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Fort Hancock New Jersey

Fort Hancock New Jersey

Fort Hancock New Jersey

Fort Hancock is a decommissioned Army base at the Northeastern tip of the New Jersey shore. The fort was decommissioned in 1974 and is now being managed by the National Parks Service as a part of the National Parks of New York Harbor System. Sections of the fort complex were constructed as early as 1859. The concrete batteries pictured here were constructed in the 1890s. The NPS appeared to be taking a hands off approach to managing the fort when I visited in 2006. Many buildings in the fort complex are badly deteriorated including former military housing, storage and office buildings as well as defensive structures like the one pictured. It's an interesting place to explore. It was unclear to me when I was there which places were okay to climb around and which places were off limits. Fort Hancock is next to the beach and from the beach is a good view of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Coney Island in NYC.

More about the fort at the National Park Service website.

Fort Hancock

Fort Hancock New Jersey