Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

85 Mercer Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732
732-872-5970 Highlands

Property Description

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It is located at the northern end of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in Atlantic Highlands. Amazingly well-preserved, this unique octagonal tower dates back to the 18th century and has been in service since 1764. Except for being darkened during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and II, the beacon has been operating ever since.

The National Park Service owns the tower and the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the light. The lighthouse is open to the public weekends April - Oct., 12 Noon - 4:30 pm, Nov. - mid Dec., 12 Noon - 4:30 pm, weekdays in July and Aug., 1 - 4:30 pm. Tours and talks are presented by members of the New Jersey Lighthouse Society. Call the Visitor's Center for more information. Free admission.

The lighthouse is on the grounds of Fort Hancock and is just one of the unbeatable touristattractions at Sandy Hook. The peninsula also boasts a spectacular holly forest, excellent surf fishing, hiking, beaches, trails, salt marshes, more than 300 species of birds and other historical sites.