Description - Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Historic Allaire Village
The historic village was known as the Howell Works in the early 19th century. At that time it was a thriving industrial community which produced pig and cast iron. The buildings which remain today include a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenter’s shop, manager’s house, foreman’s house and a church. One of the workers' row house buildings is now the Visitor Center and Museum.
Allaire Village Inc., a nonprofit corporation, sponsors more than 40 programs and events annually, including living history events, antique shows, arts and craft shows, and flea markets. For more information, write or call Allaire Village, Inc. at (732) 919-3500.
Pine Creek Railroad
Established in 1953, the Pine Creek Railroad is an example of rail travel at the height of the steam era in the United States. The live-steam and diesel, narrow-gauge trains are operated by the NJ Museum of Transportation. For more information, call (732) 938-5524.
Visitor Center and Museum
Exhibits on the 19th-century bog iron industry, the Howell Works (original name for Allaire Village), and its owner, James P. Allaire provide an introduction to Allaire Village. Special programs are offered throughout the year. Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Wednesday through Sunday the rest of the year.
Nature Interpretive Center
The center features displays related to the natural features and creatures of the area. Nature walks are conducted daily during the summer season and special programs for groups can be arranged by appointment. Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Wednesday through Sunday the rest of the year.
A network of trails winds through the park providing opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The yellow trail at .5 miles, the red trail at 1.5 miles and the green trail at 4.5 miles are easy hiking trails for pedestrians only. The orange trail, which is 16.5 miles long, is a moderate multi-use trail.
Campsites: 45 tent and trailer sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets and shower facilities are within walking distance. Trailer sanitary station open April 15 through October 31. Campsites open all year.
Yurts: Four yurts. Circular tents built on a wood frame, featuring wood floors, a deck and plexiglas skylight. Each yurt has a wooden door, window screens and flaps, and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Accessible to persons with disabilities.
Shelters: Six shelters. Cabin-like structures with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, which sleep up to four people. Each site includes a fire ring and picnic table. Accessible to persons with disabilities.
Group campsites: Six group sites with fire rings, picnic tables and composting toilets; total capacity: 250. Open all year. 2 sites accomodate 25 campers. 4 sites accomodate 50 campers.
For current forms and information on a campsite booking visit the link below.
- Attractions in Allaire State Park include the Historic Allaire Village that was a thriving industrial community in the early 19th century. There is also the Pine Creek Railroad which was built at the height of the steam travel era in 1953.
Recreation - Recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, nature trails, mountain biking, biking, fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, and cross country skiing.
Climate - The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.
Allaire State Park can be reached from exit 98 off the Garden State Parkway or exit 31B off Interstate 195.