Hiking New Jersey: Island Beach State Park [VIDEO]
We continue our series "Hiking New Jersey" with a stop closer to home right here at the Jersey Shore in Ocean County at Island Beach State Park. This, of course, is a much different hike than previous because it is a flat hike with lots of beach sand. So with Island Beach, you won't have any inclined walking, but the beach sand does make it a strenuous walk when dealing with beach sand. One thing we did notice is that following heavy rains like we had over the weekend, a lot of the trails were flooded in spots, so you may want to consider that when planning a trip.
Island Beach is a beautiful "seashore" state park here in New Jersey and in the "Off Season" you'll find it easier to get in and out and find parking, however keep in mind that between Memorial Day and Labor Day it is a very popular summer destination, with thousands flocking each year for a summer getaway. There is a nominal fee for the park entrance so have some cash on hand when entering. There are bathroom facilities sprinkled throughout the park.
There are several trails to use for hiking, some more beach front and some through the wooded sections of the park. It is a great place to bring the camera along for your hike and they have osprey nests with cameras that you can check out! You'll get a visitors guide when entering the park with lots of information.
If you're making a trip you can pack lunch or stop off at any of the great restaurants/cafe's that are right there in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. NJHiking.com has a complete breakdown of the park. We enjoyed our day at Island Beach and we'll be back this summer! Check out the video below: