Barnegat Light in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Maritime Forest Trail
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
When Cornelius May christened Barnegat Inlet “Barendegat” or “Breakers Inlet” in 1614, a vast maritime forest covered the barrier islands of New Jersey. Today, only small pockets of this habitat remain as a glimpse of what these forests were like. One of the last remnants of maritime forest on Long Beach Island exists at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.
Behind the protection of the primary dunes, American holly, black cherry, sassafras, Eastern red cedar, shadbush, and hackberry form a dense canopy that provides resting and feeding habitat for many species of birds during migration. The bright colors and melodic calls of these “tropical travelers” will delight the visitor during the spring and fall migrations.
This .2 mile loop trail contains a surprising array of barrier island plants and birds. Many of these plants are indicated on trailside exhibits. When you emerge from the forest, look for coastal birds including gulls, oystercatchers, brown pelicans, terns, and black skimmers. Watch for peregrine falcons that frequent the top of “Olí Barney.”
This trail contains soft sand and a moderate incline. Please stay on the trail. For you protection, footwear is required and bicycles are not
Erected by State of New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry and National Park System.
Location. 39° 45.81′ N, 74° 6.355′ W. Marker is in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker can be reached from Broadway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, near the lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Barnegat Light NJ 08006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Salty Survivors (a few steps from this marker); Maritime Sentinels (within shouting distance of this marker); Vigilant Guardian (within shouting distance of this marker); Massacre at Long Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Merchant Marine WW II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnegat Lighthouse (about 300 feet away); Birds of the Beach (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnegat Light.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker contains a photograph showing the “View of maritime forest from the top of Barnegat Lighthouse.” Also on the marker are pictures of birds that might be seen on the Maritime Forest Trail. These include the Scarlet Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. New Jersey Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on July 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.