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Monmouth Battlefield
State Park

Location:
Monmouth County
16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726

Mailing Address:
347 Freehold-Englishtown Rd., Manalapan, NJ 07726
(732) 462-9616

GPS Coordinates
DMS 40° 15’ 22.13” N 74° 19' 14.59" W

Size: 2,979 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Located approximately 12 miles east of exit 8 of the NJ Turnpike on Business Route 33.

From the NJ Garden State Parkway, take exit 123 to Route 9 south for 15 miles to business Route 33 west. Park is located 1.5 miles on the right.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Interpretive center
  • Visitor center
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Hunting: special
    deer hunt only (by permit)
  • Winter sports:
    sledding, cross-country skiing

Trails:

  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
 

 

One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center.

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.

Park Hours

Open daily: 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monmouth Battlefield Brochure and Map


The new Visitor Center opened to the public on Friday, June 14, 2013.

View the Ribbion Cutting Ceremony (WMV file)

The Battle of Monmouth

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View the Battle of Monmouth: http://hwcdn.net/a5h8p3i4/cds/dep/monbattle_09.mp4

(You may need to install QuickTime)

The reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth is an annual event at the park in late June. Pass pacing sentries, see enlisted men clean their weapons or idle away their timegambling, and watch the women of the army cook, mend, and wash. You may encounter a drum major drilling his musicians or the courtmartial of a rebel. At the parade ground, watch soldiers drill or artillerists fire their cannon. Keep an eye on your children, or the recruiting sergeant may have them drilling with wooden muskets.

Reenactment Dates are June 21 and 22.

Registration Form for Re-enactor Units

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

Interpretive Programs

The park offers a variety of interpretive and educational programs. Join us for nature and history hikes, birding and lectures on the bloody details of the battle. Please contact the Visitor Center for a schedule of programs and to register. In case of inclement weather, contact the Visitor Center to determine if a program has been canceled or rescheduled at (732) 462-9616. Program fees may apply.

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.

Explore a Working Landscape

During the 1990s, public and private sources funded extensive Battlefield restoration. The Craig farmhouse and the exterior of the 1745 Rhea-Applegate dwelling were restored, and the core of the Battlefield was rehabilitated with the reconstruction of Revolutionary War fences, lanes and a woodlot.

The Battlefield landscape can be explored from parking areas at the Visitor Center and along Monmouth County Rte. 522. Hiking the Battlefield, you will discover that the battlefields remain a working landscape. While one family farm (the Wikoff family) grows corn and soybeans on 285 acres and along Wemrock Road, another (the Applegates) cultivates extensive apple, cherry, peach and nectarine orchards. Grasslands and fallow fields are managed to provide shelter for grassland birds and small mammals.

While strolling the grounds, visitors can learn more about the battle through wayside exhibits located on Perrine Hill, Combs Hill, and the Hedgerow. Or pick up one of two detailed hiking guides in the Visitor Center, produced by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield.

Battleview Orchards

Battleview Orchards, a local family who has been farming this area since 1908, (the Applegates) manage extensive pick-your-own orchards within the park. From the end of May until the end of October, they have a succession of harvests-strawberries begin at the end of May, pie cherries toward the end of June, and peaches and nectarines in mid to late July. Apples ripen about the beginning of September and pumpkins at the beginning of October. (Call (732) 462-0756 or (732) 462-0970 for picking hours and details.)

Craig House

Craig House will reopen on Sunday, April 6, 2014

During the battle, this farmhouse was the home of John and Ann Craig and their three children. The 1746 kitchen is Dutch-framed, while the two-story addition is English-framed. The barn dates from the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. The buildings are closed to the public.

Craig House is open Sundays 1-4

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

 

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