Desolate Beauty

© John P. Sandstedt

Desolate Beauty

Uploaded: October 20, 2016 | Entered: October 24, 2016 05:53:15


The Manasquan Reservoir is a source of water for municipalities and utilities, as well as a 1,204-acre park, located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The reservoir doubles as a park that is considered the jewel of the Monmouth County Park System. The park has trails, a visitor's center, a nature/environmental center, a boat launching area and several dikes for fishing, among its facilities. It is reachable by car and there are five parking lots, including one for vehicles hauling trailers. The park's trails are open to walkers, runners, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

The reservoir was created by damming the Timber Swamp Brook. Several portions of wetland were destroyed in the making of the reservoir. During the construction it was decided to not uproot the trees, leaving the beauty of desolation.

This is a venue worth visiting in all seasons of the year.


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