Lighthouse Road Highlands NJ 07732 USA

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Twin Lights tries to maintain hours of operation as they are posted. However, there are times when unforeseen changes will occur in the hours of operation and to the daily schedule. Please call the site and speak with someone if you are planning a visit. In the case of inclement weather, please note that the site may not be accessible for visitors or staff. 

Hours of Operation  are as follows:
Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 10 AM-12 PM AND 1 PM-4 PM

Sunday: 10 AM-12 PM AND 1 PM-4 PM

Winter hours in effect during January and February.

High on the Hill

The Twin Lights overlook—and are part of—the borough of Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The eastern part of town features a high bluff that backs onto Hartshorne Woods. On the western edge rises Mt. Mitchill, at 260 feet the highest point on the Atlantic Seaboard. Much of the remaining part of Highlands is actually a relatively low-lying area. The population is approximately 5,500.

The video seen in this presentation was obtained through the issuance of a Special Use Permit  to The Twin Lights Historical Society. The Society is the Officially Recognized Friends Group of the Twin Lights State Historic Site. The Society was granted a one-time only Special Use Permit in order to provide the images seen in this presentation. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are specifically prohibited within all lands and waters administered by the NJ State Park Service.

Highlands is unusual in that it is one of the few New Jersey towns that people don’t have to go through to “get somewhere else.” This has insulated Highlands from the dynamic changes that have characterized the rest of the county in the last few generations. A large percentage of the families in Highlands have lived there continuously since the borough was incorporated in 1900. Several trace their roots back even farther, when it was known as the sleepy clamming village of Parkertown.

Prior to that, Highlands was settled by Dutch and English traders. Originally, Highlands had been a popular summer spot with various Native Americans tribes, who referred to it as the “good fishing place,” or navesink. The estuary flowing inland from Sandy Hook Bay past Highlands is the Navesink River. It is worth noting that in the countless interactions between European settlers and Native Americans over the centuries, no blood appears to have been spilled in conflict over this roughly mile-square patch of land.

Today, Highlands serves as a commuter hub to New York City thanks to high-speed ferry service run by Seastreak. The town is also known for its popular restaurants—including Bay Avenue Trattoria and Bahr’s—and for its annual Clam Festival.

Directions
From North Jersey: Garden State Parkway South to Exit 117 (Keyport/Hazlet) to Highway 36 South (East) for 12 miles to Highlands. Make the last right turn before the Highlands Bridge, which is Portland Rd. (Off The Hook Restaurant is on the corner). Make a second immediate right turn onto Highland Avenue and pass condominiums on left. Bear left onto Lighthouse Road (look for Twin Lights signage); follow into the Twin Lights parking lot. Please drive slowly the road is steep and narrow!

From South Jersey: Garden State Parkway North to Exit 105* (Tinton Falls/Eatontown); Follow Highway 36 North (East) to Long Branch (also known as Joline Ave); Highway 36 turns left onto Ocean Ave. and heads north. Go through the towns of Monmouth Beac and Seabright. Stay to the left as you near the entrance to Sandy Hook/Gateway National Recreation Area and instead cross the Highlands Bridge. You will see the Twin Light ahead of you, to the left. Take the first right turn off the bridge into Highlands** and then loop down under the bridge and up the other side; at the top of the hill go straight through the intersection onto Highland Ave. Bear left onto Lighthouse Road (look for Twin Lights signage); follow into the Twin Lights parking lot. Please drive slowly the road is steep and narrow! If you're coming from the beach at Sandy Hook, pick up the above directions at the Highlands Bridge.

From the West: Use any of the east-west arteries that connect with the Garden State Parkway and then follow the directions from North or South. From western and central Monmouth County, use any road system that connects with Rte. 36.

From the City: The forms of public transportation connect the Twin Lights with New York City the Seastreak Ferry and NJ Transit Buses. Get off the ferry at the Conners/Highlands stop. We're a 20-minute walk or short cab ride away. Don't forget you can take your bike on the ferry for a small additional fee. Contact Seastreak for details.

Walk-Bike-Hike: The Twin Lights are easily accessible from three popular hiking and biking trails. The scenic Henry Hudson Trail winds along Sandy Hook Bay into Highlands we're up the hill (and hard to miss!); just follow the signs. The western end of Hartshorne Woods County Park is just a few hundred yards away from the Twin Lights. Again, just follow the signs. From the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, just cross the Navesink River using the hike-bike path over the new Highlands Bridge and come on up the hill!

The Twin Light Historical Society is working with the New Jersey Parks Department to connect Sandy Hook and the Henry Hudson Trail through a new Twin Lights Trail. Click HERE for more info!

* On heavy beach-traffic days, consider exiting at 109 and using the Navesink Bridge between Rumson and Locust. Three right turns after crossing the bridge puts you on Rte. 36. Make the last right turn.