Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

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Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area
Park Entrance off Rt. 36, Highlands, NJ 07760
732-872-5970 | 718-354-4605
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Sandy Hook draws some two-million visitors each year. In addition to its ocean beaches the park has a wide array of recreational and other outdoor activities. Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches. Biking is a great way to see Sandy Hook, the five-mile long Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) starts at the park entrance and ends in Fort Hancock. Hiking trails begin at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery. Sandy Hook is also a prime spot for birding. Non-motorized boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Enjoy a blanket picnics on the beach or take a stroll around Fort Hancock, a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Fort Hancock Museum, Battery Potter, Battery Gunnison and History House. Don’t miss the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, keepers' quarters and barn.