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Tatum Park Trails

Shore Region, New Jersey

Romantic, Family-Friendly
Directions & description

Location: Near Middletown, NJ in Monmouth County

Length/Configuration: 4+ miles of multi-use trails using several connecting loops.

Terrain/Surface: Dirt doubletrack on diverse terrain. Some obstructions such as rocks, roots and logs. Occasional sandy sections.

Technical Difficulty: Easy / Moderate.

Elevation Change: Rolling hills. Relatively flat with slight uphill grade.

Trail-Use: mountain biking hiking, horseback riding. Dogs permitted on leash.

Caution: Multi-use trails. Take proper precautions against deer ticks. Bow hunting permitted in season.

 

 

 

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Tatum Park Trail Map

Note: The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features. Read Full Disclaimer.

Directions:

Southbound on Garden State Parkway: Exit 114, turn left onto Red Hill Rd.

Northbound on Garden State Parkway: Exit 114, turn right onto Red Hill Rd.
Follow Red Hill Rd. to Van Schoick Rd., turn left. Follow Van Schoick Rd. to Holland Rd., turn right. Follow to Park on right.

 

Tatum Park Overview

Tatum Park, located in Middletown, New Jersey within the hilly Atlantic Highlands of Monmouth County, features 368 acres of woods and open fields. The 4 miles of secluded double track, multi-use trails wind through rolling hills and forests of red and chestnut oaks and impressive groves of tulip trees. Late Spring is one of the best times for a romantic mountain bike ride with your significant other as just about everything is in bloom.

Adjacent to Tatum Park (near the Red Hill Activity Center) is the Deep Cut Gardens Arboretum. It is off limits to bikes but after your ride, take the time to walk through. The 54 acres of gardens and greenhouses, dedicated to the home gardener were planned as a living catalog of cultivated and native plant materials to be observed through the seasons.

The park is noted for it's large meadows which provide perfect field-type wildlife habitat. Keep your eye out for deer, rabbits and raptors.

Park Facilities: include The Holland and Red Hill Activity Centers where you can find restrooms, playgrounds and picnic areas for a relaxing place to lunch after your ride.

 

Tatu Park Mountain Bike Trails

The Tatum Park Mountain Biking Trails are not as technical as the Hartshorne or Huber Woods Trails. There are few logs, roots and rocks. While there are not too many steep climbs, the trails are sandy. It's a decent ride if you live nearby and are looking for some variety and a pleasant ride. An advanced beginner in good shape will find mountain biking these trails fun and challenging.

The trails wind through beautiful fields and forested hills on mostly doubletrack trails. Cyclists and equestrians are restricted to the west side of the service road. The Old farm roads at the southwest end of the park are great for mountain bikes. Enter from Red Hill Road or Holland Road.

The Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race, is usually held every August in Tatum Park. (see our Events Calendar for race details). It is the perfect venue for beginners (7.5 miles) who want to experience the thrill of competitve mountain bike racing through the open fields and woodlands of Tatum Park. More experienced riders will enjoy an 11.25 mile MTB challenge.

 

Mountain bikes are permitted on the following multi-use trails at Tatum Park:

The trailheads are marked with wood signposts. The signs at the trail intersections are not all marked with trail names.


Tatum Ramble Trail: (moderate)

Trailhead can be accessed from the the Holland Road parking lot. A 1.4 mile loop trail that explores both fields and forest featuring towering stands of Tulip Poplar and the spectacular beech and oak forests of Tatum County Park. There are stream crossing via bridges.

Meadow Run Trail: (moderate) The traihead can be accessed on the right about 0.2 miles from the T intersection on Tatum RambleTrail. This 2.3 mile loop trail is the park's longest and is as dynamic as the beautiful old fields it travels along, changing with the seasons and the years.

 

Tatum Park Hiking Trails: (restricted use for hiking only)

Holly Grove Trail: Easy 0.6 mile loop trail through a grove of Holly trees.

Dogwood Hollow Trail: Moderate 0.9 mile loop trail winds along streams and through forest

Indian Springs Trail: Moderate 1.2 mile trail. A country stroll besides Red Hill Road with a jaunt into the Tatum Park woods.

 

 

For more information:

Tatum Park:
251 Red Hill Road
144 Holland Road
Middletown, New jersey

Phone: (732) 671.0650 or 1987
(TDD): (732) 219-9484 (The Monmouth County Park System) or 711 (AT&T National Relay)
Website: Monmouth County Park System

 

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