Island Beach State Park Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The best time to explore this barrier island is between Labor Day and Memorial Day, when the crowds are gone and parking is plentiful. During spring and winter months, dress warmly because the breezes off the ocean can make the temperature seem quite chilly.
Binoculars will come in handy for zooming in on a few of the 240 species of birds that frequent the area; among them are three on the endangered species list—the black skimmer, least tern, and piping plover. You’ll feel the salt spray from the waves breaking onshore, and the hike will lead you to a fine view of the Barnegat Lighthouse, built in 1858."