Shark River Loop Trail

Hamilton, New Jersey

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Hiking the Shark River Loop is a joy for human and dog. In winter, its gently rolling terrain offers solitude and shelter from the wind. Its open woods and sandy roads are pleasant and easy—even on the “challenging” trail. In all seasons, it is a birder’s paradise. Your dog will love the scents and sounds and can take a dip in the Shark River to get cool. Saunter on a wide, flat sand road, a footpath over forested sand dunes, and riverside with a few short heart-pumpers up stairways. It is a great solo hike with your dog when no one else has the time to accompany you. Less than a mile from the Garden State Parkway, this is a “no-excuses” walk—so get out with your dog who will welcome the outing.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

Hiking the Shark River Loop is a joy for human and dog. In winter, its gently rolling terrain offers solitude and shelter from the wind. Its open woods and sandy roads are pleasant and easy—even on the “challenging” trail. In all seasons, it is a birder’s paradise. Your dog will love the scents and sounds and can take a dip in the Shark River to get cool.

Saunter on a wide, flat sand road, a footpath over forested sand dunes, and riverside with a few short heart-pumpers up stairways. It is a great solo hike with your dog when no one else has the time to accompany you. Less than a mile from the Garden State Parkway, this is a “no-excuses” walk—so get out with your dog who will welcome the outing.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hamilton
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall, winter, spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shark River Park, Monmouth County Park System
Local Maps: USGS Asbury Park, NJ
Topo Map: Shark River Loop 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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