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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light

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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The area where the lighthouse stands was regarded as one of the most important navigational points for ships bound to and from New York Harbor. The ships were dependent upon the Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The fast currents, shifting sandbars, and offshore shoals challenged sailors. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

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  • August 2021 Small state park but very enjoyable, historic, and scenic. There's a quaint museum that's free, and of course the light house to tour, but I didn’t go inside the light house because it... 
    August 2021 Small state park but very enjoyable, historic, and scenic. There's a quaint museum that's free, and of course the light house to tour, but I didn’t go inside the light house because it...  more »
  • Closed all summer for renovations. The grounds and visitor center are open but the Lighthouse itself is closed. However, swathed in scaffolding it is quite a sight! 
    Closed all summer for renovations. The grounds and visitor center are open but the Lighthouse itself is closed. However, swathed in scaffolding it is quite a sight!  more »
  • Very pretty area and pets are welcome in the park; however, they are not permitted on the walkway that surrounds the lighthouse which was disappointing. 
    Very pretty area and pets are welcome in the park; however, they are not permitted on the walkway that surrounds the lighthouse which was disappointing.  more »
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  • I like these kinds of places that overlook inlets by the ocean, and the Barnegat Light end has always been a nice place to stop. This 2022 season the famous lighthouse will be covered in a maintenance wrapper and can't be climbed, but otherwise the park will be open. It's also a good area to drop a line in the water and test your luck/skill. My recent visit was right before the seasonal summer schedule starts. So there weren't many other people around.
  • Great place to visit and watch shore birds fly around. I specifically go for photography, but it’s a great place to take a walk and chill. Right now the Lighthouse is undergoing renovations so just be aware if you are going to photograph it. Also, nesting shorebirds area is NOT a place to walk your dogs! See photos.
  • Always a beautiful place to go kids love going. But the Lighthouse is being renovated at this time. You can't go in it until October. But the surrounding area beautiful relaxing and its great for photography.
  • Always clean and great spot to fish or use picnic space. Trails go into a old original shore forest that have great views at the top of large dunes. Great for bird watching as well!
  • first time here, the walk was nice and the surrounding area was nice. I was only a little disappointed because the lighthouse is being repainted so it's almost completely covered by piping and fenced off. And it was my fiance's first time ever seeing a light house. But painting should be done around October so maybe next year

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