Winter or Summer, Ride to the North Jersey Shore
Exiting Garden State Parkway's #114, south of the reeds and grasses of the tranquil Cheesequake estuary, a trip on Harley's Road King to New Jersey's north shore can be more rewarding than just another day at the beach. Panoramic vistas, educational exhibits, hiking trails, occasional wildlife sightings, musical rock groups, and good food may be enjoyed along the way. At Red Hill Road, just beyond the toll, start with a unique mix of suburban and pastoral riding. Drive east to Bamm Hollow Road, which becomes Oak Hill Road, turn south at Sleepy Hollow Road, and travel east on Cooper Road.
At the "Pavement Ends" sign, suppress the impulsive thought to turn around. Roll on one must to savor the sleepy town of Navesink and sites beyond in pursuit of signs pointing the way to the Mt. Mitchill Scenic Overlook. On a clear day, Mt. Mitchill provides a panoramic view of Raritan Bay, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the lower-Manhattan skyline, Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean.
Next, consider doubling-back from Mt. Mitchill and turning east on Route 36; or taking the longer Ocean Boulevard coastal tour west to Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, turning south on 1st Avenue and east on Route 36. After selecting from the aforementioned options follow the signs to Navesink Twin Lights.