Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
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Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.   
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 4; 9:30 p.m. June 5-July 16; and 9 p.m. July 17-August 13.

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 offerings:

NATURE LECTURE - All About Red-Tailed Hawks   
Thursday, August 24 from 7-8 p.m.   
Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen
One of the largest birds you’ll see in Monmouth County, what do you really know about this widespread and common bird of prey? Join a Park System Naturalist as we discover the life and conservation status of red-tailed hawks in Monmouth County. Trust us, there is more to this bird than just its raspy scream that you hear in so many movies and television shows.


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.