A. Jerome Walnut Nature Trail – Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, NJ Distance – 0.25 miles total (one way), but paths off this trail can greatly extend your hike (we did 1 1/2 miles and could have extended it more) Type – U trail (ends do not connect, must backtrack or walk around the block) Difficulty: 3 of 10 – sand can be such a pain to walk in. Total score: 6 of 10
Website – None Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – dunes and beach Surface – Boardwalk and loose sand
Trailheads – 39°45’12.95″N, 74° 6’20.78″W OR 39°45’10.43″N, 74° 6’23.32″W
Updated the Maritime Trail with a few new pictures from our visit this weekend and a few more trail details. For those who have never been, this trail is really short (less than 1/4 mile), but offers a glimpse back into a time when the barrier islands of the Jersey shore were wood covered dunes, as well as great views of Barnegat Lighthouse. Don’t let the short length turn you off, this is one of our absolute favorite trails in South Jersey.
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Jetty Walk – Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – Barnegat Light, Ocean County, NJ Type: Out and back Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (Parking lot closes early and they will lock your car in. You can park just outside the entrance). Distance: About a mile out and back walk on the jetty (just under two miles total). Difficulty: 5 of 10 – rock hopping, occasional slippery spots. Total score: 8 of 10. Updated: March 5, 2017
Terrain – Ocean and bay views all around. Trailhead – starts at base of lighthouse- 39°45’51.83″N, 74° 6’22.08″W
Maritime Trail – Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – Barnegat Light, NJ (Ocean County) Type: Loop trail Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (Parking lot closes early and they will lock your car in. You can park just outside the entrance). Distance: 0.2 miles. Not a typo, 0.2 miles. But lots more to do in the park, like a mile out and back walk on the jetti (just under two miles total) and climbing the lighthouse Difficulty: 1 of 10. Total score: 8 of 10. Updated: January 16, 2017
Terrain – Dunes and history. Trailhead – Across from information center – 39°45’49.37″N, 74° 6’21.92″W