Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

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#2 of 12 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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  • People don't often think of visiting beaches in the "off season" but the Gateway National Recreation area at Sandy Hook takes on a winter charm — and is much less crowded! It is a place of muted color...  more »
  • I stay around 40 mins drive from it and this is my favorite though Jersey Sore have many beaches. Best thing is, the sunset, and this is like an island which give around 360 views from New York to lon...  more »
  • Beautiful beach and the trip by ferry to reach them. Too cold to enjoy it. Excellent to take a break from the Big Apple in a summer visit. There are solitary sectors without infrastructure and other more populated and best served (put food, baths). Highly recommended!
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  • Real nice Federal park. Lots of radio controlled activities. HARP is great. Camping, boating, fishing........Circus stops here .
  • Great recreation area. Very busy in the summer. Parking can fill up on great beach days. Yes there is a nude beach.
  • The best beaches on the east coast. Miles of deserted beaches to enjoy. Great for birdwatching and hiking. Miles of bike trails. Beware of overzealous Park Rangers who thugishly operate with little supervision. Stick to park rules and take your trash home!
  • Gateway Park at Sandy Hook is one of the best reasons to come to N.J. Boasting 12 different beaches, including the famous clothing optional Gunnison Beach. There are campsites, fishing beaches, picnic areas, Historic tours of Old Fort Hancock and both ocean and Bay sides. A must for anyone visiting the Jersey shore.
  • Sandy Hook beaches. Bike trails. Fishing. Hiking. So much more. Beautiful views. Beach was clean when I was there. Great photography opportunities too.

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