Address: 300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, New Jersey 07747
GPS: 40.434812, -74.263965
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Local Directions: From Garden State Pkwy (exit 120): Bear right, then turn right at second traffic light.

Contact Information
Local Phone: 1-732-566-2161
Website: http://www.njparksandforests.o...
Email: Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.u...
Office Hours: 8 AM to 4:30 PM

April 1 to October 31
Check In: Noon
Check Out: Noon
Gate Hours: 8 AM to 4:30 PM

53 RV Sites, 53 Tent Sites, 6 Group Sites, 59 No Hookup

Daily Rates: $20.00 - $25.00

Facilities & Services
Bathhouse / Restrooms, Dump Station, Hot Showers

Biking, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Playground, Swimming

All Ages, No Pets Allowed

Max RV Length 35 ft
Great place for the family

Cheesequake State Park boasts an exceptional variety of habitats and recreational activities. Only 30 miles from Manhattan, Cheesequake's 1,485 acres encompass upland eastern hardwood forests, freshwater wetlands an Atlantic white cedar swamp, pine barrens habitats and the Bayshore's largest area of protected salt marsh.

Cheesequake offers many opportunities for families, groups and individuals to get out and explore these environments, including hiking trails, biking trails, picnic areas, camping, fishing, swimming and a variety of year round guided interpretive programs.

We have 59 camp sites including 6 Group sites that can accommodate up to 25 people. We have a height restriction of 11ft for vehicles heading to the 53 tent sites in the family camping area. The Tent sites are open Apr 1 to Oct 31 and the Group sites are open between May 1 and Oct 31

No Generators.
Total Sites59
RV Sites53
Tent Sites53
Group Sites6
Max RV Length35 ft
No Hookup (59)
Rental Units
Sites Miscellaneous
Facilities and Services
  Hours Description Fees
Bathhouse / Restrooms  
Dump Station  
Flush Toilets  
Hot Showers  
  Hours Description Fees
Beach   Beach area offers parking, changing rooms and a concession stand with refreshments and beach supplies
Biking   White trail is a 3 mile multi-use trail suitable for mountain biking
Fishing   Freshwater fishing in Hooks Creek Lake stocked annually with trout
Hiking   Five trails available. Longest trail, 3-mile Green trail takes about 90 mins to hike
Power Boating   Labor Day to Memorial Day - Electric motors only
Swimming   Swimming is permitted in Hooks Creek Lake from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day while lifeguards are on duty


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4 star rating
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4 star rating
Great state park to camp for a weekend
June 22, 2010
I have to say I was surprised how good this park was.

The sites are grass/dirt, wooded and shaded, come with a fire ring and picnic table. They are very spacious. The restrooms and showers were clean and worked well. It's all dry camping, but that was fine for us.

There was a nice lake in the park, several children's playgrounds and several different trails to hike and picnic areas.

The only issue is the garden state parkway runs through the middle of it, so you do get the background noise of traffic in some parts - but it wasn't too bad. Also note to get to the family campground you have to drive under the parkway and the bridge has an 11ft clearance. So it may be too low for Fifth Wheelers and Class A motorhomes.

We stayed here in a Travel Trailer.
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4 star rating
Great place to work, better place to camp
Alex Rojewski
May 11, 2010
I've been going to CSP for as long as I can remember, and I can't help but go back. The sites are nice and spacious, all with firepits, picnic tables, and newly added lantern hooks. The staff's willing to help out with anything. Some of the sites, the 30 range, are up against Lawrence Parkway, so they should be avoided. Go for sites 45 or 46, but get them early. Any weekend besides Memorial Day and the 4th of July is usually open up until the preceding Friday. The lake's the main attraction, but should be avoided due to crowds on the holiday weekends. The trail system is excellent, and the Interpretive Center is definitely worth stopping at. Hope you enjoy Cheesequake as much as I have! And give my regards to the Visitor Services Associate!
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