Allaire State Park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century ironmaking town, Allaire Village, and its antique steam trains on the Pine Creek Railroad. The area has something for everyone! There are miles and miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and some amazing mountain biking. When you get misguided, to the south is Hospital Rd, north is Atlantic Ave, east is the Manasquan River and west is County Rd 549. There are four main color coded mountain bike trails at Allaire State Park. These are maintained by the Allaire Trail Users Group (ATUG), an Alliance of trail users. The trails are a mix of easy and challenging, fast and flowy. Beginners and the more seasoned riders will love this place. Design your own mountain bike ride and make it as easy or as challenging as you want.
The terrain varies from flat, wide hard-packed fire roads to tight, twisty singletrack. There is nothing too technical. A few logs across the trail, sandy spots (more hard-packed during the winter months), a few drops, switchbacks, undulating stretches, some steep climbs and descents, moss-lined bob sled runs and banked turns add challenge.
Family camping facilities are located in the northwestern portion of the park, approximately one mile west of the park office. There are 45 campsites, 6 shelters and 4 yurts and each site contains a picnic table and a fire ring while each yurt and shelter site have a barbecue grill. Modern sanitary facilities, showers and drinking water are within walking distance of all sites. There are no water, electric or sewer connections for recreational vehicles. Group sites are located in the southern portion of the park. There are 6 sites and each site can accommodate a group of up to 50 people.
Allaire State Park is located in Monmouth County on the New Jersey Coastal plain and has sandy soils. The forest is a mix of oak, cedar and pine, and is on the northern fringe of the pine barrens with iron tinged waterways. The Manasquan River, which winds through the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. The river’s floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife.