Island Beach Trail

Barnegat Light, New Jersey 8006

Island Beach Trail

Island Beach Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Island Beach Trail Trip Reports

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The main road takes you in and out, but you can stop along the way in parking areas and take trails in designated areas or follow some unmarked paths. Alot of bird watching can be done here, too, if you're into that. This is one of my favorite places in NJ. If you get there early enough, you can watch the sun rise, and if you stay late enough, you can see it set on the other side. There is alot here from Mother Nature as this is a barrier island preserve. You cannot see much from the main road, but if you venture off into the paths, or along the waters edge, particulary the side facing the west, there are wonderful views. The area is abundant with plant life and dunes. You would be best to drive in, park and spend the day on bike and foot doing the trails. Bring lunch, water and your camera, but please take your garbage with you.

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Trail Information

Barnegat Light
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Fall, winter, spring
10 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10 feet
Top Elevation
Island Beach State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Barnegat Light, NJ
Local Maps