Route 88 (Ocean Ave.), Lakewood, Ocean County, NJ
323 acres


From Garden State Parkway southbound, exit 91 (Route 549/Lanes Mill Road) south to Route 88, then west on Rt. 88 about 2 miles to park entrance on right. Northbound, exit 90 (Route 549/Chambers Bridge Road to jughandle for U-turn; north about 1/2 mile to Route 88, then west on Rt. 88 about 2 miles to park entrance on right.


Ocean County Park was originally part of Financier John D. Rockefeller's vacation estate.

1902  --  John D. Rockefeller begins to buy property in Lakewood when he buys the Ocean County Hunt and Country Club from George Jay Gould.  Rockefeller converted the property into his private estate where he played golf.   

1904  --  White pine, hemlock and other unique specimen trees, now mature, were imported by Rockefeller from all over the country.  The public was allowed to walk through the area. Rockefeller had a dairy herd and distributed free milk to his friends in Lakewood.

1925  -- a series of acts of vandalism leads to ending public access to the Rockefeller lands.  Instead Rockefeller erects a fence around the four mile estate perimeter. 

1937  -- Rockefeller spent his summers in Lakewood until his death in 1937 at the age of 98.

his 600 acre estate given to Ocean county. The mansion was demolished.

After the death of Rockefeller, his heirs gave the estate to Ocean County. 

(Source: Miller 2000:501-502)


Bike trail, cross-country skiing, driving range, fishing, fitness trail, handicap accessible, open playing fields, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, shuffleboard, softball, large swimming pool, tennis courts, and beach volleyball.

There is a large, accessible picnic facility. Reservations are available for a nominal fee for up to 700 persons.

Linda Kelly (from around Lake Fishigan)

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Ilex opaca (American holly)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Salix nigra (black willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepper bush) 8/10/02
Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus)
Eubotrys racemosa (fetterbush)
Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Gaylussacia frondosa (blue huckleberry)
Hudsonia ericoides (golden heather)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Kalmia angustifolia (sheep laurel)
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa palustris (swamp rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp dogbane)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster sp. (aster)
Bidens sp. (beggar ticks)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Brasenia schreberi (water shield)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) 8/10/02
Chenopodium ambrosioides (Mexican tea goosefoot)
Commelina communis (Asiatic day flower) 7/27/00
Conyza canadensis (horseweed) 8/10/02
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper)
Diodia teres (buttonweed) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Elatine minima (waterwort)?
Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus)
Euphorbia ipecacuanhae (Ipecac spurge)
Euphorbia maculata (spotted joe-pye-weed) 8/10/02
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Hieracium gronovii (hairy hawkweed)
Hypericum canadense (Canada St. Johnswort) 7/27/00
Hypericum mutilum (dwarf St. Johnswort) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Hypericum stragulum (St. Andrew's cross) 8/10/02
Hypochaeris radicata (cat's ear) 7/27/00
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 8/10/02
Jasione montana (sheep's bit) 8/10/02
Krigia virginica (one-flowered cynthia) 7/27/00
Linaria canadensis (blue toadflax) 8/10/02
Lindernia dubia (false pimpernel) 8/10/02
Lobelia nuttallii (Nuttall's lobelia)
Ludwigia palustris (water purslane)
Lycopus virginicus (Virginia horehound ) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Mollugo verticillata (carpetweed) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Nymphaea odorata (fragrant white water lily) 8/10/02
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)
Plantago aristata (bracted plantain)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Polygonella sp. (jointweed)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/10/02
Polygonum hydropiperoides (mild water pepper) 8/10/02
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed)
Polygonum pensylvanicum (Pennsylvania smartweed) 8/10/02
Polygonum persicaria (lady's thumb smartweed)
Polygonum punctatum (punctate smartweed) 8/10/02
Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Rhexia virginica (Virginia meadowbeauty) 8/10/02
Rumex acetosella (field sorrel)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad leaved dock)
Scutellaria lateriflora (maddog skullcap) 7/27/00 8/10/02
Triadenum virginicum (marsh St. Johnswort)
Trifolium arvense (rabbit foot clover)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/27/00
Trifolium repens (white clover) 7/27/00
Utricularia gibba (humped bladderwort) 8/10/02
Wolffia punctata (water meal)
Xyris sp. (yellow-eyed grass) 8/10/02

Juncus acuminatus (rush)
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex albolutescens (sacksedge)
Cyperus esculentus? (nut flatsedge)
Cyperus flavescens (flatsedge)
Cyperus retrorsus (pine barrens flatsedge)
Eleocharis acicularis (spikerush)
Eleocharis ovata (spikerush)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Agrostis hyemalis var. hyemalis (tickle grass)
Aristida oligantha? (three-awn grass)
Chasmanthium laxum (wild oats grass)
Digitaria sp. (crabgrass)
Echinochloa crusgalli (barnyard grass)
Eragrostis curvula (South African weeping love grass)
Eragrostis spectabilis (purple love grass)
Glyceria obtusa (coastal mannagrass)
Leersia oryzoides (rice cut grass)
Panicum scoparium (velvet panic grass)
Panicum verrucosum (warty panic grass)
Panicum virgatum (switch panic grass)
Vulpia octoflora (six-weeks fescue grass)