Allaire State Park

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Allaire State Park

New Jersey

(732) 938-2371

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Overview

Allaire State Park offers an incredible range of outdoor activities and historical sites to see, appealing to outdoor enthusiasts and the curious traveler alike. The park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making town, Allaire Village, and its antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. The park is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, near the town of Farmingdale. The Manasquan River, which winds through the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. The river's floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers, trees, and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife. Hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders enjoy the many trails in the park. Deer hunters also enjoy the park in season. The park is a part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.

Exhibits on the nineteenth century bog iron industry, the Howell Works (the original name for Allaire Village), and its owner, James P. Allaire, provide an introduction to Allaire Village. Special programs are offered throughout the year. Pine Creek Railroad, established in 1953, is another historic site not to be missed. It is an example of rail travel at the height of the steam era in the United States. The live-steam and diesel, narrow-gauge trains are operated by the NJ Museum of Transportation.

Map of Allaire (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.165201, -74.144885

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Activities

  • Boating

    The Manasquan River flows eastward through the park offering scenic and tranquil setting for canoeists, as well as kayakers. Canoe rentals are available nearby.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bikers can use the multi-use trails throughout the park.

  • Camping

    There are many opportunities for camping, in a variety of settings. There are 45 tent and trailer campsites with fire rings and picnic tables, with flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. The campsites are open year-round. There are four accessible yurts, or circular tent buildings on a wooden platform, with wood floors, a deck, and plexiglas skylight. Each yurt has a wooden door, window screens, and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. There are also six accessible shelters, which are cabin-like structures with wood stoves for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Each shelter site includes a fire ring and picnic table. There are six group sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and composting toilets with a total capacity of 250 people.

  • Fishing

    Annual trout stocking of the Manasquan River ensures excellent opportunities for the fresh water anglers.

  • Hiking

    A network of trails winds through the park providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The yellow trail at .5 miles, the red trail at 1.5 miles and the green trail at 4.5 miles are easy hiking trails for pedestrians only.

  • Historic Sites

    Exhibits on the nineteenth century bog iron industry, the Howell Works (the original name for Allaire Village), and its owner, James P. Allaire, provide an introduction to Allaire Village. Special programs are offered throughout the year. Another point of interest is the Pine Creek Railroad, established in 1953. It is an example of rail travel at the height of the steam era in the United States. The live-steam and diesel, narrow-gauge trains are operated by the NJ Museum of Transportation.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are trails open to horseback riding, including the orange trail, which is a 16.5 miles long multi-use trail of moderate intensity.

  • Hunting

    A portion of Allaire State Park is available for deer hunting.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities are provided for family outings in attractive wooded settings adjacent to the village. Playground equipment for children is located nearby. Charcoal grills, tables, and sanitary facilities are provided.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter cross-country skiing is a popular activity.

Park Partners

New Jersey Museum of Transportation

Founded in 1952, the New Jersey Museum of Transportation, Inc. Pine Creek Railroad is one of the oldest continually operating narrow gauge steam preservation railway exhibits in the country. A 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, NJMT & PCRR are supported exclusively by train fares, souvenir sales and contributions. Volunteers who donate more than 14,000 hours annually staff the organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

(732) 938-5524

Directions

Driving

Allaire State Park can be reached from exit 98 off the Garden State Parkway or exit 31B off Interstate 195.

From the Garden State Parkway get off at Exit 98. Follow signs for Interstate 195 West (toward Trenton) and Route 34 North. Merge onto Interstate 195 West. Travel on Interstate 195 West for 2.4 miles and get off at Exit 31B (Farmingdale - Allaire State Park exit.). Upon exiting you will be on County Route 547 North. At the first traffic light, 0.3 miles after exiting Interstate 195, turn right onto County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. Kelle Chevrolet will be on the right at the corner. Proceed on County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. for 0.7 miles and the entrance to Allaire State Park, The Historic Village at Allaire and Pine Creek Railroad will be on the right.

From the Garden State Parkway get off at exit 98 and follow signs for Route 138 and Interstate 195 West (Trenton and points west). Merge onto Route 138 West, heading toward Route 34, Point Pleasant, Interstate 195 West and Trenton. Route 138 West becomes Interstate 195 West. Travel on Interstate 195 West for 2.4 miles and get off at Exit 31B (Farmingdale - Allaire State Park exit.). Upon exiting you will be on County Route 547 North. At the first traffic light, 0.3 miles after exiting Interstate 195, turn right onto County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. Kelle Chevrolet will be on the right at the corner. Proceed on County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. for 0.7 miles and the entrance to Allaire State Park, The Historic Village at Allaire and Pine Creek Railroad will be on the right.

From the New Jersey Turnpike take exit 7A and merge onto Interstate 195 East toward Belmar, Lakewood and Shore Points. Travel 26.1 miles and get off at Exit 31B Farmingdale - Allaire State Park exit.). Upon exiting you will be on County Route 547 North. At the first traffic light, 0.3 miles after exiting Interstate 195, turn right onto County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. A Chevrolet car dealership will be on the right at the corner of the traffic light. Proceed on County Route 524 / Allaire Rd. for 0.7 miles and the entrance to Allaire State Park, The Historic Village at Allaire and Pine Creek Railroad will be on the right.

Phone Numbers

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(732) 938-2371

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