Hiking Historic Atlantic Highlands

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If you’re looking for a quick hike with views, wildlife, and history, Hartshorne Woods Park in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is the place for you to explore.

Take a day trip to Central Jersey and see what it has in store!

Take a hike through history

Hartshorne Woods Park has a variety of different trails, through the woods and on paved ground, which makes it easy for anyone to explore this spot.

Before or after your hike, be sure to check out the Battery Lewis area of the park.

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The property on which Hartshorne Woods Park now sits was a defense site during World War II, built to defend the New York Harbor.

During this time, batteries for heavy artillery were built to “modernize coastal defense efforts.” These batteries (and a replica of a gun barrel) can still be seen today.

Read more from the Monmouth County Parks system.

See wildlife

You can even walk on top of the battery, overlooking the Navesink River — see if you can spot any birds!

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Keep your eyes peeled for deer or another wildlife roaming around, especially at dusk.

Need tips on how to take the best wildlife pictures? Check out our guide.

Check out other nearby Central Jersey Locations

Central Jersey exists! And there are some great photo opportunities to check out while you’re in the area.

Here are some nearby photo-ops that you may have seen on Instagram or in our guides:

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