Thompson Park

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732-842-4000 ext 4312 - General Information
732-842-4000 ext 4298 - Ranger Station
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Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round; 6 a.m. for Marlu Lake fishing access.
Closing time is 5:30 p.m. through January 15; 6 p.m. January 16-February 11; and 6:30 p.m. February 12-March 9.  

Visitor Advisory
Visitors are urged not to leave valuables in their cars and to notify Park Rangers of any suspicious activity in parking lots. To reach a Park Ranger, contact the County emergency communications center at 732-577-8700.

Thompson Park will be closed to all outdoor activities for deer hunting until 12 p.m. on:

  • December 3, 5, 7 & 13
  • January 10
thomspon park visitor center
Thompson Park Visitor Center, former home of Geraldine Thompson (pictured below)

The Park System Headquarters are located in this 667 acre park, which was established in 1968 with a donation of 215 acres from the estate of Geraldine Livingston Thompson.

mrs. thompson as a young lady

Mrs Thompson's beloved "Brookdale Farm" was a premier thoroughbred race horse breeding/training facility. Today, the park remembers Mrs.Thompson's belief that "children have to feel the ground beneath them and go out into the woods and see the trees and birds."

historic photo of the thompson park visitor center

Built in 1896 as the Thompson family residence, this grand colonial revival mansion had been used as a Visitor Center and was destroyed by a fire on February 6, 2006. The Visitor Center has been rebuilt in the same style.  The first floor is now open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Public restrooms are open 8 a.m. to dusk.  The Visitor Center is available to rent for meetings, special events and weddings. Learn more about renting this space for meetings and special events or weddings.

Read Discover History in the Parks Series: Brookdale Farm in Thompson Park (pdf)
for more about the history of this site

mcps headquarters building
Thompson Park Headquarters Building

The park features several areas with names that remind visitors about its rich history. The Estate Grounds section includes the beginnings of a beautiful Memorial Tree Grove and the site of the former Geraldine and Lewis Thompson mansion. The Old Orchard area provides easy access to the 14 miles of trails within the park and is reminiscent of the former Thompson family apple orchard. The Filly Run area is home to the park's playground and also provides access to the park trails, specifically the 4.9 mile paved trail loop. A bicycle repair station with a tire pump and tools has recently been added near the playground.

The Three Barn section is named for the two large horse barns (now Theatre Barn and Activity Barn) and a cow barn (now the Creative Arts Center). The Three Barn area is also where the extremely popular off-leash dog area is located.  Please note that the off-leash dog area is closed on Thompson Park Day.

thompson park tennis courts

Thompson Park has opportunities for varied recreational interests including 14 miles of multiple-use trails (4.9 miles paved), a playground, tennis courts, a fishing lake for canoes/kayaks and electric-powered boats, a seasonal group picnic facility, Creative Arts Center, and off-leash dog area. The athletic fields are available for rental for soccer and rugby games only. Those interested in renting these or other fields for games, click here to learn more.  


Night Skies Hike and S’mores    
Saturday, January 5 from 6-8 p.m.   
Thompson Park Ski Hut, Lincroft  
New moons offer the darkest skies, especially in the winter. Ever wonder what you are looking at when you look up at the stars? Learn to navigate around the night sky from our Park System Naturalist. We will take a short hike around Thompson Park before warming up by the fire pit enjoying s’mores, warm drinks and music. Bring binoculars if you have them. Remember, to dress for the weather.  Rating: Easy, some seasonal trail conditions could be challenging: ice, snow, mud. If there is snow we will be using snowshoes that we provide. Open to ages 7 and up, under 18 with adult. 

thompson park marlu lake

Reservable Group Picnic Area 
Thompson Park features a reservable group picnic area and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get-together or a bunch of friends.

Old farm roads and a former horse exercise track are popular routes for walkers and runners. There is also a 4.9 mile paved trail. A bicycle repair station with a tire pump and tools has recently been added near the playground.

Cross-Country Ski Trail Map   


  • Garden State Parkway to exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 West (Newman Springs Rd.); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 West 2.2 miles to Park (past M.T. Thompson park and Brookdale  College entrance ) on left.
  • State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 520 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 520 east to Park entrance.

Directions to the Longbridge Annex 
Thompson Park Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel

  • Garden State Parkway to exit 109.  (Southbound, turn right onto Route 520 W or Newman Springs Road) (Northbound, turn left onto Route 520 W). Travel to Longbridge Rd (pass Brookdale Community College & Thompson Park main entrance).  Turn left on Longbridge and go 1 mile to Longbridge Annex, turn left.  The Training Center is at the end of the road.
  • State Highway 34 to Route 520 E. (Southbound, turn left) (Northbound, turn right)  Follow Route 520 E to Longbridge Road and turn right.  Continue to Thompson Annex. The Training Center is at the end of the road.