Freer Nature Preserve - 49 Creamery Road


The Freer Preserve was the first park resource to be given the formal status of a nature preserve. Located on Creamery Road, the 18.2 acre site was acquired by the township in 1964 as a public park, and was formally dedicated as a nature preserve on June 25, 1977. The Township has developed an interpretive trail system within the resource.


Fishing Areas

Yellow Brook was stocked with trout to "provide recreation and pleasure" by the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife in the spring of 2004. No fishing permit is required by Colts Neck Township. 


Hiking Trails

Freer Nature Reserve has a broad, pleasant trail that extends the length of the park under the canopy of towering trees and along a bluff overlooking Yellow Brook. At either end, the trail has spurs which descend to the brook.


Nature Studies

Freer Nature Reserve contains about 30 varieties of woody plants and shrubs, as well as life, including beaver, rabbit, racoon and red fox. The site is also transverse with Yellow Brook. Approximately one-half of the land is in the woods, and one-half is in open meadow: the two areas being bisected by Yellow Brook. The contours of the land run from high on the woods side to low on the meadow side; the total change of level being as much as thirty-five feet in places. This mature stand with its associated under story and ground covers is a valuable and irreplaceable natural asset to the community.