MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Find solace in the great outdoors this summer on one of the many beautiful hiking trails in Middletown! 

The Monmouth County Parks System offers some best hiking in the state, with trails for all fitness levels. Get on your hiking boots and check out these three great hikes!

Huber Woods - For easy-to-moderate hiking, the Nature Loop at Huber Woods is excellent. Use the Browns Dock Road entrance. The wooded trails are accessible through two trail entrances on the left side of the parking lot, across the meadow. When approaching the trailhead, there is a sign pointing to the entries. Stay left for shorter, easier trails. Try to find the teepee for a cool photo-op!

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Tatum Park -  The Dogwood Hollow trail in Tatum park is a beautiful easy-to-moderate hike. Enter from Red Hill Road for easy accessibility. Follow trail markers to find the entrance. This hike has a lot of birds and plant-life to appreciate! Be sure to check out Deep Cut Gardens across the street for the stunning greenhouse and serene koi pond.

Hartshorne Woods - For those seeking a more challenging hike, head to Hartshorne!  The Claypit Creek entrance on Locust Road is preferable, as the parking lot at Buttermilk Valley on Navesink Road is quite small. Head down the gravel path, and turn right at the trail crossing. Follow trail markers for Laurel Ridge.  This trail is a large loop that passes the Buttermilk Valley entrance, eventually leading back to the Claypit Creek parking area. It can get quite steep at times and be exerting. Hiking boots and a water bottle are suggested for this hike!  Learn more about all the great parks in Monmouth County.