Hike Distance: 1.99 Miles
Trails: Sweetbriar Trail, Eastern Loop, and an unmarked trail
I had some time to kill, and I just recently learned there was a Monmouth County park in Ocean Township. Weather was great, partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-70s. I almost didn’t break a sweat during the walk.
There’s a pull-off, right off West Park Avenue, that fits 5-7 cars comfortably. The trails start off with a wide dirt road.
Most of the trails are sand or dirt, no rocks to speak of, and no elevation change. A good portion of the trails were mowed paths through fields.
A bat house:
I was hiking along fine until:
According to the map, I should have headed left. Consulting AllTrails, there was a whole new trail to the left. Of course, this is not on the trail map provided by the Park System. (By the way, print one off, if you want one, there were none at the kiosk.) I chose right, and added on to the hike.
The grass along side the paths was taller than me in some spots.
I was surprised to find cactus here:
This was a great way to kill an hour or so. You really can’t get lost. Some of the unmarked side trails appear to head off to the properties to the East of the park.
Blazes (I think I captured every signpost on the trails. There are no actual blazes):