805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
732-842-4000 ext 4312 - General Information
732-842-4000 ext 4298 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map
Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year, 6 a.m. for Marlu Lake fishing access.
Closing time is 5:30 p.m. through January 13; 6 p.m. January 14-February 8; and 6:30 p.m. February 9-March 12.
Beginning on or around December 14, Old Orchard parking lot will be closed to the public for construction. Site improvements will address ADA accessibility compliance, safety issues, drainage repairs, and the general need for upgrading the lot and sidewalks. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to reopening the lot in spring 2016.
Thompson Park will be closed to all outdoor activities for deer hunting until 11 a.m. on:
- Thursday, December 3
- Monday, December 7
- Wednesday, December 9
- Friday, December 11
- Thursday, December 17
Thompson Park Visitor Center, former home of Geraldine Thompson (pictured below)
The Park System Headquarters are located in this 667 acre park, which was established in 1968 with a donation of 215 acres from the estate of Geraldine Livingston Thompson.
Mrs Thompson's beloved "Brookdale Farm" was a premier thoroughbred race horse breeding/training facility. Today, the park remembers Mrs.Thompson's belief that "children have to feel the ground beneath them and go out into the woods and see the trees and birds."
Built in 1896 as the Thompson family residence, this grand colonial revival mansion had been used as a Visitor Center and was destroyed by a fire on February 6, 2006. The Visitor Center has been rebuilt in the same style. The first floor is now open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Public restrooms are open 8 a.m. to dusk.
Thompson Park Headquarters Building
The park features several areas with names that remind visitors about its rich history. The Estate Grounds section includes the beginnings of a beautiful Memorial Tree Grove and the site of the former Geraldine and Lewis Thompson mansion. The Old Orchard area provides easy access to the 14 miles of trails within the park and is reminiscent of the former Thompson family apple orchard. The Filly Run area is home to the park's playground and also provides access to the park trails, specifically the 4.9 mile paved trail loop. The Three Barn section is named for the two large horse barns (now Theatre Barn and Activity Barn) and a cow barn (now the Creative Arts Center). The Three Barn area is also where the extremely popular off-leash dog area is located.
Thompson Park has opportunities for varied recreational interests including 14 miles of multiple-use trails (4.9 miles paved), a playground, tennis courts, a fishing lake for canoes/kayaks and electric-powered boats, a seasonal group picnic facility, Creative Arts Center, and off-leash dog area. The athletic fields are available for rental for soccer and rugby games only. Those interested in renting these or other fields for games, click here to learn more.
Reservable Group Picnic Area
Thompson Park features a reservable group picnic area and is a great spot to host a family reunion, an office get-together or a bunch of friends.
Old farm roads and a former horse exercise track are popular routes for walkers and runners. There is also a 4.9 mile paved trail.
Park Map with Trails (pdf)
Cross-Country Ski Trail Map
- Garden State Parkway to exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 West (Newman Springs Rd.); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 West 2.2 miles to Park (past M.T. Thompson park and Brookdale College entrance ) on left.
- State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 520 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 520 east to Park entrance.
Directions to the Longbridge Annex
Thompson Park Training Center, 53 Longbridge Road, Holmdel
- Garden State Parkway to exit 109. (Southbound, turn right onto Route 520 W or Newman Springs Road) (Northbound, turn left onto Route 520 W). Travel to Longbridge Rd (pass Brookdale Community College & Thompson Park main entrance). Turn left on Longbridge and go 1 mile to Longbridge Annex, turn left. The Training Center is at the end of the road.
- State Highway 34 to Route 520 E. (Southbound, turn left) (Northbound, turn right) Follow Route 520 E to Longbridge Road and turn right. Continue to Thompson Annex. The Training Center is at the end of the road.