Sandy Hook Unit Reopening With Restrictions May 9

Beginning May 9, Gateway National Recreation Area will reopen access to the Sandy Hook Unit with certain restrictions in place. Beginning May 9, the following sites will be open for passive recreation from 5 am to 7 pm daily:
  • Parking lots B, C, D, E, and G will be open at 50% capacity
  • Most trails including the Multi Use Path
  • Both ocean and bay-side beaches will be accessible for passive recreation (beaches will not be lifeguarded)
  • 2019 Fishing Permits will be honored for access.

Passive recreation includes activities such as:
  • running
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • kayaking.

Prohibited activities:
  • swimming
  • picnicking
  • group gatherings and activities.

Permanent restroom facilities will remain closed; however, portable units will be available for public use. There will be limited garbage services. Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles (carry in, carry out).

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Sandy Hook Campground
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Visitor Center
  • History House
  • Fort Hancock Museum
  • Guardian Park Picnic Area
  • Parking Lot A
  • North Beach / K Lot
  • All gun batteries and fortifications

Last updated: May 2, 2020

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