Clayton Park

161 Emley's Hill Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08526
 - Ranger Station  
Park Brochure & Map

Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year.
Closing time is 8 p.m. through April 12; 8:30 p.m. April 12-May 2; and 9 p.m. May 3-June 7.

You'll feel many miles away from civilization as this rustic 422-acre site in rural Upper Freehold is located amidst the rolling farmland of western Monmouth County. One of the most beautiful parks in the county system, the property is known for stately stands of red and white oak, beech, ash and birch trees.

Visitors who drive via Imlaystown Road will pass through quaint Imlaystown with its historic landmark, Saltar's Mill and picturesque Imlaystown Lake.


The forested, hilly trails of this park have become a popular destination for hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists. Enter from Emley's Hill Road (6 miles of trails).

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Park Map with Trails (pdf)


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  • Interstate 195 to exit 11 (Imlaystown/Cox's Corner). Eastbound, turn right and follow to end; westbound, turn left and follow to end. Turn left onto Rt. 526 and make immediate right onto Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. Follow to Emley's Hill Rd., turn left. Follow to Park on left.  
  • Rt. 537 west to Rt. 526 (becomes Red Valley Rd.) to Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. Turn left and follow Imlaystown-Davis Station Rd. to Emley's Hill Rd., turn left and follow to Park on left.