Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area |
Sandy Hook Lighthouse in the Winter
Sandy Hook Lighthouse in the Winter

Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

Park Entrance off Rt. 36 Highlands, NJ 07760

Property Description

Sandy Hook draws some two-million visitors each year. In addition to its ocean beaches the park has a wide array of recreational and other outdoor activities.

Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches. Biking is a great way to see Sandy Hook, the five-mile long Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) starts at the park entrance and ends in Fort Hancock. Hiking trails begin at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery.

Sandy Hook is also a prime spot for birding. Non-motorized boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters.

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am to 6 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at ocean side beaches. There are showers and restrooms, food and surfing are permitted.

Enjoy a blanket picnics on the beach or take a stroll around Fort Hancock, a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Fort Hancock Museum, Battery Potter, Battery Gunnison and History House. Don't miss the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, keepers' quarters and barn.

Fee: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.



  • Swimming

General Information:

  • Lifeguard


  • Beach on Ocean