Henry Hudson Trail, Hartshorne Woods Park and Hominy Hill Golf Course 

            FREEHOLD, NJ – Three Monmouth County parks have been voted as the best in New Jersey by readers of New Jersey Monthly magazine.

            The Henry Hudson Trail, stretching from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands, was voted the best biking trail. Hartshorne Woods Park was voted the best hiking trail. Hominy Hill Golf Course in Colts Neck, designed by Robert Trent Jones, was voted the best golf course.           

            “This vote confirms what we have always believed and what our own polling tells us – that Monmouth County parks are second to none,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “The Park System is always listed among the favorite things people love about Monmouth County. Now that the warmer weather is on its way, I would encourage people to venture outdoors and rediscover their parks.”


            The Henry Hudson Trail is 24 miles long. It features a northern portion from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands, but also includes a southern portion from Freehold to Marlboro and Aberdeen. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians enjoy this former railroad right of way dawn to dusk.


Hartshorne Woods Park, comprising 787 acres among the highest elevation along the Atlantic Coast, is a key part of local history as a former coastal defense site.

            Hominy Hill Golf Course, known locally as one of the tougher county courses, is regularly named as of the New Jersey’s top public golf courses. This well-maintained, par 72 course has hosted two USGA National Amateur Public Links Championships and numerous regional tournaments.

That’s not all. Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown was runner up for Best Public Garden/Arboretum. Dedicated to the home gardener, Deep Cut Gardens’ 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses are planned as a living catalog of cultivated and natural plants to be observed through the seasons. The newly renovated parterre features 52 varieties of roses with more than 180 bushes.

“Besides these favorites, the Park System also offers parks, forests, wetlands and marine habitats, historic sites recreation areas and conservation properties,” Burry said. “Our vision is to serve our residents with good quality park and recreation facilities that support a sustained commitment to keeping our landscape open and places for our waterways to recharge.

            “The fact that we enjoy these park resources and further our quality of life is a great way to share Monmouth County with residents and our visitors,” Burry added. “The Park System manages more than 15,000 acres of open space and is really worth exploring.”