Sunday, April 25, 2021

Cycling With the Osprey at Island Beach State Park

We planned to cycle in and out of 
Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. 
(There is a fee enter with a car from out of state.
To enter on bike is free.)

It was about 18 miles 
and provided 
lots of opportunities to stop and view 
the ocean or the bay. 

But the highlight for me 
was the Osprey activity. 
With 30 nesting pairs of osprey 
there was a lot of activity. 

Unlike my husband, 
I could watch them soar for hours. 

But even better....
they are nesting. 

If you are interested, 
this nest has a web cam 
where you can watch the activity live 
from the link below: 

Last time we were here 
we saw fox, 
which I was hoping to see again. 
Not this time though. 

Back to the ride. 
The road is paved and flat 
with a comfortable shoulder to ride on. 
Off season there isn't too much traffic. 
At this time it was mostly fisherman. 

Off season there are also plenty of 
available parking spots just outside the park 
so you don't have to pay to enter. 
However, it would be a long walk to the 
first beach access so I 
recommend parking inside if you aren't cycling. 

There are clean toilets in the park. 

1 comment:

Tamar SB said...

I used to love watching the Ospreys along the marsh! What a gem of a park.