Hartshorne Woods Park
. The Park is split into three sections from west to east: The Buttermilk Valley Section, the Monmouth Hills Section and the Rocky Point Section.
The park is named after Richard Hartshorne, who acquired the land from the
Lenapefor thirteen shillings after sailing to the Highland in 1670. Rocky Point, the 224-acre easternmost section of the park, contained a World War Two era Coast Artillery site known as Battery Lewis. Later, the Highlands Air Force Station, a long-range air defense radar installation and the Highlands Army Air Defense Site(HAADS) were constructed here. The Air Force closed its installation in 1966. The Army continued to operated HAADS through 1974 to support Nike missile batteries throughout the region.the deffense base bunkers are dangerous so it would bea good idea to bring a flash light going through the bunkers
The Buttermilk Valley section of Hartshorne Woods Park can be accessed from a parking lot on Navesink Rd. This section of the park has several moderate and easy trails and two overlook spots: the Navesink overlook and the Claypit Creek Overlook. This section of the park has maps and information as well as facilities located near the parking lot.
The Monmouth Hills section of the park is accessible by trails from the other two sections of the park. The Grand Tour Trail (a challenging trail) and the
CuestaRidge Trail (a moderate trail) traverse this section. The Cuesta Ridge Trail goes along the northern section of the park and is the most direct connection from Buttermilk Valley to Rocky Point. This section of the park has facilities located along the southern loop of the Grand Tour Trail.
*Green Circles indicate: Easy Trails for walking.
*Blue Squares indicate: Moderate Trails for hikers, equestrians and all-terrain bicylces.
*Black Diamonds indicate: Challenging Trails for experienced hikers, equestrians and all-terrain bicylists.
*Kings Hollow Trail- easy loop (0.7 mile)
*Candlestick Trail- easy (1.5 miles) - Navesink Overlook
*Laurel Ridge Trail- moderate loop (2.5 miles)
*Cuesta Ridge Trail- moderate (1.6 miles)
*Grand Tour Trail- challenging (6 miles)
*Lewis Overlook- easy loop (0.2 mile) - There is a trail to the top of Battery Lewis with great views.
*Battery Loop- moderate loop (1.3 miles) - Paved surface
*Black Fish Cove- moderate (0.3 mile) - Steep trail to pier
*Command Loop- moderate (0.4 mile) - Paved surface
*Bunker Loop- moderate (0.3 mile)
*Rocky Point Trail- challenging (4.1 miles)
* [http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/parks/hartshorne.aspHartshorne Woods Park Website]
* [http://www.bikekinetix.com/t_nj/nj_county/hartshorne_cp.php Mountain Biking in Hartshorne Woods]
* [http://alpha.fdu.edu/~bender/NY55.html Highlands Army Air Defense Site]
*Monmouth County Parks System, "Hartshorne Woods Park" n.p., 2005.
*"Mountain Bike Trails in New Jersey: Shore Region: Hartshorne Woods Park". May 25, 2006. http://www.bikekinetix.com/t_nj/nj_county/hartshorne_cp.php
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