Hiking Cheesequake State Park
A few weeks ago, I decided to take a trip to Cheesequake State Park. I’ve seen Cheesequake Park from the Garden State Parkway, and it even has it’s own Parkway exit. A dirt road runs underneath the Garden State Parkway to connect the northern and southern sides of Cheesequake Park.
Despite being that close to the Parkway, you don’t hear the cars rolling by. Cheesequake State Park has always been on my “to-do list,” but the timing or weather neer worked out. Cheesequake State Park is located in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
After doing research, I learned the name Cheesequake comes from the following Native American Lenape words:
Cheseh-oh-ke, which means “upland.”
Chiskhakink, which means the “at the land that has been cleared.”
Here are a Few Things Cheesequake Park Has:
- Camping, Tent and Trailer Sites with flushable toilets and shower facilities (facilities within walking distance of campsites)
- Picnic Areas with Fire Rings
- Swimming with Lifeguards
- Fishing for trout, largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish
- Interpretive Center with History of the Park and Colonization History
- Roughly 8 miles of easy to navigate hiking
Part of the trails were almost flooded over. I was wearing my Hoka Speedgoat Midi Boot which prevented any water in my shoes.
Cheesequake State Park offers some beautiful views. There are no mountains to climb, but you do get some glimpses of the North Jersey shore.
This might be the most unique thing I’ve noticed on a hike. I looked down to see a “swarm of caterpillars” all climbing over them. I’ve never seen anything like it. After talking with someone in the nature center, she mentioned the caterpillers do this for safety with numbers. It’s known as “as a rolling swarm of caterpillars.”
The caterpillers were harmless but a group of caterpillers bunched together is not something you see every day.
In all, I had a fun couple of hours at Cheesequake State Park. If you’re looking for an easy to navigate state park with trailer sites, fire rings, and picnic tables, Cheesequake Park is a good stop.
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Questions for you:
Have you ever seen a swarm of caterpillars?
Where is somewhere you’ve wanted to hike around you?