Garden State Parkway South to Exit 117. Take Route 36 East, following signs for Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreational Area, for approximately twelve (12) miles.
Garden State Parkway North to Exit 105. Take Route 36 (Joline Ave.) to Ocean Boulevard intersection Turn left at traffic light to follow Route 36 (Ocean Boulevard); go approximately eight (8) miles. Follow signs for Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.
Drive straight ahead on main road approximately four (4) miles to historic Fort Hancock. At the Nike Missile Monument (Guardian Park) bear right onto Magruder Road. Go one-tenth (0.1) mile and turn left into the entrance of NJSGC’s parking lot (BEFORE the NOAA,/James. J. Howard Marine Lab).
The National Park Service operates a fee plaza at the entrance to Sandy Hook, collecting beach fees between Memorial Day and Labor Day. NJSGC visitors do not need to pay. Inform the Ranger that you are attending an NJSGC activity. During summer, please plan extra time (up to 30 minutes) to pass through the fee plaza.