Escape to the Seashore in the Dunes at Island Beach State Park
One of the most peaceful and laidback places in the whole of New Jersey, Island Beach State Park offers almost 10 miles of beach, rolling sand dunes, marshes and forests. It's the perfect place to escape everyday life and get back to nature. Whether you are into water sports or just want to walk along the tideline, Island Beach could be a perfect vacation destination.
Best Hiking Trails in Island Beach State Park
This area is unspoiled and undeveloped, so hotels near Island Beach State Park are found in nearby Seaside Heights or Toms River. It's a short drive from those Island Beach State Park cabins or hotels into the area itself and there is plenty of parking to cater to visitors. The best way to explore Island Beach is on foot, perhaps on one of the following trails:
Close to the northern edge of the park, this trail leads east to west across the entire island. It's a short walk through woods, scrubland dunes, and eventually to the beach. Walking this trail is a great way to experience all of the habitats which the park has to offer.
This popular trail is along boardwalks, making it accessible for those in wheelchairs or pushing small children in strollers. Follow the boardwalk as it winds its way through the dunes and onto the pristine sandy beach.
A favorite with birdwatchers, this trail crosses the salt marsh which provides a rich habitat for songbirds. May and October are the best time of year to spot migrating birds, but there is lots to see at any time of year.
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Best Family Activities in Island Beach State Park
Active families will find lots to fill their time in Island Beach. Get back to nature by staying in one of the many cabins near Island Beach State Park, then consider renting bikes in Seaside Heights to make getting around the park easy. Once you are in Island Beach, families will have no difficulty keeping the kids entertained.
There is a section in the center of the beach which is great for swimming and staffed by lifeguards in the peak season. The restricted number of cars which are allowed into the park means the sea is never too crowded.
If you have your own kayaks you are free to explore at your own pace, anywhere in the Park without needing a licence. Novices can sign up to learn how to kayak or skills such as kayak fishing during the summer months.
A wide range of species such as bluefish and striped bass can be caught from the shore. What could be better than catching your own dinner?
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