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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  • Pay by the car load. Free entry after Labor day (the best time to go). Bikes and walk ins free all year long. You can park in Highlands and bike in if you are in shape. Traffic to Hook can be unbearab...  more »
  • Lovely area, nice fishing beaches, historical defenses, great for walking, biking and all sorts of water sports. Just lolly gadding on the beach, exploring the area. This is a great place to be and en...  more »
  • We recently visited Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. My husband and I drove 2 hours to visit and were not disappointed. We noticed that after Labor Day, admission into the park was free. B...  more »
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  • Great place to spend all day. Ride a bike or walk on the dedicated path that runs the length of the park. Ferry ⛴ over from NY and rent a bicycle 🚴 when you arrive then go explore. Food trucks are located in parking lot D and don't forget your sunscreen.
  • A gorgeous coastal national park. Wildlife preservation, public beaches, a view of the NYC skyline in the horizon even as you relax along the beach. Old military installation to explore and yes beach g, Gunnison beach New Jerseys only nude beach. Be respectful.
  • Relaxing beach 🌴 and park. No touristy boardwalk or hotels. Just relaxation. Atlantic City, Pt. Pleasant, & Seaside are great but this is a quieter beach.
  • It has nice beaches. There is a lighthouse you can sign up for a tour. There is some old fort to explore. The ferry is expensive though.
  • Sandy Hook is my favorite nj beach for its wide variety of landscape, wildlife, history, and today a very much more cleaner beach!! I love to travel to only Gunnison were the natural human form is free to be unleashed by the grips of the limitations and falsified ideas that society has instilled into every individual!!! Be prepare to walk though, the home from the parking lot to finally sitting is very treacherous!

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