The Raritan Bayshore region of New Jersey is a subregion of the larger Jersey Shore. It is the area around Raritan Bay from The Brunswicks to Sandy Hook, in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, including the towns of New Brunswick, home of Rutgers University, Edison, Perth Amboy, Keyport, "Pearl of the Bayshore", Keansburg, and Highlands, New Jersey. It is the northernmost part of the Jersey Shore, located just south of New York City. At Keansburg is a traditional amusement park while at Sandy Hook are found ocean beaches. The Sadowski Parkway beach area in Perth Amboy, which lies at the mouth of the Raritan River, was deemed the "Riviera of New Jersey" by local government. In the last years many of the beaches on the Bayshore area have been rediscovered and upgraded as the quality of the water continues to improve.
Henry Hudson and the Half Moon
In September 1609, the Halve Maen, anchored along the shores of the Raritan Bay, and remained for five days to explore the estuary and establish contact with local Lenape people (who later become known as the Navesink and Raritan). Four his crew were sent up the Arthur Kill and to Newark Bay. Upon their return they were attacked and one of them, John Colman was fatally shot by arrow. Taken ashore to be buried, the spot was christened Coleman's Point. The location Keansburg still bears the name.
Popular attractions in the Bayshore area include Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg, Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands, Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, and Rutgers Gardens in North Brunswick. There are also beaches in both of The Amboys, Old Bridge, the Cliffwood Beach section of Aberdeen, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, and Middletown. There are also non-commercial boardwalks in Perth Amboy and Keansburg
Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan
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The Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan is an effort by nine municipalities in northern Monmouth County, New Jersey to reinvigorate the area's economy by emphasizing the traditional downtowns, dense residential neighborhoods, maritime history, and the natural beauty of the Raritan Bay coastline, especially along the Route 36 corridor along Sandy Hook Bay.
The Plan will be developed in collaboration with Monmouth County and the Region's nine municipalities as well as other stakeholders with an interest in the preservation, growth and redevelopment of the Bayshore area. Representatives from State agencies including the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth will be asked to participate in the effort.
In August 2006 the report was released, and Monmouth County was asked to vote to have the county planning board approve the plan the Bayshore organization has created.
Sandy Hook Bay
Sandy Hook Bay is a triangular arm of the Raritan Bay, along the coast of northern New Jersey in the United States. It is formed along the south side of Lower New York Bay by Sandy Hook, a spit of land that protects the bay from the open Atlantic Ocean. The bay provides a sheltered marina for pleasure craft, as well as a harbor for the United States Coast Guard. It is fed by the Shrewsbury River estuary. It is bounded on the west side by the Naval Weapons Station Earle pier.
Nature, tourism, and recreation
The Henry Hudson Trail is a bicycling and hiking trail which runs parallel to the southern shore of Raritan Bay.
The Bayshore area is mostly flat areas of beach, with the exception of the hills between the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay. Mount Mitchill, a 266-foot (81 m) hill in Atlantic Highlands, is the highest. To the east of Mt. Mitchill are the Twin Lights Lighthouse of Highlands, with unobstructed views of Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline. Hartshorne Woods Park is also located in the Monmouth Hills to the south on the banks of the Navesink River.
- Fort Hancock served as part of the harbor's coastal defense system from 1895 until 1974 and contains 100 historic buildings and fortifications.
- Sandy Hook contains seven beaches, including Gunnison Beach, a "nude beach" by custom, as well as salt marshes and a maritime holly forest. Fishing and using hand-launched vessels are popular here.
- Chapel Hill Rear Range Light, Sandy Hook Bay (deactivated 1957)
- Conover Beacon, Leonardo
- Great Beds Light, South Amboy
- Navesink Twin Lights, Highlands
- Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Sandy Hook.
The Belford ferry slip is New York Waterway's Raritan Bayshore terminal with service to Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal in Jersey City and Wall Street-Pier 11 and West Midtown Ferry Terminal in New York City.
North Jersey Coast Line
- NJT bus 834 travels to the Red Bank bus terminal along Route 36.
- Academy Bus runs regular service in to points in New Jersey and New York City
- Sandler, Corey (2007), Henry Hudson Dreams and Obsession, Citadel Press, ISBN 978-0-8065-2739-0
- Keansburg Historical Society, accessed April 10, 2007.
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- Bowes, Karen E. (August 30, 2006). "Blueprint complete for improved Rt. 36: County to vote on Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan". Holmdel Independent. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
- Great Blue Hill at 635 feet (194 m) and Todt Hill on nearby Staten Island at 410 feet (120 m) are higher than Mitchill
- Fort Hancock (National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy)
- New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
- Monmouth County's Belford Ferry Terminal
- NJT bus 834 schedule
- Bayshore Regional Strategic Plan
- Final Copy of the Bayshore Region Strategic Plan
- The Bayshore
- Henry Hudson Trail
- Henry Hudson Regional Alumni Association
- Hartshorne Woods Park
- Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club