|Holmdel Arboretum, Longstreet Farm|
Steeplechase Trail in the Ramanessin Section of Holmdel Park in late April 2011
|Location||Monmouth County in New Jersey|
|Area||565 acres (229 ha)|
|Operated by||Monmouth County Park System|
|Visitors||Almost 1 million|
|Status||Open all year|
|Website||Monmouth County Park System|
Holmdel Park is located in Holmdel Township, New Jersey and is part of the Monmouth County Park System. The initial park land was established in 1962, with an additional 227 acres (92 ha) section added in 2001. Holmdel Park is also the home of the Holmdel Arboretum; aka David C. Shaw Arboretum and the Longstreet Farm, a living history farm set in the 1890s. The park is a popular destination for local elementary school trips and cross-country runners.
Activities and facilities
The park's recreational offerings include fishing (with permit), individual & group picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds and 10 miles of hiking trails. Ice skating and sledding are permitted when conditions are deemed safe.
The park contains four distinct visitor areas, each with its own parking, three are accessed via the main park entrance while the forth is located at the activity center further north on Longstreet Road.
The Pond View area provides access to the arboretum, Longstreet Farm, Upper and Lower ponds and the shelter building, the shelter building also houses a seasonal concession. The Forest Ridge area provides access to group picnic areas, trails and activity fields, the Forest Ridge parking lot also acts as an overflow lot for the Pond View area. The Hill Top area as the name implies is located at the top of a fairly step hill, this area provides parking for the parks tennis courts as well as access to additional trails. The Activity Center provides indoor facilities for scheduled county sponsored activities.
The Longstreet Farm is a living history farm that recreates agricultural life of the 1890s. The interpreters dress in period costume and perform typical year round farming and domestic actives including seasonal planting and harvesting of crops and raising livestock. The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm was purchased by the Monmouth County Park System in 1967 to preserve the county's rural past. The farm opened to public in 1972.
Longstreet Farm is a fairly complete example of a typical nineteenth-century farm created by Dutch settlers in New Jersey. The farmstead consists of a 14 room Federal-style farmhouse, a Dutch barn, and a collection of nineteenth-century farm outbuildings.
Longstreet Farm is open daily year round, free of charge.
David C. Shaw Arboretum
The David C. Shaw Arboretum is a 20 acres (8.1 ha) horticultural display created by the Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission. The arboretum was created in 1963 and is named for a former superintendent. The arboretum initially started with 87 trees but now boasts nearly 3000 specimens.
The park hosts 11 trails of varying difficulty.
Foot traffic only trails:
- Paved Trail .5 mile paved loop
- Pond Walk .4 mile loop
- Beech Glen .5 mile
- Marsh Trail .8 mile
- Ridge Walk 1.2 mile loop
- Cross Country Trail 3.1 mile
- High Point Trail .6 mile loop
- Fitness trail .8 mile
- Ramanessin Trail 2.1 mile
- Steeplechase Trail 1.4 mile
- Homestead Trail .25 mile
- Fern Trail .25 mile
- Holmdel Park Brochure. Monmouth County Park System. 2010. p. 1.
- "Holmdel Park". Monmouth County Park System. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Holmdel Park Map". Monmouth County Park System. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- Christina Johnson. "Holmdel Park". HolmdelPatch Website. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Longstreet Farm - New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program". New Jersey Historic Trust Website. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Shade Tree Commission - Arboretum". Visit Monmouth Website. Retrieved 2011-04-13.