Though close to the Garden State Parkway and the metropolis, the terrain here in Cheesequake State Park is pleasantly diverse and rather remote. Journey past historic clay pits along with an array of ecosystems: saltwater marshes, freshwater swamps, white cedar swamps, hardwood forests, and pine barrens. A bit hilly, the loop hike is made up of trails, stairs, boardwalks, and park roads. Be aware that the park has a limited capacity and closes when full.
This hike through Cheesequake State Park highlights how
different centuries see value in different things. For us, the
area is a beautiful, amazing transition zone: from the hilly,
forested Piedmont to the sandy pine barrens of the Coastal
Plain—also from the saltwater bay and marshes to the freshwater swamps and creeks. But Colonial craftsmen saw
something else—rich yellow clay in the riverbanks that’s
abundant and superior for stoneware pottery.
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