Hiking Project Logo

greenBlue Steamboat Landing and Crabbing Bridge Loop

  3.3 ( 3 ) Favorite

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 231' 70 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 94' 29 m
Low: 4' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Charles Behnken

An extensive hike through the woods and salt marshes using boardwalks, stairs, trails, and sandy roads.

Charles Behnken

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Families will enjoy the marked trails which are fairly easy, and use boardwalks and stairs in the hard parts. Additionally there is a kid friendly Nature Center on the trail.

Overview

This hike uses the standard red/green/blue/yellow trails in the park while also getting into the back areas of the park, including the site of Steamboat Landing. It utilizes the existing trails and the parks sandy roads to make a hike of 6.4 miles.

Need to Know

At the time of this hike the Crabbing Bridge and the Hooks Creek lake dam were both being repaired which required some adjustment. Check the park website for the latest status of the work.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day there is a day use fee for entrance to the park

Description

This hike starts at the parking lot down the road from the park office.

To get going the right way, ignore the sign for trailhead start. Instead head to the east (left) to the road that leads to the group camping area. Look for the Green Trail blazes. Continue down the road, and eventually the Green Trail will head into the woods near the group camping area. At Perrine Road, the Green Trail turns left, following the road for a short distance, before turning off to the right. From here the Green Trail will continue uninterrupted, passing houses on the left, for almost 1.5 miles.

When the Green Trail intersects Museum Road, take a left and follow the road for 0.5 miles. At the intersection with Dock Road turn left (south) for a while until you come to the tall salt grasses. If you're lucky, you'll be serenaded by the birds hidden in the grasses. Just as the trail is about to head back into the woods, turn around and return back up Dock Road. Pass the junction with Museum Road continuing north on Dock Road, following it to Steamboat Landing. Here there are pilings in the middle of Cheesequake Creek as well as a sign explaining the history of Steamboat Landing.

From Steamboat Landing turn back down Dock Road and at the junction with Museum Road take a left back onto Museum Road returning to the intersection with the Green Trail. Turn left onto the Green Trail, continuing on it to the intersection with the Blue Trail and Perrine Road. Turn left following the road. When the Blue Trail leaves Perrine Road to the left, follow it out to Perrine Pond. The Blue Trail winds through the woods around the pond and past a bird blind. Continue on the Blue Trail until you come back to Perrine Road. Turn left on the road.

Follow the road across Crabbing Bridge to Hooks Lake. Check out the viewing station opposite the Bathhouse to see the Osprey nest, and the Garden State Parkway in the distance. After checking out Hooks Creek Lake, head to the picnic area on the left of Hooks Creek Lake (via a gravel road that heads past the beach). There are restrooms at the picnic area, and its a nice place to stop for lunch.

After lunch, head back in the direction of the beach until you see a trail at the lake edge; this is Hooks Creek Lake Path (unsigned). Turn left on the trail (away from the beach) and follow it clockwise around the lake. Eventually you'll intersect with the Yellow Trail on the dam by some stairs. Take either fork; the right fork is recommended, but they lead to the same place. Continue on the Yellow Trail which will take you back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Some very old oak trees. There is a 150 year old oak on the trail that fell in Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The forest also has pitch pine and cedar. The trail passes salt marshes full of saw grass.

Osprey nests are located on Cheesequake Creek with viewing spots on the trail.

History & Background

The featured hike takes you to Steamboat Landing which consists of a few pilings and an informational sign. In the 1800's steamboats used to tie up there to bring goods to Matawan and to load up the clay mined in the area.

Contacts

Land Manager: NJ State Parks

Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

Feb 2, 2019
Shan Shah
Feb 2, 2019
Nitu Sanghvi
Sep 29, 2018
Kevin Maher
3.5 miles mix with blue trail, red trail, and yellow trail.
Sep 13, 2018
Christopher Klingaman
Boardwalks are a little slippery, easy stroll - don't forget bug spray. 6.4mi
Jan 7, 2018
Claudia Guzman
Winter trek, not the complete 6.4 miles. 2.5mi

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 3 votes

#3516

Overall
  3.3 from 3 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
67%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
33%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#30

in New Jersey

#3,516

Overall
22 Views Last Month
620 Since Oct 31, 2017
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

33%
67%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking