Allaire State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Jersey

Allaire State Park

in New Jersey features something for everyone: a network of trails for hikers, horseback riders and mountain biking, canoeing and fishing on the Manasquan River, over 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants for nature viewers and even a historic 19th century iron making town and antique steam trains for history buffs! When you visit Allaire State Park, your entire group is sure to find something to do. The park is most known for Allaire Village, the historic village, which has a Visitor Center, Museum and features over 80 programs and events each year. Read on to find out what else makes this State Park so unique!

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Weather
Spring 40s-70s F
Summer 60s-80s F
Fall 40s-70s F
Winter 20s-40s F
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Nearby Cities
Toms River, NJ
Farmingdale, NJ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Allaire State Park

You can opt for camping under the stars in a not so comfortable tent for your Allaire State Park camping trip, or you can go for a full glamping experience! In an RV, you can enjoy a private bathroom, kitchen for making family meals and snacks and a comfortable, cozy bed to climb into each night. If you’re going to opt for an RV for your trip, consider renting one from RVshare.com. It’s easy to find the perfect, completely custom RV that fits your budget and all your needs. The helpful support team can walk you through it, plus all rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

 

What could be even better than glamping in your RV right inside the State Park? There are camping sites and cabin-like shelters at Allaire State Park, open year-round. Located right nearby all the fun activities, the sites have fire rings and picnic table, plus a dump station, restrooms, showers and more. These popular campsites fill up quickly, but luckily there are several campgrounds in the area. Here are some worth checking out:

Surf and Stream Campground

Located about 25 minutes from the State Park in Toms River, NJ, Surf and Stream Campground is a family-friendly campground in a great location. It’s not only nearby Allaire State Park, but many of the popular beaches along the New Jersey shore. There are plenty of amenities and activities both nearby and on-site, so everyone is sure to enjoy themselves! Rates begin at $40 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: free TV, full-size swimming pool, picnic area, playground, mini golf, bocce, volleyball, weekend events and much more.

Cedar Creek Campground

If you love experiencing nature alongside the water, Cedar Creek Campground is the perfect choice for your next trip! Enjoy bike trails, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more, right from the campgrounds. Rates start at $60 a night.    

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: no

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: canoe and kayak rental, direct access to Barnegat Branch Rail Trail, Olympic size swimming pool with slides, camp store and gift shop, Cedar Creek Café and Snack Bar, playground, basketball court, indoor lodge with lending library and board games.

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What to Do at
Allaire State Park

Inside Allaire State Park

Whether you love history or nature, there is something to peak your interest inside Allaire State Park! Known for the Historic Allaire Village, there is plenty of history to take in as well as a network of trails, a river to explore and much more.   

Historic Allaire Village – One of the most popular things to do inside the State Park, Historic Allaire Village, once known as Howell Works in the early 19th century, was a thriving industrial community that produced cast iron and pig. Today, some buildings remain, including a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenter’s shop, manager’s shop, foreman’s house and a church.

A workers’ row house building is home to the Visitor Center and Museum, which features exhibits on the 19th-century bog and iron industry and the owner of the original village, James P. Allaire.

Seasonal Events – The Historic Allaire Village also offers more than 80 programs and events annually, thanks to the Allaire Village Inc. nonprofit corporation. Events include living history events, antique shows, arts and craft shows, flea markets and much more.     

Trails – With a network of five marked trails and unmarked trails winding through the park, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature by hiking, running, biking and even horseback riding. There are several easy trails, some moderate and a one moderate/difficult, so there is something for everyone and all fitness levels!

Water Activities – Enjoy the Manasquan River in a variety of ways, including canoeing and fresh water fishing. The River is annually stocked with trout, offering excellent opportunities for anglers to make a catch.

Outside Allaire State Park

Located nearby the New Jersey shore, once you’re done exploring the Allaire State Park, there are still many more things to do and experience! Here are some of the best local attractions to check out:

Restaurants

Whether you’re ready for a fun, family meal out at a restaurant or want to enjoy a home-cooked meal (or takeout!) at your campsite, there are plenty of options nearby the State Park. Here are some of the local restaurants worth checking out:  

Aqua Blu

With a focus on unique dishes highlighting the season’s freshest and finest ingredients in a chic and family-friendly atmosphere, Aqua Blu is a great stop for a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy lunch and dinner with dishes such as fresh pasta, meat and fish, a raw bar, sandwiches, burgers and much more, plus a full kids menu.

Type: New American

Location: Toms River, NJ

Naples Pizzeria

Looking for a casual meal? Naples Pizzeria delivers, and is delicious, too! With dine-in and take out options and classic Italian staples such as oven-baked pasta, salads, pasta, veal and chicken dishes and of course, pizza, the entire family will be happy whether you’re eating in the restaurant or at your campsite!

Type: Italian

Location: Spring Lake, NJ

Mr. Shrimp

When by the shore, seafood is a must! Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant and Market is an award-winning seafood restaurant. Enjoy a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes for lunch or dinner, for take-out or even stop by the market to pick up fresh seafood to cook at your campground.

Type: American

Location: Belmar, NJ

Sightseeing

Local Beaches and Boardwalks

The Jersey Shore is known for its boardwalks, beaches and various amusements along the boardwalk! Take some time to explore the many attractions in the nearby shore towns of New Jersey. There are roughly 10 nearby the State Park in various distances, making them ideal for a beach day trip, see sights and grab dinner on the boardwalk and much more! 

Location: Various locations, including Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach and Jackson, NJ

Popcorn Park Zoo

Popcorn Park Zoo is a sanctuary for animals and home for a wide variety of over 200 animals and birds, including exotic, wildlife, farm animals and birds, who have suffered cruelty, injury, illness, abandonment or who could not be returned to the wild.

Location: Forked River, NJ

Berkeley Island County Park

If you haven’t had enough of nature yet, the Berkeley Island County Park is the perfect place to visit! It’s a 25-acre county park that offers a beach with protected bay bathing and a popular crabbing and fishing pier. It’s located at Cedar Creek and the Barnegat Bay, offering some of the best views in the entire county.

Location: Bayville, NJ

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How to Get to
Allaire State Park

Allaire State Park can be reached from exit 98, from the Garden State Parkway, or exit 31B off Interstate 195. For more information,click here

Entering Allaire State Park

There is a fee to enter Allaire State Park, charged only on weekends from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

New Jersey Resident : $5

Non-resident : $7

From events at the historic village to canoeing in the river and beautiful hiking, there is so much to do and see at Allaire State Park. And we can’t wait to hear about it all! When you post your fun vacation photos on social media, don’t forget to tag us, or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!