Upper Freehold, NJ

Rural Upper Freehold Township, NJ is spread out over nearly 50 square miles. Sparsely populated with a variety of small communities, the Monmouth County, New Jersey township has been dedicated to protecting its vast expanse of open space through the Farmland Preservation Program. It’s located in the center of a horse-oriented countryside and offers beautiful views and an array of recreational and outdoor activities.


The Township:


Agriculture has been the primary use of land in Upper Freehold, NJ since it was founded in 1731. Surrounded by fields and horses, it’s a charming, rustic area. Parts of the municipality are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the downtown historic district of Imlaystown. Other unincorporated communities within the township include Coxs Corner, Cooleys Corner, Cream Ridge, Hornerstown, Ellisdale, Nelsonville, New Sharon, Filmore, New Canton, Walnford, Shrewsbury, Wrightsville and Red Valley, among others.


Upper Freehold, NJ real estate features gorgeous old houses and some new construction. Upper Freehold is mostly countryside, but there are a few shops and restaurants, as well as the Cream Ridge Winery. 


Parks, Recreation and Historical Sites:


The Upper Freehold Historic Farmland Byway runs from Allentown to the colonial Walnford Mill. The 24-miles stretch passes through farmlands and historic districts. The Township has done an excellent job of preserving both open space and landmarks. History enthusiasts will be impressed with the variety of Revolutionary War sites. One of the most well known is Walnford, a historic district comprised of a large farmhouse built by Richard Waln in 1774, a 19th century gristmill, farm buildings, wetlands, fields and woodlands.


A portion of the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area is located in Upper Freehold, NJ and is made up of wetlands and lakes where visitors watch migratory birds and enjoy nature, trails, hiking paths and woodlands. Additional Monmouth County parks in the Township include Clayton Park, which is 438 acres of woods and hiking trails, Crosswicks Creek Park, the Crosswicks Creek Greenbelt and the Byron Johnson Recreational Area, which adjoins Allentown High School. The recreational area has athletic fields and basketball and tennis courts for ample youth sports activities. The Horse Park of New Jersey hosts competitions and events for equestrians and horse lovers.


Geography and Transportation:


Upper Freehold Township is a municipality in Monmouth County, NJ and is slightly over 47 square miles in size. It’s a short drive to the New Jersey shore and its Central Jersey location makes it easy for residents to visit both New York City and Philadelphia by car or via the train stations in Trenton or Hamilton.


A section of the Central Jersey Expressway (I-195) runs through Upper Freehold. The New Jersey Turnpike is a few minutes away in Robbinsville. Country Routes 524, 526 and 537 are in close proximity.




Public school students, kindergarten through 12th grade, are served by the Upper Freehold Regional School District, which also takes students from Allentown. Millstone Township places students in the school district’s high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The schools in the district are Newell Elementary School, Stone Bridge Middle School and Allentown High School.



As of the 2010 United Census, Upper Freehold Township, NJ breaks down as follows:


  • The population is 6,902 people.
  • There are 2,363 households and 1,978 families.
  • 38.1% of the households have children under 18-years-old, 76.5% are married couples, 16.3% are non-families, 12.6% are comprised of individuals and 6.1% have people 65-years-old or older living alone. The median age of the population is 43.7 years.
  • The average household size is 2.92 and the average family size is 3.19.
  • The median household income is $122,525 and the median family income is $126,849.


Picturesque, centrally located and historic, Upper Freehold is a unique community. It’s an idyllic, rural setting, yet amenities are easily accessible. To buy or sell Upper Freehold Township, NJ real estate, contact Smires & Associates today. Our real estate agents are experts in Central New Jersey communities.