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Allaire State Park

Location:
Monmouth County

Mailing Address:
4265 Atlantic Ave.
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 938-2371

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 09’ 43.60” N 74° 07' 53.62" W

Size: 3,205 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are only charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
Non-Resident
 
N/A
N/A
weekdays
$ 5.00
$ 7.00
weekends/holidays
N/A
N/A
walk-in/bicycle
Link to the Related Fees page 

Directions:
Allaire State Park can be reached from exit 98 off the Garden State Parkway or exit 31B off Interstate 195.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Biking
 

 

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.

Nature Interpretive Center
Picnicking
Fishing
Canoeing
Hunting
Trails
Camping
Bike Trails
Horse Trails
Food Concession
Playground
Bird Watching
Cross Country Skiing
Keep Your Park Clean

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.

Park Hours

Open daily 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Allaire State Park Map

Historic Allaire Village

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.

Pine Creek Railroad

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.

Visitor 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.

Nature Interpretive Center

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.

Trails

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)

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Camping

The Department of Environmental Protection, State Park Service is pleased to announce through ReserveAmerica our new reservation system for all overnight facilities within the New Jersey State Parks and Forests. Reservations are now available online or through the ReserveAmerica call center.

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. 

We anticipate our visitors will be pleased with our new streamlined reservation system as it provides greater flexibility in searching and reserving available overnight facilities. 

For information on a campsite booking visit our:
reservations page

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
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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. 

Fishing

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.

Homeowners Firewood Program

The Homeowners Firewood Program has been expanded to include park areas that sustained tree damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Fallen trees will be marked and made available to individuals as part of this program. Anyone interested in obtaining firewood must complete the below application form and pay the applicable $25 per cord fee.This program will be available until the supply is exhausted. Please contact the park office to reserve a cutting period and for additional information.

Homeowners Firewood Program Application form*

*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat

Picnicking

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.

Canoeing

The Manasquan River flows eastward through the park offering scenic and tranquil setting for canoeists. Canoe rentals are available nearby.

Hunting

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.

Related Links

Allaire Village Inc.

NJ Museum of Transportation

Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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