Forests, fields, and Perrineville Lake along two easy trails.
Our two cents:
Nice to get a decent length hike in a relatively remote feeling area, but not something to drive real far for.
The fishing pond on Rocky Brook is more scenic since you can get to the edge of it (photo at top of this page). Perrineville Lake is seasonally visible. Trails skirt several fields which, while pretty, are not everyone’s idea of “hiking”.
6.5 miles, dirt, a few minor hills on Rocky Brook.
- Shorter: Just do Lakeside Loop (1.5) or Rocky Brook (4.8 RT) or do less of Rocky Brook
- Shorter: A separate 1-mile trail off of Baird Ave (did not do this)
- Longer: Out-and-back on Quail Trail adds 1-mile but the trail was hard to spot in the snow so we removed our attempts at following it from the GPS data
- Longer: Rocky Brook Trail has a link to Assunpink WMA
Update 1/2018 – Updated map link, minor description changes.
Paper map in the kiosk or print ahead.
None that we know of.
Parking: 40.222194, -74.445083
Small dirt lot. A parking area on N. Rochelle Ave at the end of Rocky Brook is not shown on the map: 40.223694, -74.472639.
Porta-john in the Agress Rd. lot; none in the N. Rochelle lot.
Trails in Monmouth County are marked by difficulty and not by color blazes, and all trails here are BLUE SQUARES. With just two trails it’s easy to follow.
The trails leave in different directions from this lot. We did the Lakeside Loop first and then Rocky Brook. I’ve split the directions up as many people will do one or the other and not both.
0.0 – The trail starts at the kiosk. Follow the trail along the field.
0.1 – Splits; turn LEFT. Keep following the direction of the arrow on the marker posts.
0.6 – The trail turns right and heads into the woods. Perrineville Lake comes into view but may be harder to see when leaves are on the trees. The trail is above the lake and does not get right to the water’s edge.
1.4 – Follow the arrows to turn right, away from the water, and back along fields to the parking lot.
0.0 – From the parking lot, facing the road, walk RIGHT through the fencing into the field toward a hike post. Walk along the field to a fenced area to cross Agress Road. The trail runs near a house for just a bit.
1.6 – After entering the woods again from a field, pass the faint Quail Trail on the right.
[Well… we think it’s the Quail Trail –
it was marked by orange thumbtacks we didn’t spot any markings this time so there is a good chance you’ll miss it. We didn’t hike it this time – last time we hiked it on the way back but the trail was not marked much and hard to follow in the snow so we bailed on it and removed the track from the GPS.]
1.8 – Pass a marker on the left for a side trail that leads to Assunpink WMA.
2.4 – Hike at the edge of a farm field before arriving at the parking area on N. Rochelle Road. Retrace the route back to the Agress lot.
Hiked: 1/14/18. Trailblog: “Frozen trails at Perrineville Lake Park“