Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

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Explore coastal landscapes and lush wilderness at Gateway National Recreation, a conglomeration of several different protected regions full of opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors. Visit the park, spanning 10,767 hectares (26,607 acres), and delve into its range of landscapes, from sand dunes and marshland to historical military forts. You can hit the network of trails for cyclists, roller-bladers, skaters, and hikers to traverse the area efficiently and move from point to point. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife in the area, including a wide array of bird species that call the region home. Be sure to check the Park Service's website for information about special talks, programs, events, and activities held on park grounds. To visit Gateway National Recreation and other attractions in Sandy Hook, use our Sandy Hook attractions planner.
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  • Dirty lazy people don’t take their trash home leave it on the beach or in parking lot! Beach is crowded and full of inconsiderate rude people.  more »
  • This was to be the last of our NJ lighthouses on this long trip from middle America. Traffic was backed up to the beginning of the Bridge. After about a 30 minute stop and go approach we saw a small s...  more »
  • What a picture perfect day on the beach. The weather was perfect full sun not a cloud in the sky, the water temp was cool, the air temperature was perfect not to hit not too cool, and the water was cl...  more »
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  • This place is gorgeous. I think the best part to swim is the south island side where it is nice and calm and cool to explore, the inner small bay between skeleton island and south island is incredibly serene. If you come on the weekend, make sure to call and ask if the beach is open because they close it after it gets too full, don't wait in traffic just to see the sign that says they're closed. I recommend going early or later but not midday. If it is closed you can hang out in hartshorn woods park where there is a light house with a cool view and check with them later
  • Very well organized and a much more pleasant experience than the overly crowded beaches to the south. Well worth the $15, you'll pay that or more just in parking elsewhere. Nice beaches and cool military ruins.
  • It great it’s worth the trip. I can’t wait to go again. It’s not Florida but it’s ok for up here. We live pretty far but it was a really nice night and we had a picnic. The other visitors were friendly. It’s very clean, safe, secure. Gateway National Recreational Area is an old time favorite of ours. It’s a lot better than it used to be. We have an older dog and he really really likes it a lot.
  • Plenty to do and explore at Sandy Hook. Bay side and and ocean beaches give you very different experiences. Clothing optional beach at Gunnison is the most popular spot at Sandy Hook.
  • My favorite place in New Jersey ! I feel like I was there in a past life... So much to do so much to see. Gunison beach is my favorite😊
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