Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light, Ocean County, NJ (609) 494-2016
32 Acres


Directions:

Located on Long Beach Island, in town of Barnegat Light. Parkway exit 63 to Rt.72 east. Make a left at Long Beach Island (after 2 lights). Travel 8 miles north, bear left onto Broadway. Park is on right.


History:

Barnegat means "breakers' inlet" or "gate at end of barrens."

Barnegat Lighthouse is 170 feet tall. 217 steps to the lightkeeper's catwalk for great view. A panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island awaits visitors at the top of the lighthouse.

The site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.


Facilities:

Park: open 8am-10pm. All Year
Lighthouse: open 9am-4:30pm. Lighthouse admission is $1 per person.
Open every day from May-Oct. Weekends only during Nov-April

A 1,033-foot concrete walkway with handrails on top of the south jetty provides fishing access for people with disabilities.


Habitats:

Beach, forest, and inlet.

One of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey is found at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. The forest, which is dominated by black cherry, eastern red cedar and American holly, is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey to and from their breeding sites. A short self-guided trail leads through the forest.