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Sandy Hook Hiking Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 78 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit 732-872-5970

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 117, and continue on NJ 36 East for 13.5 miles, following signs to the Gateway National Recreation Area.

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Laurie Conway
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Hiking

The park is very well maintained, clean and paved bike paths. Completely enjoyed my day riding there!

Carlos Agurrie
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Running

Great time

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Seshadri Vijayaraghavan
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Hiking

Nice Biking Trial. Good views.

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Mini Gandhi
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Hiking

Great biking route with little people but amazing views

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lanting zhang
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Hiking

Very beautiful paved trail! Easy hike ! The view is breathtaking! Just make sure you get back on time! The park close at 9pm ! It will cost 15$ to get in ( how ever it is free for now, due Covid-19, the park is “closed”) no many people there! Had wonderful time

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Jomar Teena
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Bike touring

A lot to see, biking is a must and there is beach access and walking and running is an option.... bring your own chairs and sun tan protection... food trucks available

Charu J
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Road biking

Great trail, did the entire loop & down south to seabright. Beautiful views. We arrived early to avoid the crowd & long lines at the entrance. If with kids avoid Gunnison beach, otherwise well marked paved excellent for road biking. Parked in lot D.

Asya Gorovits
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Road biking

A paved bike lane going in and out of the woods - very beautiful! We rented bikes at Kranky's Cycles in Highlands and rode them to Sandy Hook. Plenty of beaches and a few historical sites to explore, there used to be a military base there. There is a nudist beach and a camping ground too.

Tracey Dykes
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Mountain biking

history mixed with beach. paved most of the way. fun for all ages

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William Davis
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Hiking

A nice winding Trail with lots of shade plenty of turns there’s an old army battery at the end of the trail. There’s also a nudist beach at the end of the trail called Gunnison Beach don’t take your kids there. Very few climbs pretty much flat most of the way has all the shells and New Jersey are very beautiful ride.

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Sara Parodi
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Bike touring

This is a nice easy relaxing trail.

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Diane Klein
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Road biking

We actually did the trail that starts near the entrance to the park, it was a nice trail very scenic and you go through the old Army Base. It was about 12.5 miles.

Michael Lazzaro
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Hiking

Short stroll through dunes.

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Mai W
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Hiking

Good place to bike/run, paved path going in & out of the woods. Lots of deer that seem accustomed to seeing humans. This area is always fun to explore however I found this trail just ok

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Bob Beattie
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Road biking

paved path. flat. I had a nice leisurely ride.

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Tessa Roach
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Road biking

Great place to ride the bike, get up close and personal to the famous lighthouse and enjoy some history and great views. Very well markes, easy to get around and they have a number of "bike stops" with tools for repairing a bike.

Joey Ye
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Hiking

This place is fine. I was near by and I got curious so I stopped by for a walk. The whole town is deserted though after the hurricane. I don’t think anyone lives here any more. Don’t stay here after the dark. It’s creepy.

Rob Mazzilli
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Road biking

Good place to take the bike. Kid friendly. Lots of historical sites.

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Gina Rose
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Hiking

Very easy trail.

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Hiking

The route outlined here is kind of a weird route, having you walk on the side of the road for a spell, on the beach, on the bike path, and on the dune hiking trail. Bike path, dune, and beach are good.

Seema Parkhi
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Road biking

Great for biking!!

Lisa Turano
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Mountain biking

Great for biking

Seema Parkhi
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Road biking

Very nice!

Patrick Kenney
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Mountain biking

Great flat view of beaches and nice side trails to lighthouse and river views. Flat terrain so easy on legs. We biked most of it and took a walk to beach where river meets ocean.

Gina Sadek
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Road biking

It's not a bad ride. It's easy and you have the ocean view.

Mike Nolau
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Hiking

Great place! Hike the whole 7.0 mile trail you won't regret it.

Mike Nolau
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Hiking
Eric Glantz
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Great hike mostly paved did the walk onto the beach was nice lots of military buildings great walk for anyone does get a little windy

J J
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Hiking

HOLY TICKS. My dogs got over 30 TICKS within an hour and I'm not joking. Too risky. Won't do again.

Subhanir Chitnis
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Hiking

The trail is paved multipurpose (pedestrian and bicycle) route from near Parking lot D to North Beach. For the most part it runs along the main road. There is a also another hiking trail running east along the beach but that trail is hard to follow. Nice easy pedestrian/bike trail. If you are waking, keep a eye out for bicyclists.

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