Cheesequake State Park

In the pet-friendly Cheesequake State Park, located in Matawan, NJ, you and Fido will discover open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, pine barrens and a northeastern hardwood forest. There's also a beach, but dogs are not permitted on it. Please ensure your pup is leashed at all times. Visit Website

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Cheesequake State Park has received a rating of 3.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 127 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Adriana
    May 22, 2022
    Off leash dogs not allowed

    I arrived at this dog park with my pup and friends who also brought theirs yestersay . There were 3 pups with us and when we arrived we took them off the leash to let them run around and play. We were immediately asked to leave, not even a warning...

  • Janet
    Jun 18, 2021
    Great spot for pets and families!

    This is a state park so be expected to pay during the regular seasonal hours. they charge by the car not the person. There are plenty of trails in several sections of the park. The trails are anywhere from 30 minutes up to two hours. Most trails are very shaded and in the woods. The trails are marked by colors. This park also offers fishing, crabbing and many fields for playing, kite flying , fetch and more. There is also a beach/lake area. The dogs are not allowed on the beach area however, one of the trails walks around the lake and there are several openings where your dog may choose to get wet. I am not 100% sure if the dogs are allowed to swim freely in the middle of the lake, but our dogs have gone up to their necks with no problem or complaint. The park is mainly for hiking. If interested, there are also several campgrounds for rent throughout the season.

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