Cheesequake State Park in New Jersey

by rlaurendeau on January 18, 2010

Perfectly located near the urban areas of New Jersey and New York, Cheesequake State Park offers visitors a wide variety of activities and landscapes to enjoy year-round. This NJ state park is less than an hour from both the Newark and Trenton metropolitan areas, making a perfect day trip or weekend adventure.

Open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm, the Cheesequake State Park is a great place to visit if you want to

  • Hike through hardwood forests, on trails that vary in both length and difficulty;
  • Fresh-water fish for trout, largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish in Cheesequake State Park’s Hooks Creek Lake;
  • Go crabbing at the Crabbing Bridge;
  • Swim or float in the sun on Hooks Creek Lake, when in season;
  • Canoe, kayak, or go boating from one of the park’s launch sites (must observe NJ state regulations);
  • Enjoy picnicking at one of many sites throughout the park, equipped with both tables and outdoor grills;
  • Camp in the park or nearby in your NJ RV rental;
  • Go sledding (when in the winter season) on the hill near the Hooks Creek Lake parking area.

As you can see, there’s no end to the activities you can enjoy at Cheesequake State Park. You can easily spend several days at this NJ spark, taking full advantage of your motorhome rental in NJ.

Or, you may just want to make a visit to the state park a day trip. If that’s the case, and you have several family members and friends you want to bring along, then be sure to get a NJ 15 passenger van rental so you can all travel together. Cheesequake State Park is a great place to bring the whole crew because the park offers group picnic sites for up to 150 people; you can rent these group picnic areas for an entire day, for a minimal fee. These group picnic sites feature sports fields and playgrounds, which make this NJ destination a great place for a vacation mixed with your next family reunion.

The entrance fee into New Jersey’s Cheesequake State Park is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends (rates apply Memorial Day through Labor Day); this admission rate is charged per vehicle. If you want to reserve either a camp site or group picnic site, you will want to call in advance to make sure you get reservations on the appropriate day and time.

Enjoy the open fields, freshwater and saltwater marshes, hiking trails, nature areas, and northeastern United States hardwood forests of New Jersey all in one place at Cheesequake State Park. This state park may be just one example why New Jersey is considered “the Garden State.”

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