Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

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#2 of 18 in Wildlife in Jersey Shore
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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  • 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.
  • Gunnison is my favorite beach. The people that go there are the friendliest and it's a place to leave your worries behind. Everyone is like a family and offers extra waters or food if you run out.
  • This would be a really nice beach, but unfortunately a lot of plastic pollution can be seen in the sand. A beach clean up is seriously needed, locals need to have a bit more pride in their natural attractions. It in unclear why there are so many positive reviews being made, particularly by local guides. Who likes to sunbathe in rubbish?
  • It looked pretty cool. A lot of reconstruction and renovation going on. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I was looking for a campsite, and unfortunately they only allow campers on weekdays during the summer season.
  • Decent campgrounds, nice beaches with friendly locals, former and current military sites. It's also the site of Gunnison Beach, New Jersey's only legal nude beach.
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