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Try camping close to home

Want to try out camping for a night or two with the family and the grandkids to see if it’s something you all enjoy? Then consider a visit to nearby Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold.

Whether you’re looking to spend time in nature, create family memories, or just enjoy an affordable getaway, the Monmouth County Park System’s family campground in Turkey Swamp Park is the place to go. Located at 200 Georgia Road in Freehold, the campground opens for the season on Friday, April 1, and features 64 wooded campsites (52 which can be reserved while 12 are available on a first come, first served basis). All campsites are pull-through and offer water and electric hookups.

The facility also features drinking water, a dump station, picnic tables, modern restrooms with hot showers and laundry, as well as fire rings for charcoal cooking and campfires.

Families are sure to appreciate quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Camp sites and cabins available

The rate is $42 per night for a tent or recreational vehicle/trailer site.The campground also offers three cabins. These cabins have two rooms and feature a double bed and two sets of bunk beds as well as lights and electrical outlets.

Outside each cabin is a water spigot and picnic area with fire pit. The cabins also offer air conditioning. One of the cabins is ADA accessible. The cost of each cabin is $79 per night or $380 per week.

Boat rentals available

A great place to reconnect with nature, Turkey Swamp Park features a lake where visitors can bring or rent canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats.

Rentals are available weekends starting Sunday, May 1 and daily starting Saturday, June 18.

Visitors with a New Jersey fishing license (under age 16 license not required) can try their luck with the bass, crappie, catfish and bluegills that call the lake home.

The park also offers picnic areas with charcoal grills, four playgrounds, over eight miles of multiuse trails, and plenty of open space.

Reservations are available for stays of at least two nights (Friday through Sunday) and are accepted through an online reservations system available on the Campgrounds page at or in person at the Campground Office located in the park’s Oak Point Shelter Building, or by calling 732-462-7286.

For more information about the Monmouth County Park System, please call 732-842-4000 or visit For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.
The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Commissioners, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.

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