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 196-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:

Starry Night Hike at Freneau Woods Park    
Saturday, August 25 from 8-9 p.m.    
Join our Park System Naturalists for a chance to experience the park after dark – a 158-acre park that is the headwaters of Matawan Creek and Lake Lefferts. Hike the forests, meadows and trails, look for constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star! We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no’s probably just a howling coyote, hooting owl, or another nocturnal critter. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. We will meet in the parking lot located near the Visitor Center, also known as the old monastery. 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.