Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Hartshorne Woods County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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8 days ago

I've been mountain biking these trails for years. Highly recommended for a good workout. Nice fast trails combined with some decent climbs.

great conditions

Fun hike, not too strenuous, very enjoyable. Somewhat muddy because of the rain the night before, but still very manageable

Great weather (Mid 50s and sunny) for November. Heavy rain the night before made some parts a little muddy but overall a nice easy to moderate hike with great views of the river.

This trail hike, I will definitely recommend . We Started out with great weather 70 degree weather in November... Came upon some wildlife animals, Small creeks the River and more.
The only downfall is The trail Direction is not marked out clear enough...Needs improvemet
I love it

7 months ago

This was a beautiful, secluded and reasonably challenging hike. Parts were quite narrow with heavy vegetation growth. There were some fairly steep elevation changes but nothing that required climbing. The trail was well maintained. I don't mountain bike - but this looked like a blast. I may take up a new activity! I hiked down Rocky Point Loop but ran only had a limited amount of time and had to return on Battery Loop (which is a paved road... very nice, to have the option).

Saw some deer and some nice big trees. Pretty nice combinations of trails to be made here for trail runs

8 months ago

All the trails here are pretty nice for a little bit of exercise. Not terribly crowded on the weekdays

9 months ago

Quick easy hike to do after spending the day at Sandy Hook, with some history involved which is always appreciated. River is nice and there is swimming beach by the boardwalk which looked clean but there were a few roudy party boats close to the boardwalk when I hiked it on a Saturday so might not always be secluded

10 months ago

Easy pleasant trail with some views of the river. Trail is wide enough to avoid brushing up against poison ivy or tick-covered plants.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fun hike w great views

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Good quick hike

Friday, November 24, 2017

Really nice hike! We saw a red headed woodpecker and a downy woodpecker. Lots of places to rest and eat snacks. There was even a bathroom about halfway through. We really enjoyed the little beach and dock.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A nice little hike with history of the NJ gun battery pacements... then enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This is a very good spot to hike. If your looking for a short and simple yet soothing and rewarding then you have found the spot. This is my 4th hike I have ever done so im an amateur but i highly recommend checking this spot out, the ending is gorgeous.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Small beach is quite nice after some trailing.

Saturday, July 08, 2017


Friday, May 19, 2017

Nice, quiet trail. Steep and rocky at points with tree roots jutting out so be careful! Watch out for bikers. A few view points of the river.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great short hike for good healthy work out. Watch out for the mountain bikes though. My wife and I have hiked this trail in every season. Nice in snow as in the summer. Many views of the rivers and the ocean over the barrier island. Enjoy

Friday, December 30, 2016

Easy, paved trail. One small incline. This trail is stroller friendly and offers a nice view of Sandy Hook and the ocean beyond.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Awesome fall scenery and beautiful waterfront visits by Naversink and Shrewsbury Rivers. Moderate levels on nicely developed paths.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Relaxing. Pretty easy. A few steep areas but for the most part a safe and simple-to-follow path. Great views of the Navesink River.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Great. Area offers birding, history, and beaches.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Hartshorne is a fun place, it's the only park close by that has woods and hills with ocean views. I live in Monmouth County and generally drive up to two hours to reach challenging hikes, but when I'm crunched for time Hartshorne is a good fall back. You will see lots of mountain bikes, so be alert and ready to step aside. I know hikers have the right of way, but you can't possible expect a biker to be able to stop on a dime! Because of the MBs, the talks are really packed and easy to wall.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Great. 2 military battery's and a bunker. Also nice quiet hike with decent elevation gains

Friday, July 18, 2014

4 stars just wasn't up to par, I don't know if this is the BEST trail but it is my favorite. I love that there is something for all, easy or moderate and black diamond trails. Even if you aren't great with trail markers (yours truly) there seem to be a lot of intersecting trails, or side trails that bring you to another trail. "Sometimes"I just ignore the markers (read "pretty much always") but in my opinion there's no better park to wander through.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Although I haven't hiked All the Parks in Monmouth Co. This is the most demanding. You can do a 7 mile loop with some decent elevation gains for being on the shore. And it's share of rocks on the Black Diamond trail & Grand Touring sections. My favorite local hike!!!

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