Exploring Sandy Hook Biking Trail

Sandy Hook Biking Trail (Sandy Hook, NJ)

Recently, my husband and I went up to Sandy Hook and the Gateway Recreational Area.  Sandy Hook is a large park with a beautiful biking path: ie the Sandy Hook biking trail.

The Sandy Hook Unit is located in Sandy Hook which is on the northeast shore of New Jersey.   Why is it called the “Gateway”?

Photo was taken by me when we flew over the Sandy Hook Biking Trail last year

The barrier peninsula forms the other side of the “gateway” to New York Harbor. The Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area is located in New Jersey. In total, Sandy Hook has 6 miles of beaches. There are also many historical sites, including Fort Hancock, Lighthouse,  Missile site, and military artillery batteries.  There is also a lengthy Sandy Hook biking trail which is great for runners or bikers.  Plus a beautiful view of New York City and a great view of Manhatten.

sandy hook gateway recreation area

There are Two Primary Sites on the Sandy Hook Biking Trail:

Fort Hancock: served as part of the harbor’s coastal defense system from 1895 until 1974.  There are over 100 historic buildings still left today.

sandy hook gateway recreation area

sandy hook gateway recreation area

sandy hook gateway recreation area

sandy hook gateway recreation area
Walking through the Battery on the Sandy Hook Biking Trail

sandy hook gateway recreation area

The Sandy Hook Biking Trail takes you around the park.

Sandy Hook itself contains seven beaches.  What I didn’t realize was there is even a nude beach (Gunnison Beach).  Since it was 40 and windy, no one was there.  Surrounding the beaches are salt marshes.  It looked like it was an excellent spot for both fishing and surfing as we saw more people doing that than exploring.

sandy hook gateway recreation area

sandy hook gateway recreation area

sandy hook gateway recreation area
OMG nude beach

Also while exploring the Sandy Hook Biking trail, it’s worth your while to check out is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. sandy hook gateway recreation area

Outside of the primary Sandy Hook biking trail, there are three hiking trails and one short boardwalk within the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. We spent about 90 minutes walking around the Sandy Hook Biking Trail, but it looks like a great spot to get to run or bike over 10 miles.  Most of the trails are bike path or pavement.

sandy hook gateway recreation area

In all, we had a great time at the Sandy Hook Biking Trail.  Not our typical “hike through woods” but never the less a great time. The Sandy Hook biking trail and the national park is a great afternoon troop. It would be a beautiful beach or running trail to run if we lived closer.

You can see more hikes here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever been to a nude beach? (I actually have when I went on a cruise to the Carribean a while back).

Do you have any cool historical spots near you? Have you been to Sandy Hook or the Sandy Hook Biking trail?