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Feb 16, 2022

Winter Fun at Monmouth County Parks

Enjoy winter activities at Monmouth County Parks! Below are some updates to be aware of before planning your day out.

As of Wednesday, Feb. 16:

  • The Holmdel Park Sled Hill is open. Hours are 8 am to 7 pm or until conditions change.
  • The Thompson Park Ski Hut is currently closed.
  • Conditions are unsafe for ice skating and ice fishing at all park locations.

Please click here to check out Monmouth County Park’s website for updates, as the weather is constantly changing which may affect conditions.

Sledding

When there is snow on the ground and conditions are safe, Holmdel Park, on Longstreet Road, is the place to go for sledding. Call Holmdel Park at 732-946-9562 for current sledding conditions.

Ice Skating

When the conditions are right and the ice is at least five inches thick, start looking for the “Skating Today” signs at Holmdel, Shark River and Turkey Swamp Parks. It normally takes at a week to 10 days of subfreezing temperatures to produce safe skating conditions.

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Equipment Rentals

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Thompson Park Ski Hut, Lincroft
Dec. 15 through March 15
9 am to 5 pm, conditions permitting*
*Conditions change rapidly. Please check Monmouth County Parks website  for updated conditions and hours of operations prior to heading to the park.
Equipment must be returned by 5 pm.

Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment is available for rent at the Ski Hut, conditions permitting. Skis and/or snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hut now offers ski equipment for children for ages 2 and up. The Ski Hut is located adjacent to the Three Barns Parking Lot, near the off-leash dog area. Equipment rental procedures are as follows:

  • Upon arrival, check in with staff in the Ski Hut.
  • Once you receive your rental equipment, you may proceed to the Theater Barn to prepare for your adventure.
  • Capacity in the Ski Hut and Theater Barn is restricted. Face coverings are recommended inside buildings, and social distancing must be observed in all areas.

Daily Rental Pricing:

  • Ski Equipment: $20 per person; $15 per child 8 and under
    • Cross-country ski rentals include boots, skis and poles.
    • Children’s cross-country rentals (ages 8 and under) are skis only. Specialized boots are not used with their children’s skis.
    • Snowshoes: $15 per pair
  • Rentals are now accepting cash, check and credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Apple and Samsung Pay.

For more information regarding equipment rentals, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Cross-country ski trails are groomed at Thompson Park when there is enough snow and conditions are favorable (six inches or more of snow). Here’s the Cross Country Ski Trail Map for Thompson Park.

Marked, ungroomed trails are available for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at:

Ice Fishing

Drop a line at the Manasquan Reservoir, Thompson Park and Turkey Swamp Park. See a park ranger for the designated ice fishing area and times in each park. Those ice fishing should be prepared to cut their own hole.

Please note that the Park System’s Deer Management Program will be underway at several of these sites. For complete details on locations and dates, click here.