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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park originally lit in 1859 is on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, NJ. Visitors can catch the panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Long Beach Island at the top of lighthouse after climbing the 217 steps.

One of the last remnants of maritime forest on Long Beach Island is found at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. The forest, which is dominated by Black Cherry, Sassafras, 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. The Maritime Forest Trail is a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop trail through this unique environment.

This post is only concentrating on the historical nature of the lighthouse and the birding pictures will follow shortly in a separate post.

Sign at the entrance to the foot path heading to the lighthouse

Sign at the entrance to the foot path heading to the lighthouse

Spiral staircase heading to the top of the lighthouse

Spiral staircase heading to the top of the lighthouse

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the beach area of the park

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the beach area of the park

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the inlet area of Barnegat Bay

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the inlet area of Barnegat Bay

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the barrier islands

View from atop the lighthouse overlooking the barrier islands

View from atop the lighthouse looking straight down into Barnegat Bay

View from atop the lighthouse looking straight down into Barnegat Bay

Sign at the entrance of the lighthouse explaining comditions before climbing the 217 stairs

Sign at the entrance of the lighthouse explaining comditions before climbing the 217 stairs

Statue at the entrance of the lighthouse of the creator of the Barnegat Lighthouse

Statue at the entrance of the lighthouse of the creator of the Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse

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13 thoughts on “Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ

  1. very cool..has the light house been rebuilt…this isn’t the shape I would have expected for one so old…and the spiral staircase? looks like an interesting place to visit…I’m one of those people who enjoys visiting and reading all about these things…unfortunately wouldn’t be able to climb it as I’ve a motion/balance issue… 😦

    • Hi Heather. This lighthouse replaced an earlier one built in the 1830’s but this one was built in 1859 according the records I could find. It was closed for repairs in 1988 and reopened in 1991. It was also closed again in 2008 to reinstall a new light. It is open for tourists all year round but in the winter they have different hours. Sorry about your motion balance issue. The climb is worth it to see the panoramic views. I plan to go back on a more sunny day to get better pics from the top.

      • thanks for passing along the info…it looks like such an interesting place to visit, and yes the views would be amazing…you could see forever…sunny day pics would be amazing I’m sure.

  2. This post really brought back memories for me. My family has had a summer home on Long Beach Island for many years and I remember going to this lighthouse as a small child… over fifty years ago! Luckily our home was not damaged by Sandy. I now live in Chicago and have not been back for many years. I enjoyed seeing this…thanks!

    • Thanks for stopping by. Good to hear your home was spared from the hurricane. The lighthouse quickly became a favorite place for me to visit. I love going there to see all the different migrating birds. I hope you get to visit the lighthouse next time you are in NJ.

    • Thanks for visiting. The spiral staircase was a killer. I had to take a small break about halfway up. It is worth the trip to go to the top though. The views are amazing.

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