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In this latest webisode of Hiking NJ, we travel to Imlaystown in Upper Freehold Township to visit beautiful Clayton Park. Clayton Park is part of the Monmouth County Park System.

It's a great park just about an hour from our home in Ocean County. It's just outside Cream Ridge on the Monmouth County side and it is a very scenic area and an enjoyable hike. The parking lot is not huge, but seemed to hold a good amount for a Saturday afternoon. There are no restrooms, however, a portable toilet is available at the entrance. Maps were available.

Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels

Clayton Park has several smaller trails which if you loop together can make for a nice hike.

There is a small "easy" trail (Glen Trail) also available.

Moderate Trails include Doctor's Creek Trail (1.6 miles), Old Forge Trail (1.5 miles) and Bridges Trail (1.8 miles).

I like the trails at Clayton because they are wide and clear. The trails can be muddy in sections and there are inclines, so you get a good cardio workout going up and down the trails.

One thing we encountered at Clayton Park that I haven't really seen a lot of during our hikes was bikers. There was a lot of trail biking so keep an eye out for bicyclists and give them the right of way - it makes it easier for everyone.

We did close to 4 miles when we were finished and we enjoyed this beautiful park.

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