Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands
Highlands, NJ 07732
Pets on a leash are allowed in some areas of Gateway National Recreation Area, including on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year.
Pets are not permitted at
ocean-side beaches at Sandy Hook Unit from March 15 through Labor Day (piping plover season)
swimming beaches at Staten Island Unit's Great Kills Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point Tip (all within Jamaica Bay Unit) between March 15 and September 15 (piping plover season)
any part of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at any time of year
Before You Go Exploring in the USA
For a discussion on state law regarding cats, see here.
Most locations require pets to be on a leash less than 6 feet long.
Typically pets are not permitted in public buildings.
Cats are welcome:
in developed areas
on many trails and campgrounds
in some lodging facilities
Cats must be restrained, either on a leash (not exceeding 6 feet in length) or caged/crated.
Pets are not permitted:
in public buildings
designated swimming beaches
Cats are allowed in national forests, but must be kept on leash (less than 6 feet in length) while in developed recreation areas and interpretive trails.
Cats are not permitted in swimming areas.