628 Middletown-Lincroft Road, Lincroft , NJ 07738
Park Brochure & Map
Sunnyside Road trail access opens at 7 a.m., 365 days a year.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 15; 8:30 p.m. August 16-31; and 8 p.m. September 1-23.
The Sunnyside Recreation Area is the home of the Park System’s Equestrian Division. This division provides fundamental equestrian experiences for people of all abilities, with an emphasis on offering the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, helping them to develop to their full potential.
The equestrian program operates with the financial support of Special People United to Ride, SPUR, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the Park System’s therapeutic riding efforts.
The therapeutic horseback riding program also benefits from the assistance of dedicated volunteers. Each year, over 100 volunteers assist with lessons and care of the horses. These volunteers, who are at least 14 years of age, have completed a volunteer training workshop. For more information about volunteering, please call 732-224-1367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunnyside Equestrian Center became a reality after years of dreaming, planning, and vigorous fund-raising. This facility features an 18-stall stable, an outdoor instructional ring, and an 80’ x 200’ indoor instructional arena that enables the Park System to offer year-round lessons. Currently, the center houses 16 horses. These equine heroes are carefully chosen and specially trained for the therapeutic horseback riding program. Many of the horses have been donated. For more information about donating a horse, please call 732-224-1367.
The history of Sunnyside dates back to the late 1700s when the Sylvanus Grover, great-grandson of an original Monmouth County patentee acquired two separate tracts of land on either side of what is now Middletown-Lincroft Road. The 18th century home that Grover originally constructed has evolved over time into the house that currently exists on the property. By the late 19th century, the property had changed owners several times and eventually became known as “Sunnyside Farm.’
In 1933, Harry and Katherine Neuberger purchased the 121-acre property and began transforming it from a working farm to a country estate. The Neubergers made a number of improvements to the property, including transforming the style of the main house to colonial revival through alternations and additions.
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders preserved the Neuberger property as county open space in 1990. The Equestrian Center is the first significant improvement to the recreation area.
A portion of this 135-acre site is preserved as open space in the form of a vegetation management project. This project is being coordinated with the United States Department of Agriculture/National Resource Conservation Service and Monmouth County Agricultural Extension Office.
Sunnyside Recreation Area features a short paved trail and a short unpaved trail (1.4 miles or trail.) Parking lot for trail is on Sunnyside Road.
Park Map & Trails (pdf)
- Garden State Parkway to Exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 west (Newman Springs Road); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 west. Continue to Middletown-Lincroft Road. Turn right and continue 2 miles to entrance on right.