We had been waiting to visit Barnegat Lighthouse for quite some time. With the temperature in the 80s last Saturday, it was a perfect day to head out to the Beach. So, we go the opportunity to fulfill both our desires at a single place.
Barnegat Light is the northernmost community on the Long Beach Island (LBI) and derives its name from the Barnegat Lighthouse, which is one of the Jersey Shore’s most famous attractions. It is a quiet and relaxing shore town.
After reaching there, we were taken in for a pleasant surprise since along the Lighthouse, there is a long walkway (almost a mile) made of huge rocks, which provides for an amazing stroll along the bay. We could see boats coming and going from the bay, birds and sea life.
Before taking this long walk, we headed up on the Lighthouse, the ticket for which is priced reasonably at $3 for an adult. There are 217 steps that lead up to the light. Once at the top, the views were stunning. One can see wonderful views of the LBI, the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet and Island Beach State Park (see the long stripe at the top in the picture below).
The Island Beach State Park looks quite beautiful from the Lighthouse, but there is another way to reach there, that would take almost an hour from where we were. Since our day was reserved for the Barnegat Lighthouse, Beach and other surprising activities there, I will continue with our Barnegat experience with thoughts of writing more about Island Beach State Park when we actually visit it.
We spent a cool and breezy half-an-hour at the top of Lighthouse and hardly wanted to come down. But then we could see the pathway and beach in the distance, which were so inviting. So, we headed down and out and right away onto the mile-long stroll. It was a very relaxing walk since the rocks are huge and we could see many people fishing. At the end of it is the beach, which was gorgeous. We spent a very soothing time, amazed by the beauty of the place.
After coming back to the foot of the Lighthouse after a couple of hours, we also did a short 0.2 mile walk along a loop trail, which branches off near the visitor center, to see the birds and plants. It is a small piece of land, and is about the only forested area left on Long Beach Island. The forest is dominated by Black Cherry, Sassafras, Eastern Red Cedar, and American Holly.
Spring and fall migration are great times to see a variety of birds. The combination of conditions there provide for a rich natural habitat.
Having spent almost a day, we headed back home, but not before doing some shopping at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets 🙂