Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastery 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 May 26; 9:30 p.m. May 27-July 21; and 9 p.m. July 22-August 18.  

leffert view

Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 313-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 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.

Upcoming offering:
Snapping Turtles of Monmouth County
Thursday, June 13 from 7-8 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen
Snapping turtles are one of the largest freshwater turtles and can weigh up to 40 lbs. Discover more about our snapping turtle population in Monmouth County including what they eat, how they mate, and how did they get that unique name? This is sure to be an interesting evening.  FREE!  


Take Route 79 (also called Freneau Road) north or south to Wilson Avenue. Go west on Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastery Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the right.

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 Monastery Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the right next to the Visitor Center.