding hidden treasure, discovering incredible parts of a flower, creating artwork with natural materials, or participating in a fun nature themed game. You bring your sense of adventure and we'll bring the rest! This program is designed for individuals and families, not groups. FREE!  


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.