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19534SM 23 Mill Creek County Park 14 acres 111 Chelsea Avenue, Berkeley Township Mill Creek County Park is located in Berkeley Township between Pine Beach and Ocean Gate. Cedar chip trails, Mill Creek itself, and three playgrounds make this a scenic and inviting park. It’s the perfect spot for a family picnic under the pavilion or at one of several secluded picnic tables. Robert J. Miller Airpark 35 acres 901 Route 530, Berkeley Township Home of the renowned annual Ocean County Fair, the grounds are perfect for the many vendors, amusements, entertainers, 4-H Clubs and visitors that make the fair a local highlight. The park also has a playground, an off-leash dog park and picnic area and is the site of a local, independently managed airport. Florence T. Allen Conservation Area 45 acres 110 Chelsea Avenue, Berkeley Township This conservation area consists of cedar swamp and uplands bordering Mill Creek. These wetlands protect the creek as it flows into the Toms River. Patriots County Park & Sports Field Complex 219 acres 485 Bowman Road, Jackson Township Soccer and softball fields abound at this beautifully maintained sports facility, where you’ll also find shuffleboard, bocce and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, bike trails and a fitness trail, as well as crosscountry skiing in winter. Facilities also include a conservation area, picnic area, playground and restrooms. Eno’s Pond County Park 28 acres 330 East Lacey Road, Lacey Township Eno’s Pond and the surrounding area have a long and colorful history dating to the Colonial period. Its observation decks overlook the pond, used as a source of ice for the hotel that was once on the site, and are now a perfect vantage point for viewing some of the pond’s residents and visitors. The park is adjacent to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Lacey Extension. Metedeconk River Conservation Area 318 acres Lakewood & Brick Townships Although primarily a conservation site, this 318-acre area is excellent for canoeing during peak tides. Lake Shenandoah County Park & Sports Field Complex 143 acres 660 Ocean Avenue & 300 New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood Tall oaks and pines surround the focal point of this park, the gorgeous 100-acre Lake Shenandoah. Trout-stocked waters, accessible fishing piers and an on-site bait-and-tackle shop with boat rentals make this spot perfect for freshwater fishing from land or water. Eighty-four acres of open playing fields await visitors to Lake Shenandoah County Sports Field Complex. This park offers more than just field sports, however—there are also bike paths, picnic areas and a playground. Ocean County Park 323 acres 659 Ocean Avenue (Route 88), Lakewood This magnificent facility was originally part of financier John D. Rockefeller’s vacation estate. White pine, hemlock and other unique trees, now mature, were imported by Rockefeller from all over the country. Tennis courts, open play fields, beach volleyball and even a driving range—all free of charge—appeal to adults, and children will delight in using the playgrounds or swimming in the large, clean lake on hot summer days. Transformed into a lovely and silent winter wonderland after a snowfall, it’s a great site for cross-country skiing. There is no charge for casual use of the park, the off -leash dog park, the beach or its other many facilities. Ocean County Park has a large, accessible picnic facility. Reservations are available for a nominal fee for up to 600 persons. Call 732-506-9090 at least three weeks in advance for more information. Photo courtesy of Ocean County Parks & Recreation

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