My daughter is only 20 months old, so finding park equipment that she can actually enjoy without us both struggling is a win-win! There were 2 different play areas both with swings, slides and small rock-climbing inclines; a bathroom (It was actually open at this time of year! No changing station, but wheelchair accessible. Thank you Ocean County Parks and Recreation!) and some short walking trails that wound around the creek! It was a great way to spend a few hours, break up the day, get some exercise, adventure a little and have some fun!
Located just off of Chelsea Avenue in Pine Beach, it’s tucked away and never seems over-crowded -just peaceful. The trails were shady and easy enough to push an umbrella stroller through. We found a floating dock just off the main path with electric and water access for watercraft and there were many little out-coves off of the trails that seemed perfect for fishing or watching the ducks.
What a cool little foot bridge we found too! There was even a pavilion, incognito, between the trails that seemed like a really neat place for a get-together.
Reserve a spot! Of course, each location has their own policy and rates, but most NJ parks will issue a reservation permit for groups larger than twenty-five, 10 days prior to your chosen date. This would be a great place to gather!
The scenery and the view into the Toms River was beautiful too!
We really enjoyed spending our afternoon at this hidden gem!