Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

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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  • I'm not sure I should share this with everyone, because Sandy Hook is the best kept secret in New Jersey. There are several beaches to choose from, and all are clean and well maintained. I especially ...  more »
  • Not sure why nobody is talking about the flies that suck your blood!! Had to leave with my kids today because of the flies and will not go back on that place ever.  more »
  • I have been visiting Sandy Hook all my life and each time I come here, there's always something I haven't seen before. It has a rich history and some of the nicest beaches in all of New Jersey. The best time to go is off season, when it's less crowded.
  • I have been here many times from its beaches to hiking trails and of course Sandy Hook lighthouse and Fort Hancock. If you like bird watching or photography this place is for you. You have to pay by the carload from Memorial Day to Labor day but before and after is free admission. Highly recommended go and enjoy.
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