With over 9,000 dogs and 8,000 cats living in the area full-time, Freehold, New Jersey combines its' colonial history, a wide range of shopping options, and multiple family-friendly attractions with a true commitment to the lives of companion animals. In fact, the town's motto is "Western Monmouth's Family Town" - and what family outing would be complete without bringing Fido along?
Freehold offers several options for places to let your pooch off-leash. Thompson Park's fenced-in zones are designated for large and small dogs, and the park provides water and restrooms. The nearby Wolf Hill Recreation Area is a fantastic choice for families with different-sized dogs, as it offers both a small dog area and a mixed-size dog area, as well as doggie bags, sheltered picnic tables, and ample parking.
Notable trails in the area include the Edgar Felix Memorial Trail. At just over 5.5-miles, the paved path meanders through secluded woodlands and local parks. Beautiful scenery and moderate inclines make this trail worthwhile for any pooch-friendly excursion. Need something a little longer? The Barnegat Branch Trail is currently 10 miles long, with an addition 6 miles under construction.
Looking to mark the calendar for that special dog-friendly event? From the practical to the whimsical, Freehold has something for everybody. Low-cost vaccination clinics occur every winter, as does a Photos with Santa event at the local pet store!
Jackson Mills is a pleasant community that’s nestled between three beautiful parks. Manasquan River Linear Park has over 400 acres of protected woodland, hiking trails, and even a river that you can boat down with your favorite pooch. To the east is Michael J. Tighe Park, complete with open fields for running and a splash park for those hot days! Turkey Swamp Park is by far the biggest at over 2,000 acres, and features beautiful forested areas and the most scenic trails for miles. Complete with a lake, Turkey Swamp Park is a unique lush green space that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Coltsbrook is a humble area with an accepting atmosphere. At the center of the neighborhood lies the gorgeous Durand Conservation Area, full of wooded areas and native flora that bring a true meaning of nature to the place. Flowing rivers keep the plant life lush and ensures that your dog will have plenty of things to sniff. Should open fields be more to your liking, Sandy Brook Park offers a large grassy area for your pooch to run to his heart’s content. Just remember to keep your dog properly leashed! Your four legged friend will be sure to want to come again and again.
Park Avenue is a beautiful neighborhood with a rich environment and friendly atmosphere. Dotted with parks, this is the ideal place to be if you have a pooch that needs to stretch his legs. Near the southern end lies Manasquan River Linear Park that offers rivers and beautiful natural expanses. Also tucked inside the neighborhood are Wynnefield Park and Community Park. These are the perfect open grasslands for your dog to run and play, so long as you keep him leashed. At the northern end of Park Avenue is East Freehold Showgrounds, with paved walkways and a landscape dotted with trees. Your dog will never want to leave!
Stonehurst is a lovely community tucked in the heart of Freehold, NJ. While it’s not host to any giant, expansive park, Stonehurst does have a number of smaller parks that are catered to suit every dog’s needs. Named after the neighborhood itself, Stonehurst Park features lovely grassy fields to run through and enjoy. Woodcrest Park and Greentree Park both feature open running areas and the occasional tree for scenic landscaping. If fields aren’t your style, Woodgate Park is full of woodlands, and even has a trail for a leisurely stroll. You and your dog are sure to have a woof-derful time.