Bike Trails NJ. Sandy Hook Trail

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Last updated 12/31/2013

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My wife, brother and I are bicycle enthusiasts who enjoy riding the ever increasing number of rail / canal trails mostly in the Northeastern US. We also do volunteer work for NOAA by recovering US Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmarks. We often combine these hobbies while trail riding. Information on Benchmarks is available here:

We have been riding these trails for over 10 years now and I decided to share some of the .GPX files I’ve created. The files were compiled using a variety of resources including:


Garmin’s Mapsource & Basecamp software

USCGS Topographic GPS Map Files. Available free for many States here:

Google Earth

Garmin’s Birds Eye Imagery

Various Internet & Print resources

National Parks Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit website:

National Parks Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Hancock website:

Official Tourism Website NJ / Sandy Hook:

Personal Knowledge

These .GPX files include tracks for trails, waypoints for significant features along trails, parking areas, bicycle shops along or adjacent to trails, campgrounds and USCGS Benchmarks along or near trails. All waypoints include elevation data for use in plotting trail slope and planning outings.

This file is New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Trail. The paved, relatively short 8 mile trail winds its way North from Sea Bright through scenic coastal dunes, past ocean views, ending at historic Fort Hancock. After you’ve ridden the trail, the Sandy Hook lighthouse and museum along with Fort Hancock’s many exhibits are well worth investigating.

Note that as of my last visit in September, 2013, all trail damage left by hurricane Sandy has been repaired.

Free, legal 24 and 100K topo map downloads for NJ are available here: Segments of these maps covering the above trail can be loaded into older GPS receivers with limited memory using Garmin’s Mapinstall program available here:

I’ll post more trail files as I update and clean them up.

I always enjoy conversing with fellow bike trail enthusiasts so please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, inclusions or revisions. – Enjoy!

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  • charlesd45 - Jan 17, 2016