Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, New Jersey 8752

Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Island Beach State Park (ten miles long but just a few hundred yards wide) protects one of the best unspoiled barrier island ecosystems on the North Atlantic. Unburdened by boardwalks and beach houses, life here continues to adapt to turbulent coastal conditions begun less than 15,000 years ago.

This 4.1-mile walk explores three park locales. It begins with a tour of the Aeolium Nature Center and stroll along its 0.1-mile self-guiding trail. It continues with a 0.5-mile out-and-back walk from beach to back bay, and ends with a 3.5-mile out-and-back hike along ocean beach to the south tip of the park, where a jetty juts seaward, offering views of Barnegat Inlet and Barnegat Light."

Island Beach State Park Reviews

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This is a fabulous barrier island natural preserve with great views, abundant plant life, sand dunes, peace and quiet. There are many paths and trails to follow, or you can keep your eye out for unmarked ones and see where they take you. Best to drive in by car, but bring your bike to get to the trails, but you'll need to leave your bike behind to walk the trails. Bring your lunch, water, camera---but take your garbage with you. If you get there early, you can see the sun rise in the East and set in the west after a full day of hiking and relaxing at your own pace. This is my favorite NJ spot.

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Trail Information

Seaside Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours

Activity Feed

Jul 2018