Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Parking: Interpretive Center, Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, NJ. There was a $10/out of state car fee to enter the park. There are multiple parking lots, but at this parking lot, there were around 8 parking spots.
Rest rooms: At the Interpretive Center
Hike directions: Hiking New Jersey hike #49
Map: Island Beach State Park (also the book).
Hike description: A short trail starts at the nature center and heads towards the ocean. From there we headed south on the beach until we reached the end & turned around. There were occasional 4x4's on the beach - they drive them onto the beach to go fishing. But, otherwise it was pretty quiet. We were able to let the dogs off leash & run, just putting them on leash when we saw a 4x4 heading our way. I've seen photos from another person hiking here, where there were many, many more 4x4's on the beach.
Year to date miles: 74.4
|Sign for the parking area for the start of the hike|
|A sign said there was no beach access. However, there is a short nature trail that starts between these two buildings.|
|We arrived at a T intersection, where we turned right.|
Once we hit the ocean, we turned right and kept walking.
|Lighthouse, which you can't walk to. Some areas near the end of the beach were fenced off with snow fencing.|
In addition, one area was roped off with string (which we didn't see until we walked into - to protect some plants.
|This is an out and back. Turned around once we reached the jetty, to return to our starting place.|
The sign to where you leave the beach to return to the nature center says #16.
|It was a super windy day, with lots of blowing sand at times.|
Even the spray from the waves was blowing backwards.
|There was a large plume of smoke covering the sun. We were guessing this came from the pine barrens.|
Our original hiking plan was to hike in the pine barrens, but they were doing a controlled burn of the forest there.