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.