Visiting Sandy Hook

Visiting Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook (732) 872-5970

Sandy Hook is a 2,044 acre barrier peninsula that offers seven miles of beaches, salt marshes, hiking trails, and a maritime holly forest. The Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) is a paved trail for bicycling, in-line skating, and walking. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground are National Historic Landmarks.

Sandy Hook was designated the “Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historic Landmark District” in 1982. The Fort Hancock Historic Post is located on the northern tip of the peninsula. It is a complex that includes many historically significant military  and  maritime buildings dating back to the 1800’s.  The United States’ oldest lighthouse, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, can be found within the Fort Hancock Historic Post.  Evidence of the weaponry of Fort Hancock is located all across the Sandy Hook Peninsula to include concrete gun batteries, support structures and NIKE missile facilities. These remain visible today as a reminder of Fort Hancock’s military might in defending the metropolitan New York and northern NJ area for three quarters of the last century. Sandy Hook is much more than a favorite destination for many – it is a multifaceted jewel to treasure and protect.

For more information, or to plan your visit, please call the Sandy Hook Visitor Center at 732-872-5970, or click here.