Exploring Sandy Hook

Exploring Sandy Hook

Recently, my husband and I went up to Sandy Hook and the Gateway Recreational Area.

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 it 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.

sandy hook gateway recreation area

There are Two Primary Sites:

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

sandy hook gateway recreation area

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 worth your while to check out is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. sandy hook gateway recreation area

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, 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.  Not our typical “hike through woods” but never the less a great time. It would be a beautiful beach or trail to run if we lived closer.

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? 

One response

  1. I can’t say that I’ve ever been to a nude beach, but there are several nudist recreational areas in the Carolinas, including one that had a 5K that someone I know ran. I’ve heard about a few in places we’ve cruised to but never gone to em. Looks too cold to wear anything but a lot of clothes out there where you guys are!

    Is this a military recreational area too? We have one of those down here that has a beach off a lake and it’s quite nice. I’ve been with my aunt and uncle (uncle is retired Navy).

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