Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
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Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.   
Closing time is 6 p.m. January 17-February 13; 6:30 p.m. February 14-March 12; and 8 p.m. March 13-April 3. 

Portions of this park will be open for deer hunting during the 2021/2022 season.
Click here for a list of hunting dates and boundaries.  

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 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.

Upcoming programs at this park include:       


Upcoming Free Activities:  

Nature Lecture Series:  Chickadees of Monmouth County    
Thursday, January 20 from 7-8 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park Activity Center   
Chickadees are cute, small, social birds that flock to bird feeders during winter. Even if you have never seen a chickadee, you have probably heard its common winter chick-a-dee-dee-dee call. Discover more about these adorable birds and learn how to identify and attract them to your bird feeders.
Nature Lecture Series:  Brook Trout – The State Fish of New Jersey
Thursday, February 17 from 7-8 p.m.
Freneau Woods Park Activity Center   
This is the only trout species native to the state and is a popular fish among recreational fishermen. Brook trout are beautiful fish that have lived in New Jersey since the end of the Ice Age, but they’re now dealing with many issues including warming waters and loss of habitat. Discover more about the history and ecology of brook trout or brookies.



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.