Allaire State Park
is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making
town, Allaire Village, and its antique steam trains on the
Pine Creek Railroad. The Manasquan River, which winds through
the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. The river’s
floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers,
trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy the many
trails in the park.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean
and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
|Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Allaire State Park recreational and historic facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office at (732) 938-2371 for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.
Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Allaire State Park Map
The historic village was known as the Howell
Works in the early 19th century. At that time it was a thriving
industrial community which produced pig and cast iron. The
buildings which remain today include a general store, blacksmith
shop, carpenter’s shop, manager’s house, foreman’s
house and a church. One of the workers' row house buildings
is now the Visitor Center and Museum.
Allaire Village Inc., a nonprofit corporation,
sponsors more than 40 programs and events annually, including
living history events, antique shows, arts and craft shows,
and flea markets. For more information, write or call Allaire
Village, Inc. at (732) 919-3500.
Established in 1953, the Pine Creek Railroad
is an example of rail travel at the height of the steam era
in the United States. The live-steam and diesel, narrow-gauge
trains are operated by the NJ Museum of Transportation. For
more information, call (732) 938-5524.
Center and Museum
Exhibits on the 19th-century bog iron industry,
the Howell Works (original name for Allaire Village), and
its owner, James P. Allaire provide an introduction to Allaire
Village. The Visitor Center is open seasonally and for special events, please call the Allaire State Park Office at 732-938-2371 for operating hours.
To help preserve the park's flora and fauna, large areas of Allaire State Park have been left in their natural state. The flood plain of the Manasquan River bisects the park and provides an excellent habitat for plant species not usually found in the Jersey shore region. Over 200 species of wild flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants have been identified within the park.
Located along the Atlantic flyway, Allaire provides a feeding and resting-place for migrating birds. A large variety of bird species may be observed throughout the year.
A network of trails winds through the park
providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback
riders. Several moderate hiking trails are in the main day use area of the park, accessible from the main parking area. The “South Side” area of the park is approximately 800 acres of varying terrain and has miles of unmarked trails as well as four primary marked multi-use trails. The South Side trails are accessible from a trail head at a large gravel parking lot located on Hospital Road.
Allaire trail Map (PDF 883kb)
Online reservations can be made 7 days per week/24 hours a day at ReserveAmerica. To make a reservation through the call center, please contact ReserveAmerica at 1-855-607-3075 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from April 1st through October 31st. Beginning November 1st through March 31st, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
on a campsite booking visit our:reservations
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.
Beginning January 1, 2014, a transaction fee of $5 will be charged for all walk-in overnight reservations.
Campsites: 45 tent and trailer
sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and
shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary
station open April 15 through October 31. Campsites open all
year. New Jersey Residents: $20 per night;
Non-Residents: $25 per night.
Yurts: Four yurts. Circular tents built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and plexiglas skylight. Each yurt has a wooden door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Accessible to persons with disabilities. New Jersey Residents:
$35 per night;
Non-Residents: $40 per night.
Shelters: Six shelters. Cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Each site includes a fire ring and picnic table. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Shelters open February 1st til Dec 31st. New Jersey Residents:
$48 per night;
Non-Residents: $60 per night.
Group campsites: Six group
sites with fire rings, picnic tables and composting toilets; total
capacity: 250. Open all year. New Jersey Residents: $3 per person, per night;
Non Residents: $5 per person, per night. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to over estimate as refunds cannot be made later.
Camping Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Camping Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
Annual trout stocking of the Manasquan River ensures excellent opportunities for the fresh water anglers. Fishing is subject to New Jersey's Fish and Wildlife Laws; prior knowledge of these laws will make your fishing experience at Allaire state Park more enjoyable.
Picnic facilities are provided for family outings in attractive wooded settings adjacent to the village. Playground equipment for children is located nearby. Charcoal grills, tables and sanitary facilities are provided.
The Manasquan River flows eastward through the park offering scenic and tranquil setting for canoeists. Canoe rentals are available nearby.
State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2014-2015
A portion of Allaire State Park is available for deer hunting only. For information about hunting, refer to the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or contact the park office.
• NJ Museum of Transportation