The Shepherd Lake 5K is held at the Ringwood State Park. Parking, registration, start and finish are at Shepherd Lake Recreation Area. The race begins in front of the 74-acre lake and continues through the parks into Skylands Manor Botanical Gardens. The race course goes past the manor house originally built in the 1920s. May is a wonderful time of year to take advantage of the spectacular elegance of the gardens and haven of the woods.