Freneau Woods Park

360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747    
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leffert view

Located along the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, this 158-acre park is comprised mostly of woodland and protects critical wildlife habitat and bolsters water quality in the region. Both historically and environmentally significant, the park provides open space in a densely populated area of the county.

No restrooms or other facilities are open at this time. The park is open for self-directed, passive recreation at the Greenwood Road access in Marlboro. Formal trails will be established throughout the park in the future. The former St. Basil Monastery property is closed except for scheduled Park System programs. The Monastery buildings will eventually host recreation, art and environmental education programs.


The park is named after a poet of the American Revolution, Philip Morin Freneau, whose family once partly owned the property. Known for his inspirational poetry and influential political articles in support of the American Revolution, Freneau played an important role shaping the country’s history.

Upcoming offerings at this park include:     

Roving Naturalist  
Saturday, February 10 at 9 a.m.       
Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk and discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE!       

Lantern-Lit Night Hike in Freneau Woods  
Saturday, February 24 from 7-8 p.m. - Meet near the old monastery in the parking lot. 
Discover the night world of Freneau Woods Park, a 158-acre woodland area that is the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts, a perfect place to view water and wildlife. It will be a special treat to view the woods and water in the darkness of night. Join a Park System Naturalist for a lantern-lit tour as we learn about the sights, sounds and smells around you, and things that go bump in the night! Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult.  FREE!  


Take Route 79 (also called Freneau Road) north or south to Wilson Avenue. Go west on Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left.

FROM ROUTE 34       
Take Route 34 north or south to Mill Road. Go west on Mill Road. Turn right onto Route 79 North (also called Freneau Road). Turn left onto Wilson Avenue. Turn right onto Monastary Lane. Continue to the end of the road. Parking area is on the left next to the Activity Center.  Parking area is on the left.