Sandy Hook Area E - Visitor Center

Highlands, New Jersey

After Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Visitor Center was relocated to the Lightkeeper’s Quarters at the north end of the park. Here you can get information about tours and other park information. The old location for the visitor center, the beach which this page is referring to, is Beach E.
This Atlantic Ocean beach is located at the old Sandy Hook Visitor Center near Highlands on the Sandy Hook barrier spit. You will find beach wheelchairs at the vistor center. The visitor center is also the start of a hiking trail where you can watch for a variety of birds. Concessions can be purchased at Beach Area E. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am-6pm. Parts of Sandy Hook were damaged during Hurricane Sandy and many areas remain closed. Please check the status of the beach before planning your visit.

Parking in beach lots is $15 per day or $75 per season for standard vehicles from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is important to take note that if you are trying to visit on a weekend in the summer, the parking lots fill up early so the gates will close. This parking fee is also only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Otherwise there are no fees to enter. Pets are not allowed on Sandy Hook (with the exception of service animals). Additionally, the beaches have a “trash free” policy meaning that any trash you bring with you must be brought back (there are no trash cans provided in the area).
This is a lifeguarded beach for visitor’s safety and lifeguards are on duty once again from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend between 10 AM and 6 PM. Beach E has extremely soft and nice sand, but still be careful walking barefoot on hot days.

This is a great beach to visit, but be sure to check the website for any updates or changes before you go: https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/new-york-national-parks/gateway-national-recreation-area-park-at-a-glance/gateway-national-recreation-area-sandy-hook-unit-overview/

Updated June 2021

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. NY / NJ Baykeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 1st, 2021 at 9:58 AM.
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Current Weather
16°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Sandy Hook Area E - Visitor Center is sampled weekly from May 18th to September 7th.

Source Information

The Department of Environmental Protection monitors water quality at beaches in this region from mid-May to mid-September. Water samples are collected weekly and posted to the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program website or on the beach hotline: 1-800-648-SAND.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday through Friday throughout the monitoring season.

A beach is marked Green when water samples show enterococci counts below 104 units/ 100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when samples have enterococci counts above 104 units/ 100 ml of water or when the state issues an advisory due to other environmental concerns.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

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Sandy Hook Area E - Visitor Center

Highlands, New Jersey

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. NY / NJ Baykeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 1st, 2021 at 9:58 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
16°C
Clear and sunny

After Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Visitor Center was relocated to the Lightkeeper’s Quarters at the north end of the park. Here you can get information about tours and other park information. The old location for the visitor center, the beach which this page is referring to, is Beach E.
This Atlantic Ocean beach is located at the old Sandy Hook Visitor Center near Highlands on the Sandy Hook barrier spit. You will find beach wheelchairs at the vistor center. The visitor center is also the start of a hiking trail where you can watch for a variety of birds. Concessions can be purchased at Beach Area E. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am-6pm. Parts of Sandy Hook were damaged during Hurricane Sandy and many areas remain closed. Please check the status of the beach before planning your visit.

Parking in beach lots is $15 per day or $75 per season for standard vehicles from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is important to take note that if you are trying to visit on a weekend in the summer, the parking lots fill up early so the gates will close. This parking fee is also only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Otherwise there are no fees to enter. Pets are not allowed on Sandy Hook (with the exception of service animals). Additionally, the beaches have a “trash free” policy meaning that any trash you bring with you must be brought back (there are no trash cans provided in the area).
This is a lifeguarded beach for visitor’s safety and lifeguards are on duty once again from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend between 10 AM and 6 PM. Beach E has extremely soft and nice sand, but still be careful walking barefoot on hot days.

This is a great beach to visit, but be sure to check the website for any updates or changes before you go: https://npplan.com/parks-by-state/new-york-national-parks/gateway-national-recreation-area-park-at-a-glance/gateway-national-recreation-area-sandy-hook-unit-overview/

Updated June 2021

Monitoring Frequency

Sandy Hook Area E - Visitor Center is sampled weekly from May 18th to September 7th.

Source Information

The Department of Environmental Protection monitors water quality at beaches in this region from mid-May to mid-September. Water samples are collected weekly and posted to the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program website or on the beach hotline: 1-800-648-SAND.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday through Friday throughout the monitoring season.

A beach is marked Green when water samples show enterococci counts below 104 units/ 100 ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when samples have enterococci counts above 104 units/ 100 ml of water or when the state issues an advisory due to other environmental concerns.

A beach is marked Grey when reliable or up-to-date information is not available.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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