Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

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Park Entrance off Rt. 36
Highlands, NJ 07760
Fax: 718-354-4605
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.


Birding, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Surfing, Swimming


Open Now

Facility Amenities

Flush Toilets, Lifeguard, Restaurant On Site


Beach on Bay, Beach on Ocean