Island Beach Trail

Barnegat Light, New Jersey

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This barrier island park offers you and your dog an off-season stroll on the beach minus the crowds, a close-up view of Barnegat Inlet, a glimpse of coastal habitats, and a healthy dose of salt air. There is plenty to keep your dog interested—crashing waves, squawking gulls, diving seabirds, surf anglers, and seaside scents for a different kind of sniffing. A quick side trip on a boardwalk to the bay offers a hiking canine the new experience of standing on a platform over big water. Dogs are permitted year-round in the area south of bathing unit 2, and in the ocean swimming areas from the day after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. They are not allowed on bird-blind trails.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

This barrier island park offers you and your dog an off-season stroll on the beach minus the crowds, a close-up view of Barnegat Inlet, a glimpse of coastal habitats, and a healthy dose of salt air. There is plenty to keep your dog interested—crashing waves, squawking gulls, diving seabirds, surf anglers, and seaside scents for a different kind of sniffing.

A quick side trip on a boardwalk to the bay offers a hiking canine the new experience of standing on a platform over big water. Dogs are permitted year-round in the area south of bathing unit 2, and in the ocean swimming areas from the day after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. They are not allowed on bird-blind trails.

©  Mary Jasch/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Barnegat Light
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall, winter, spring
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Contacts: Island Beach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Barnegat Light, NJ
Topo Map: Island Beach Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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