South Trails – Monmouth Battlefield State Park – Manalapan/Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ
Distance: 15 miles of hiking trails for the park. About 7 miles in the southern part of the park. (We did about 3 miles)
Type: Interconnected web
Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Total score: 7 of 10.
Website – New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Terrain – rolling fields and hills, forest, farmland
Birds eye view of Sandy Hook from Navesink Twin Lights in Highland.
Hiking/Biking Path– Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area – Fort Hancock (Highlands), Monmouth County, NJ
Distance: I’ve done hikes of 4 miles and 6 miles here. Could definitely do longer if you wanted, or much shorter.
Type: Out and back with some small loops
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – can be buggy. Parts of trail exposed to the sun.
Total score: 8 of 10.
Terrain – beaches, beaches, beaches
Trailheads – 40° 28.074’N, 74° 0.053’W. This is Parking Lot J at Fort Hancock. There are a bazillion more trailheads.
Manasquan Floodplain Trail – Allaire State Park – Wall Township, Monmouth County, NJ
Distance: 0.5 miles (with another mile around the buildings that are not on the trail)
Type: Horseshoe (loop if you use the green trail)
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – for trail blazes disapearing.
Total score: 3 of 10.
Terrain – Swamp, swamp, and more swamp.
Trailheads – 40° 9.318’N, 74° 7.603’W or 40° 9.367’N, 74° 7.730’W. Second trailhead is where we started.