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Cheesequake State Park, Matawan

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Cheesequake State Park is a 1,610-acre (2.52 sq mi) state park located in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the United States.

The New Jersey Legislature allocated $100,000 in 1937 to purchase property for the park. The state first acquired a 250-acre (100 ha) tract of farmland and a Civil War-era mansion from the Favier brothers in January 1938. Additional lands were acquired over the next two years, and the Civil Conservation Corps, part of the Works Progress Administration, helped develop the property. The park was opened in June 1940. It is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.

The name Cheesequake has been variously described as deriving from the Lenape words Cheseh-oh-ke ("upland"), Chichequaas ("upland village"), or Chiskhakink ("at the land that has been cleared").
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  • Hiked the green trail, about 3 miles. Some hills and stairs, nothing too hard for a pair of 63 year olds. Very shady and pleasant. Easy free parking, clean bathrooms by the entrance. Spent about an... 
    Hiked the green trail, about 3 miles. Some hills and stairs, nothing too hard for a pair of 63 year olds. Very shady and pleasant. Easy free parking, clean bathrooms by the entrance. Spent about an...  more »
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  • Came in July with family. I wish they had a binocular station to see the Osprey nest! The Yellow trail was very scenic. I definitely recommend trying to end your path there if possible! Also saw a Towhee, catbird, and Red-winged Blackbird, so this place is great for birding too. The blue trail can be a tad steep. Haven't tried the other trails yet, but I'm excited to go back for them! :)
  • Peaceful getaway during pandemic! Nature .... trails !

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