West Park Avenue, Ocean Township, Monmouth County

165 acres


From the Garden State Parkway heading south; get off at exit 105 that will take you right onto Route 36 heading east; at the Monmouth Mall (1.5 miles) turn right onto Route 35 (Neptune Boulevard).

State Hwy. 35 to West Park Ave. Southbound, use jug handle to turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow West Park Ave. to Park entrance on left.


Whale Pond Brook goes west to east through the park.


There are tennis courts, playground and other facilities to the northeast of the trail start.


A dirt road/path planted with sycamore trees heads straight north. Follow the trail blazes. The blaze is a white arrow on a red background on a cement post. The trail is a backward P shape. The trail north goes through fields on both sides of the path with a little patch of woods at the north end of the trail.


Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* = blooming on the day of the visit to the park, April 3, 2004


Acer rubrum (red maple) *

Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)

Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)

Pinus sp. (pine) lots of these tall trees with 2 needles about 4 inches long

Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore) a lot of it planted along the main trail

Prunus serotina (black cherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus rubra (red oak)

Quercus velutina (black oak)

Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust )

Sassafras albidum (sassafras)



Alnus sp. (alder)

Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)

Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)

Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)

Gaultheria procumbens (checkerberry)

Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)

Lonicera sp. (honeysuckle bush)

Opuntia humifusa (prickly pear cactus)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)



Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)

Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Smilax sp. (greenbrier)

Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)



Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium vineale (field garlic)

Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)

Fragaria virginiana (strawberry)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)

Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil)



Carex stricta (tussock sedge)



Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)