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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 on your trip to Sandy Hook, use our Sandy Hook vacation route planner.
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  • Well must visit place for those who love beaches. Well $15 entrance fee (summer) per car is worth because +nice clean beaches + ample parking spaces +shower heads, clean restrooms + nice decent crowd ...  more »
  • The location can't be beat with ocean and bay surrounding the park but it needs a major facelift on all the historic houses from its military life. Some are dangerous to be walking near. Lots of ruts ...  more »
  • I used to really like this place and was excited to visit it again when i moved back to New Jersey. From driving cross-country we had bought a National Park Pass thinking Gateway would be covered. I p...  more »
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  • Relaxing beach 🌴 and park. No touristy boardwalk or hotels. Just relaxation. Atlantic City, Pt. Pleasant, & Seaside are great but this is a quieter beach.
  • 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!
  • Sandy Hooks hiking trail and the whole walking area is a great way to spend your free time, if you like to move, explore or ride a bicycle. It's surrounded with beaches so at any point if you need refreshment it is easy to help yourself. Area is big, and fun to explore! In the summer season there is an entrance fee, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day it's free of charge.
  • Historical sites plus scenic views of New York Harbor. Park rangers and guides are excellent.
  • Very peaceful and a nice place the visit in the spring and fall. In the summer I go in the evening when it's not as crowded and go for walks on their trails. It's great and a fantastic view of NYC from the beach