Cheesequake Green Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Matawan, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Length3.1 miElevation gain229 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestWildlifeBugsMuddySnowFee
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There's a $5 entrance fee on weekdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and a $10 entrance fee on weekends and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Deanna Christian
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Great trail. Lots of cool things to see

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Kristi Edmonds
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Very well marked trail. Muddy in parts. Beautiful Boardwalk. Note that there are a lot of stairs.

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Andrew Kim
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Shoko Takashima
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WalkingMuddy

3/27/21 busy parking lot. started with Blue then merged to Green loop back to parking lot. Some muddy spots from previous rain. Towards the back side of Green loop near daycare, heard LOUD MUSIC which ruins the experience!

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sandra Yaros
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Erica Ciallella
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Jade Alexis
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lovely time. please wear your damn masks tho :)

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Tiffany Angeles
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Quick peaceful stroll

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Áron Györgypál
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Derek Pike
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Danny Lynch
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beautiful day , there's some stretches on the green trail covered in snow and ice and definitely lots of mud but still a nice hike

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Kirsten Chieco
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Chuck Koegel
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John Wisniewski
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Jennifer Sardo
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Sudeep Jesani
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Mary Roddy
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Well marked. Busy on a Sunday. Great to her out before the storm

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Kevin Snow
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Nice and wooded. Quiet despite hiking parking lot full (parked at upper lot at Park Ranger station).

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Javi Lopez
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easy hike but beautiful

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Christopher Ortiz
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Charles Behnken
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1. Head out the trail at the end of the lot and across Crabbing Bridge. This may be blazed Blue on the map, but I saw no blazes. This may also be referred to as Perrine Rd. Follow the trail through the pines along Cheesequake creek until you come to the Blue trail intersection. 2. Take the Blue trail to the right. Follow it when it turns off the gravel road to the right and into the old pines (near a dilapidated bird blind) along Perrine pond. 3. Follow it around the pond until it comes out the other side at another gravel road. 4. Take a short detour to the right to the washout. The trail used to go completely around the pond until it was washed out here. 5. Return back to the Blue trail and follow it to a T intersection – the Blue goes to the right on the road, but turn left and head back to where the Blue trail crossed the road and we turned to the pond. 6. Turn right on the Blue trail and into the woods. Follow Blue for a good while until it intersects with the Red and Green. 7. Take the Red and Green to the right. 8. The Red and Green meet the Blue at Perrine Rd. At this point leave the Red and Continue straight on the Green. 9. The Green will eventually cross Museum Rd (another Gravel Rd). Leave the Green and turn right on Museum Rd all the way to Steamboat Landing. 10. Optionally if you can find it there is an old Orange trail, now unblazed on the left after Museum Rd takes a right. Follow this trail to Dock Rd. A bit of a scramble getting down to the road as it is sunken. Take Dock Rd to Steamboat Landing. (NOTE there is a path over the ridge before Steamboat Landing, but we have yet to find the end and it is tough getting off the ridge.) 11. All that remains of the Steamboat landing is a bunch of pilings out in the creek. 12. Turn around and take Dock Rd back to Museum Rd (make the left where the bar is across the road) all the way back to where the Green crossed. 13. Get back on the Green to the right and follow it to the Group Camping area. The Group Camping area is a good lunch spot – in the sun and it has tables (Restrooms have never been open). 14. After get back on the Green which is in front of the rest rooms, or on the opposite side of the field. Take the Green to the road to the Nature Center, and turn left. 15. Walk through the Nature Center area with all of its birdhouses. Sometimes it is busy with birds. Once the Nature Center was open - worth a visit. 16. Walk down the stairs infront of the Nature Center to the right, and on the other side of the bridge turn left on the Yellow trail. 17. Take the Yellow trail along the edge of the marsh to a set of stairs near Hook Creek Lake. You can sut off a bit by walking along the dam to the parking lot, but turn right and walk around Hook Creek Lake (blazed White in spots). 18. Head through the picnic area to the gravel road, past the beach and the pavilion to the lot.

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Walter Simon
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Michael Thomas
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Melody Cabanela
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Alison Ngo
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Easy, well marked but not too impressive as far as scenery.

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Paul Wenzelburger
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One of my favorite parks but getting more and more crowded each week. Earlier the better for parking and avoiding the crowds.

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Marzena Kononiuk
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John Luard
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Sierra Baker
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Very muddy in some parts, lots of ups and down, steep in some parts; wear good shoes and dress warm this time of year. Nice boardwalk - bathrooms right near trailhead and parking lot.

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