Cheesequake State Park: Cheesequake Cedar Swamp Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Opened in 1940, Cheesequake State Park is Middlesex County’s only state park. It lies between New Jersey’s northern and southern vegetation zones, making it a transitional area with unique plant and animal life over diverse terrain. While hiking the green-blazed Cedar Swamp Trail, the longest in the park, you’ll have closeup views of pine barrens similar to those in the southern part of the state; a freshwater swamp with outstanding specimens of Atlantic white cedar, sweetbay magnolia, and red maple; and a mature hardwood forest, where American beech, black birch, and white and red oak predominate.
More than 180 species of birds have been sighted in these woods, as well as many mammals, including red foxes, white-tailed deer, and chipmunks. There’s still a lot of speculation about how the park was named. Some believe its origin is from the Lenni-Lenape Indian word chichequaas, meaning “upland village.” But because Cheesequake lies on a fault where tectonic movement has been recorded as recently as 1979, others think it was named because the earth trembles like cheese! When you explore the quaking bogs in the marshes, you may agree with this explanation."