Crosswicks Creek Park

County Route 537, Upper Freehold, NJ 08514
Park Brochure & Map | Tick Advisory     
Areas in the park open at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9:30 p.m. through July 21; 9 p.m. July 22-August 18; and 8:30 p.m. August 19-September 8.

butterfly on thistle

Crosswicks Creek Park is a 2,360-acre park in Upper Freehold Township. Most of the Crosswicks Creek Park forms a narrow corridor of land around Crosswicks Creek. Another 2,700 acres of surrounding farmland is preserved by the county and state Farmland Preservation Program.

At the heart of the Crosswicks Creek Park, is Historic Walnford. The site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family. The historic district includes 36 acres of field, woodland and wetlands. It is one of the historic sites located along the 24-mile Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Scenic Byway

Crosswicks Creek begins near Fort Dix in Burlington County, travels up the northeast corner of Ocean County, meanders seven miles in Monmouth County, becomes the dividing line between Burlington and Mercer Counties and finally empties into the Delaware River.

Kayaking the Crosswicks Creek 

Crosswicks Creek is a popular spot for hiking, canoeing and fishing, with access provided at three small parking areas:

  • Hutchinson Road, Allentown. Informal trails (primarily mowed field edges) take visitors through the fields and forest edge of this former horse training track.
  • Rt. 537/Monmouth Road, Cream Ridge. This parking is an access point for paddlers, who will need to carry their canoe/kayak from the lot to the water. NOTE: Crosswicks Creek has many portages (mostly fallen trees).
  • Province Line Road, Allentown. While this site does not provide access to Crosswicks Creek, it has its own "fishing hole" and some informal trails (primarily mowed field paths).    

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.


  • From the east
    Take I-195 west to exit 16 (Route 537 west) or follow Rt. 537 west from Freehold. Past Holmes Mill Road approx 1/4 mile. Turn right into parking lot for Rt. 537/Monmouth Road lot access.  Continue past lot and trun right onto Province Line Road and right into lot for fishing hole access. Continue past lot and turn right onto Hutchinson Road. Lot access is on right after bend in road.
  • From the west
    Follow I-195 to exit 16 (Route 537 west) and follow as above.