Hike Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold (note exact parking lot)

Approximate Maintenance Parking Lot Trail Head address:

143 Nomoco Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

Approximate parking lot coordinates:

[masked], [masked]

Here are a couple pics showing the proper trailhead for us to meet at.


Turkey Swamp Park is a 1,180-acre (4.78 km²) park located in Freehold Township, New Jersey on the northern fringe of the Pine Barrens. The Turkey Swamp area includes the headwaters of the extensive Manasquan, Metedeconk, and Toms River systems.[1][2] The chief recreational attraction of this park is the 17-acre (69,000 m2) lake suitable for bass, bluegill and catfish fishing, as well as canoeing and paddle boating.

We will hike about 5 miles and it should take 2-1/2 hrs, give or take.  Some sections of trail can be very muddy from people riding horses in the wet areas, so wear shoes you don't care about.

Bring drinks, sunblock, insect repellent, etc. 

Hike is weather dependent, so if weather is iffy that morning check this event page for possible cancellation.

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  • Nadine

    Next time the meetup should coordinate hiking near a diner and include both. Burn calories THEN eat. Great hiking group and great exercise!

    2 · June 28

    • Agent 4.

      as in amen to hiking and eating. build up that appetite

      June 28

    • Prince

      We 9 people had a good time at the diner -good food, and good conversations. It would have been nicer if more people would've joined us. Next time :)

      1 · June 28

  • Prince

    Thanks James for a wonderful meetup. Great bunch of people and enjoyed making new friends. Can't wait to hangout you all soon again :)

    1 · June 28

  • Viviana

    Sorry I didn't make it out to this meetup, but it sounds like you guys had a great time. Looking forward to the next one!

    June 28

  • Agent 4.

    awesome hike. but pro tip: say the name of the place we are going afterward. otherwise confusion

    June 28

    • Charles W.

      problem is, nobody knew the name of the place, and only one person knew where it was, and the lead car left everyone in the dust. eh, live and learn. it all worked out, a bunch of us found a nice diner, the Park 9 diner.

      3 · June 28

    • Agent 4.

      yep so next time, everyone confirm where it is. then there's no issue and we can all chill

      June 28

  • Heather

    Great meetup! I loved meeting everyone and the hike was the perfect length and difficulty for the beginning of summer. The diner snafu actually ended up being a lucky accident (NOT James' fault) and we found a great pizza place instead. Sometimes the best things to happen are the parts we don't plan. No complaints! :)

    4 · June 28

  • Liz

    Had a great time meeting all of you and hiking in the woods. Looking forward to another meetup.

    3 · June 28

  • James

    We are at Mona Lisa pizza

    June 28

  • Allison

    Park 9 is at 3320 us 9, freehold twp. 6 of us are here.

    June 28

  • Allison

    We're at park 9 diner. ...

    June 28

  • Rich

    Where is the Diner??

    June 28

  • Charles W.

    Which diner?

    June 28

  • Heather

    Still waiting on the diner. Anyone? A group of us are lost.

    June 28

  • Allison

    I'm happy to drive from the Cranbury/Plainsboro/South Brunswick area. Saving gas!

    June 25

    • Kristin

      I live in Franklin park. Is that too far from you?

      June 27

    • Allison

      Going to pick you up would be 15 minutes in the wrong direction... maybe you could come meet me and I'll drive the rest of the way? Looks like you're only about 15 mins away from me. I am very close to the Plainsboro Preserve. Let me know if you're interested and I'll message details. :)

      June 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone from piscataway, edison area willing to carpool?

    June 27

    • Prince C.

      Sikai, I'm driving from Carteret, Woodbridge area and will be taking Route 9 where it divides away from US 1-9. If you are somewhere around there we can go together.

      June 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Prince! But I'm not close to route 9. Maybe I will just drive by myself.

      June 27

  • YF

    If anyone interested, I am thinking of going for a bike ride at the Manasquan Reservoir after the hike, eat, drink... http://www.monmouthcountyparks....­

    June 27

    • Abhi

      great idea... i might join if i am able to pick up my bike..

      June 27

  • Prince

    I'll be driving from North/South Brunswick area, so if anyone wants to carpool with me please let me know.

    June 23

    • Pieter H

      Awesome. Thanks Prince. Let me know where you want to meet up.

      June 26

    • Prince

      Raul/Mukund/Pieter, please meet me at the Regal Cinemas parking lot at 9:45 a.m. sharp. The address is - 2399 U.S. 1
      North Brunswick, NJ 08902...Text/Call me at[masked] if you can't find me.

      June 27

  • Viviana

    Ohhhh sounds like fun! Are there steep hills, etc or is it mainly flat?

    June 26

    • James

      It's flat

      1 · June 26

    • Viviana

      Great! Looking forward to it

      June 26

  • Mukund

    Hi Prince
    Would like to join you, if that is ok?
    Best

    June 23

    • Prince

      No problem Mukund, you can come down to North Brunswick and join us :)

      June 24

  • Prince C.

    Hi guys, I'm coming from Carteret, NJ and will be taking Route 9 all the way. I can carpool with you from Carteret, Rahway, Avenel, Woodbridge etc.

    June 23

  • Raúl Esperón G.

    Anyone going from somerset?
    Can we organize some carpool?

    June 22

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