Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area (10/29/2008)

This is New Jersey hike #1 ("Sandy Hook Loop") from the book Take a Hike: New York City (1st edition). We did this on a cold, blustery Wednesday, one day after a foot of snow fell in some parts of northern New Jersey. It's a delightful hike, which follows the beach for about three miles, including the clothing-optional Gunnison Beach where there were no nudists on this day. In fact, we only passed one woman walking her dog. The dog was nude but the woman wasn't, which was probably a good idea given the fact that with the wind chill factor it was about 34 degrees F. After a long beach walk, the hike goes past gun batteries, the oldest operating lighthouse in America, the historic Fort Hancock, and abandoned Nike missile facilities.

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Entering at South Beach

It was windy!! [photo by Laura]

View north

View south

Sea bird and sea ship


Sandy Hook visitor's center




Dead horseshoe crab

Starfish on horseshoe crab

Starfish [photo by Laura]

Washed up stingray



Fishing Beach

Abandoned bunker at Fishing Beach

Beach from the bunker

Bunker from the beach

Wallenius Wilhelmsen cargo ship

Shell filled beach

Those are ours!

Manhattan skyline


Another washed up horseshoe crab

Verrazano-Narrows bridge

Not today!

Low helicopter

First view of lighthouse

So many shells

Gunnison Beach volleyball nets

Closed area for endangered plants

Lighthouse and phragmites

Gunnison Beach boardwalk

Gunnison battery

Gunnison battery

Looking inside

Anti-aircraft gun

Wetland west of Atlantic Drive

Fort Hancock buildings

Officer's quarters

The famous lighthouse

[Photo by Laura]

Rails in mortar battery

Anybody home?

Inside mortar battery


Inside courtyard

More rails

Lighthouse light

View of officer's quarters


Mall by officer's quarters

Sandy Hook Bay


Bike trail

Grave of Hamilton Douglas Halyburton

Former US Army Nike Radar facility


Winding bike path

Close-up of cactus


Nike Ajax missile

Path to wildlife blind

View from wildlife blind

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