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Summer vacationers and anglers flock to Highlands, connected by bridge to the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Like neighboring Highlands Beach and Atlantic Highlands, the town's name refers to hills that rise abruptly from the shore.
Nearby 266-foot Mount Mitchill is one of the first points of land sighted by ships bound for New York Harbor. Ocean Boulevard, a scenic drive off SR 36, connects Highlands to Atlantic Highlands. The Highlands hills provided the setting for James Fenimore Cooper's 1831 novel “The Water Witch”; the title refers to the hero's vessel, which hid among the coves of Sandy Hook.
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