On a blistering hot day on June 28, 1778 the land that is now Monmouth Battlefield State Park was the site of one of the longest battles of the American Revolutionary War. Here at Monmouth, Washington restored a reputation battered by defeats in 1777. In the day-long battle in the hills, wood lots, farm fields and meadows, the main Continental Army, retrained at Valley Forge, repulsed attacks by the main British Army. By the end, over 600 men were dead, dying or wounded and the Continental Army held the field.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center. Today, the Battlefield is peaceful where wildlife abounds in the woods and marshes, the fields produce crops of corn, wheat and soybeans, and a pick-your-own orchard. Take a “history hike” and see where the battle was fought, take a shady stroll along a woodland path or traverse meadows watching for red fox, songbirds or red-tailed hawks.