Manasquan Reservoir Trail

New Jersey

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Manasquan Reservoir Trail Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Monmouth
Length: 4.8 miles
Trail end points: Georgia Tavern Rd and Windler Rd
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8265941
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Manasquan Reservoir Trail Description

The Manasquan Reservoir Trail is located in the Howell Township and provides a great natural destination in the heart of the town. The trail forms a perimeter loop around the 770 acre reservoir offering great wildlife viewing of osprey, hawks, ducks, and nesting bald eagles and a wonderful view of the entire lake from the visitor’s center. Also, within the park is an environmental center where visitors can participate in interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, wildlife observation areas, and other wildlife educational activities. The Manasquan Reservoir serves as both a water source for the town and a natural setting for recreation. Boating and fishing are permitted with purchase of a daily or seasonal pass and fishing license. Equestrians, hikers, cyclist, and walkers are all permitted. Dependent on weather conditions; ice-skating, ice-boating and ice-fishing are permitted during the winter season.

Parking and Trail Access

From I-195, take exit 28B to Route 9, northbound. Right at first traffic signal onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Environmental Center entrance will be on the right before the reservoir causeway.



Manasquan Reservoir Trail Reviews

This is a really nice short hike for new hikers and children. Try to catch sunset if you can. It’s incredible.

5 miles is a great distance and the trails are wide and well cared for. really enjoyed two loops of running and saw runners, people walking, dogs on leashes and one or two bikes.

This trail is only for hybrids


Nice views and changes in terrain. However, I think it's a more challenging trail than that of beginner's trail because of the areas that are more sandy in texture. I felt like I was gonna wipe out on some of those turns due to the path makeup. Also, like another member posted, best to go early or later as the path is quite populated during the day, mostly with dog walkers.

The Manasquan Reservoir is the most popular county park in Monmouth County. With fishing, sailing, and kayaking on the water, biking, walking, running, and horseback riding along the trail, there's something for everyone. For bikes, this actually creates a problem as sometimes the crowds make it tough to share the path. But early morning and later afternoon or early evening are excellent times to ride. The loop is just over 5 miles, with packed dirt to crushed stone for a surface. Can be muddy in the spring. Great for mountain bikes or hybrids, not too good for road bikes. If you want to go longer, just put in a few laps. It's a bit hilly, but not too much so for families. The scenery is great, with a chance to see a bald eagle. I ride there all year round except on snow or after heavy rain.

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