Sandy Hook Beach and Dunes Loop Trail

Fort Hancock, New Jersey

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Get ready for a workout! This sunny hike offers dog and human a fun time on the beach with sights and scents of the sea—a gentle surf, shells, soft paths, a lot of other dogs, and a hike through the largest American holly forest on the East Coast. Nesting shorebirds, such as the federally endangered piping plover and least tern, and black skimmers, return to the area to nest on the beaches and dunes. Although ocean beaches are closed to dogs from March 15 through Labor Day, some birds may be nesting earlier. Stay on the trails. Bayside beaches are open year-round to dogs.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

Get ready for a workout! This sunny hike offers dog and human a fun time on the beach with sights and scents of the sea—a gentle surf, shells, soft paths, a lot of other dogs, and a hike through the largest American holly forest on the East Coast.

Nesting shorebirds, such as the federally endangered piping plover and least tern, and black skimmers, return to the area to nest on the beaches and dunes. Although ocean beaches are closed to dogs from March 15 through Labor Day, some birds may be nesting earlier. Stay on the trails. Bayside beaches are open year-round to dogs.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Hancock
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Day after Labor Day through March 14
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit
Local Maps: USGS Sandy Hook Overextended, NJ
Topo Map: Sandy Hook: Beach and Dunes 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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