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Alder and Fitness Trail Loop is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Freehold, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 32 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bike touring

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Wild flowers

Bugs

Muddy

Snow

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A walk through Turkey Swamp reveals a primitive wilderness. Much of the park is forested by pitch pine and oak trees with an understory of bracken fern, pepper bush, blueberry, and catbriar. Many plants and animals associated with the NJ Pine Barrens can be found here.

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Reviews (78)
Photos (55)
Recordings (57)
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Timothy Brennan
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Great place to bring the family and beginner hikers. Currently there are a lot of downed trees on some of the extended loops. The park has archery and several kinds of boating and fishing along with camping.

Rich Arsenault
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Hiking

so many trails in the park it was such a hot day I just mixed up some trails to stay close to the ranger station

Mary Ludlow
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Larry Thompson
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Hiking

Mothers Day with the kids, perfect weather and a perfect trail for my 3 6 and 8 year olds Wish the Covid didn’t shut all the little playgrounds along the trail that would have been even better. Beautiful little sitting places too. Will be back often

Belinda Hecht
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HikingMuddy

The biggest reason why I didn't like this hike was because it was SUPER muddy. Granted I went the day it rained, however, I do know Turkey Swamp and how it constantly retains water in its park. It was a but confusing at times to follow the path as well because the signs were very large distances apart and there were no tree markers. Aside from that, it is a simple path to bring small kids on!

Christie Iacovella
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Christie Iacovella
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HikingMuddy
Ken & Lin-Marie B
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Hiking

Very peaceful 2- mile hike on fairly level trail. Most people could complete this in about an hour. It rained the day before we went but only slightly muddy in spots. Well-cleared and maintained.

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William Milligan
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddy

all in all a very pleasurable Trail walking stick is helpful bring a map

Cesar Rufo
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Hiking

Good, well-marked trail. Views of the lake, and easy to follow. I hiked on a cold December day. A little bit muddy so you’ll want to wear hiking shoes.

Katrina Morris
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Walking

Absolutely beautiful views. I took my Great Dane with me and we both had a blast. Mild traffic everyone was very pleasant. Alittle slippery and muddy at some points but duhhh it's a swamp lol. I really liked the fitness part of the trail it gave you a few things to do while you are walking. and doggie bags and trash cans all throughout the trail. very dog and people friendly recommended for anyone at any level.

Mike Betar
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Running

Very peaceful

Marleen Enid
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Hiking

Gorgeous Views and Very Peaceful

Michael Turetsky
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Truly enjoy this park. Just go you owe it to yourself to check it out

Jon-Alan Ames
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Hiking

Hiked the Manasquan Trail. I only saw 2 other people during my walk, and they were park employees. Nicely maintained trail through the wooded areas on the North side of the property.

Carrie Bohn
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Hiking

Parked at Oak Point area and headed down to the boat house. Wanted to start the Alder Trail but had a bit of an issue no markings until a couple came by and pointed me in the right direction. The trail goes across 2 fields and a parking lot (I believe). Very nice trail with boardwalks and great views of the lake. At the end I took the Metedeconk Trail, very nice relaxing trail with some length. This park has a lot of bathrooms and rest areas, very great. Really nice park for lots of outdoor activities.

Terri G.
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Hiking

Love Turkey Swamp Park - go there often and always something new to see each time. Unfortunately today the Adler Trail was flooded out due to the recent rain we received.

Brooke Dunphey
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Hiking

What a great little gem! The trail around the water is nicely maintained and has some great views and many benches to rest at. There are jungle gyms for kids to play on. You can ride horses on trails and through pastures. Lots of picnic tables are available to have lunch at. There is a small beach where you can launch a kayak or canoe!

Eric Glantz
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Hiking

Very muddy trails better to hike in dry weather

Rick Rick Clayton
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Mountain biking

fun trial on my MT BIKE people I met were friendly had a little bit of everything root some mud some sand some hard packed cool.

Chad Williams
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Hiking

Completed the trail around the lake (Alder Trail) by accessing the park from the Matedeconk Trailhead (I recommend this mile long access trail through the lush, swamp section). It also allows for very early access to the park so you have the lake to yourself! Very easy trail system. the park is obviously heavily used during the day with boat rentals, a boat house, playgrounds and picnic areas, etc. Go early and beat everyone to the lake... you will thank yourself for the serenity of the lake. This is more of a family outing location, but the side trails are nice hikes. You can find solitude along the back side of the lake, as most people will stay along the more developed areas. I uploaded pics, so take a look and enjoy!

Andy Wolf
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Camping

Fun but not the best trail

Mike Merlucci
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Nature trips

thought there would be a good bike trail but seems more hiking on north side to swamp marsh, got really muddy and we turned back but hopefully the south side is much better?I'd recommend hiking, camping, kyak/fishing instead. Thanks Mike

Alexa Edwards
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Hiking

Very easy trail, I stayed on the main "driving" path because it was raining today but it was still very nice and beautifully maintained.

Karen Marie Grego
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Hiking
First to Review

We took the Alder (green) trail which was a loop around the shelter, passing the boat house and skirting the lake. We had our dog with us, and as this was his first trip out with us, the timing was inaccurate since he had to stop and sniff every nook and cranny. It was a great day and more of an easy walk than a hike. Definitely recommend it and we will be going again. I have been to Turkey Swamp park for many years paddle boating and picnicking with my class, but this was the first time I used the trails.

Jen Raue
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Hiking
Estela LaCap
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Hiking
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Brian V.
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