Gateway National Recreation Area

Before America was a nation, what became New York Harbor welcomed adventurers and settlers alike to the New World. Today, the harbor's beaches and islands make up Gateway National Recreation Area, established in 1972. Spanning two states, New York and New Jersey, Gateway appeals to a wide variety of visitors who can check out military installations, wildlife refuges, and historical sites while enjoying exceptional views of the Manhattan skyline. If you're visiting the New York metropolitan area, a side trip to explore Gateway is a welcome break from the city's bustle. 

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Gateway National Recreation Area

People love RVing because it's a convenient and comfortable way to visit national parks. You can drive around or establish a home base and explore from there. If you've wanted to check out RV life without a big commitment, renting a vehicle is the way to go. RVshare makes the rental process manageable for everyone.

RV Rentals Near Gateway National Recreation Area

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Gateway National Recreation Area

Although it's within two states, Gateway National Recreation Area is surprisingly compact and diverse. Sandy Hook's beaches, Jamaica Bay's wildlife, and Staten Island's military bases please visitors of all interests. Best of all, New York City and all its attractions are right there as well.

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How To Get To Gateway National Recreation Area

The Sandy Hook Unit is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway. Take Exit 138 to State Route 36, and follow the signs. For the Staten Island and Queens units, it's much easier to take public transportation as parking is extremely limited. Numerous train and bus routes, as well as ferries, are available to those areas. 


26 Hudson Road, Highlands, NJ 07732 (Sandy Hook) 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 (Jamaica Bay)

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Person)

There is no entry fee.

It may be in the shadow of one of the biggest cities in the world, but Gateway National Recreation Area has something for everyone. History, nature, and beautiful beaches combine with city amenities to make your visit memorable. In an RV, you can have a home away from home as you explore this popular national site.