Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Holgate Trail

Oceanville, New Jersey

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You might not notice it unless you return year after year, but the beach at Holgate is constantly shifting and growing in length under the influence of changing tides and sporadic storms. This 3-mile strip, known as the Holgate Peninsula and part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, is one of the few undeveloped beaches in New Jersey. Holgate was given to the U.S. Department of the Interior by the National Audubon Society in 1960. Hiking with pounding surf on one side and large dunes on the other is tonic for the soul. Arrive a couple of hours before sunset to watch the sky suddenly come ablaze as the lights are switched on in Atlantic City’s casinos across the water. Remember to bring insect repellent; the mosquitoes and greenheads are plentiful during this time of year. If you’re not a birdwatcher, hike here after a storm and you may find a Spanish coin that’s washed ashore. Or simply enjoy the fresh air, the sand dunes, and the sight of a fisherman landing dinner.
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

You might not notice it unless you return year after year, but the beach at Holgate is constantly shifting and growing in length under the influence of changing tides and sporadic storms. This 3-mile strip, known as the Holgate Peninsula and part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, is one of the few undeveloped beaches in New Jersey. Holgate was given to the U.S. Department of the Interior by the National Audubon Society in 1960. Hiking with pounding surf on one side and large dunes on the other is tonic for the soul.

Arrive a couple of hours before sunset to watch the sky suddenly come ablaze as the lights are switched on in Atlantic City’s casinos across the water. Remember to bring insect repellent; the mosquitoes and greenheads are plentiful during this time of year. If you’re not a birdwatcher, hike here after a storm and you may find a Spanish coin that’s washed ashore. Or simply enjoy the fresh air, the sand dunes, and the sight of a fisherman landing dinner.

©  Arline Zatz/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oceanville
Length: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Entire beach is closed April 1 - August 31, open the rest of the time.
Local Contacts: Batsto Village c/o Wharton State Forest
Topo Map: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: Holgate Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
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