Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area

category : Other Attractions
Sandy Hook is a 2,044-acre barrier beach peninsula at the northern tip of the New Jersey Shore. The park includes seven miles of ocean beaches, salt marshes, hiking trails and a maritime holly forest. Historic sites include the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States. There have been forts on Sandy Hook since the 1800s to guard the entrance to New York Harbor. Historic Fort Hancock defended the harbor from 1895 until 1974. The Hook was also the site of the first U.S. Army Proving Ground. Ocean beach, parking fee.

Hours: Open all year
Address: Park entrance off Rt. 36

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Fort Hancock

Located in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area near the tip of the Sandy Hook peninsula overlooking the entrance to New York Harbor, this fort played a key role in harbor defense and navigation since 1764 when the Sandy Hook Lighthouse (the oldest operating lighthouse in America)

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