Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

Park Entrance off Rt. 36, Highlands, NJ 07760
718-354-4606 Highlands

Property Description

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.

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at ocean side beaches. There are showers and restrooms, food and surfing are permitted.

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.

Fee: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.