Island Heights Boardwalk

(Riverfront Boardwalk)

The Island Heights Boardwalk is a half mile long strolling Boardwalk nestled along the northern banks of the Toms River. It is known for its exquisite Victorian Architecture and quiet streets.

The western end of the Island Heights Boardwalk is located adjacent to where Lake Avenue intersects with River Avenue. The boardwalk proceeds along the riverfront easterly and ends at Simpson Avenue.

Pavilions and Piers
Island Heights Boardwalk

Island Heights Boardwalk

The Island Heights Boardwalk features a fantastic Pavilion and Pier located where Central Avenue meets River Avenue. The Pier is adjacent to the Ocean Gate Yacht Club.

Island Heights Railroad attracts Tourists
In 1883 a 1,800 foot bridge was constructed to span the Toms River between Pine Beach northerly to Island Heights. A manual draw bridge opened 40 feet to allow boats to pass through.

The north end of the bridge entered Island Heights adjacent to where the triangle of Ocean Gate Avenue, West End Avenue and River Avenue is located today. The tracks formed a way so the Train could turn around and return southerly to Pine Beach.

The Island Heights Train Station was constructed in 1884. The Edgewater Hotel located adjacent to the Boardwalk became a popular tourist destination. A bustling Lumber Yard and Coal House was located a mere 1/2 mile from the railroad.

It was the Railroad that first made the boardwalk a hub of activity. The bridge thrived until the 1920’s when the amount of passengers began to decrease. The last Train passed over the bridge in 1931 and it was dismantled in 1934. However, the Island Heights boardwalk continues to be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

About the Toms River

The Toms River is a 41.7-mile-long freshwater river and estuary in Ocean County, NJ. The Toms River rises in the northern Ocean County Pine Barrens and flows southeast and east, fed by several branches, before it empties into the Barnegat Bay.

The lower 5 miles of the river is a broad tidal estuary bustling with sailing, boating, water skiing, ice sailing, crabbing, fishing , marinas, yacht clubs, and even boasts a golf course. Several Riverfront Towns have a front row seat to all that the Toms River has to offer.

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