Hiking the Yellow Trail at Cheesequake State Park
Cheesequake State Park is a 1,569 acres state park located in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. There are five designated trails in the park. The Red, Yellow, Green and Blue trails are for hiking and walking use only. The White Trail is multi-use trail and is open for hiking and mountain biking.
The Yellow trail is the shortest of the trails at about 1.5 miles. It’s a pleasant hike though forest and swamp land. The trail is rated easy but there is one very long set of stairs by Hooks Creek Lake, about midway though the trail. The park also offers an interesting interpretive center, playing fields, picnic areas, fishing, crabbing, and 53 tent and trailer sites.
All in all, while the trail is short, it offers enough variety to keep even a veteran hiking interested. And if you want to go hiking with kids or want to introduce hiking to kids, the Yellow trail at Cheesequake State Park is the place to be.
Cheesequake State Park is a state park and charges a day use fee from Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day, there is no fee and that is probably the better time to go hiking in terms of the weather.
Direction (as given by NJ parks and forests):
From the GSP: Take exit 120 and make a right at the end of the exit ramp and follow to the first light. Make a right. At the next light make a right and follow road into the Park.
From Route 34 South: Make a left turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately south of the Marketplace Shopping Plaza. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park.
From Route 34 North: Make a right turn onto Disbrow Road which is the light immediately north of the Berg Animal Hospital. Make a right at the end of Disbrow Road. Make a left at the first light and follow into the Park.