Monday, April 11, 2016

Spend a Night Under the Stars

There's something about being among nature, cooking dinner over a campfire, and sleeping under the stars that brings family and friends together. Did you know you can escape your hectic routine and enjoy the togetherness and serenity of camping right here in Monmouth County? Turkey Swamp Park, located on Georgia Road in Freehold, offers a picturesque location with a long list of amenities that will give you and your family a perfect staycation.

Arriving at Turkey Swamp Park, the surroundings will captivate. This 2,261-acre park is surrounded by primitive wilderness; much of the park is forested by pitch pine and oak tress with an understory of bracken fern, pepper bush, blueberry, and catbriar. Many of the animals and plants associated with the New Jersey Pine Barrens can be found in the park. You can discover the nature of the park with a walk, run or bike ride on one of over nine miles of trails.

Toward the center of the park you will find a gorgeous 17-acre lake. Perfect for fishing and boating, this is one of the most popular sections of the park. Dropping a line in the calm waters offers the chance to catch bass, catfish and bluegills. (Bait can be purchased from the Campground Office from April-November.) Boat rentals are available from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekends from May 1 through June 19, and then daily until Labor Day, and again on weekends only from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Available boats include kayaks, rowboats, canoes and paddleboats. Boat rental prices are available here.

The campground area offers everything you need to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. The grounds feature wooded campsites, electrical service, water service (mid-April through mid-November), drinking water, modern restrooms with showers and laundry, dump station, fire rings, picnic tables, playgrounds, and vending machines. To make sure everyone's nights are peaceful, quiet hours have been set from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Don't have a tent? Well that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the fun! Turkey Swamp Park has three cabins available for rent, one of which is ADA accessible. Each cabin has two rooms and feature a double bed and two bunk beds as well as lights and electrical outlets. Outside each cabin is a water spigot and picnic area with fire pit.

Call today (732-462-7286) to reserve your campsite! For more information on camping in beautiful Turkey Swamp Park, click here.

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