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Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

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#3 of 14 in Wildlife in Jersey Shore
Lighthouse State Park
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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  • Nice beach,relatively unpopulated on a Monday morning,enough room to be alone with 3 roaming dogs. Beware the rising tide,it comes up quickly and can isolate the tide pools!  more »
  • We went on a canoe trip here with Ranger Conrad and Ranger Mary. The canoes are virtually free - you just pay a buck or two to register online. The trip itself was great. Canoeing in the bay, viewing ...  more »
  • Beautiful beaches and plenty of parking lots. There's an entrance fee of 15 per vehicle during summers. You get to see the manhattan skyline from the beach and there's a bike trail along the coast whi...  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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