Naval Weapons Station Earle is located approximately one hour south of New York City, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Nearness to the metropolitan area and the New Jersey shore is favorable not only because of commercial and industrial activities being conveniently accessible, but also for the cultural and recreational opportunities available for our military personnel, civilian employees and their families.
The entrance to the inland area (called Mainside) is off New Jersey State Highway 34, approximately ½ mile south of where the highway intersects Route 357 in Colts Neck. About 10 miles west is Freehold, the Monmouth County seat; the city of Asbury Park lies about the same distance to the east.
NWS Earle’s Waterfront site, which boasts the second longest finger pier in the world, is located on Sandy Hook Bay adjacent to the town of Leonardo. The entrance to the Waterfront is off New Jersey State Highway 36. The 2.9 mile finger pier complex, the only one of its type in the United States, is outfitted with excellent rail and truck accommodations. It is here at the four deep water berths that thousands of tons of ammunition are loaded and offloaded annually under stringent safety measures in support of the Navy’s worldwide commitments. Mainside and Waterfront are connected by a 15-mile corridor with a rail line and parallel roadway; both government owned and protected. This roadway, named Normandy Road, has seven crossings to facilitate east-west passage by the civilian population. The rail line is connected directly with spurs of CONRAIL, permitting efficient movement of ordnance on and off the station.
How to Get To Naval Weapons Station Earle – Mainside
From the north:
Take the Garden State Parkway South to the Route 9 exit (123) near South Amboy. Take Route 9 south approximately 8 miles to Route 18(left lane exit). Take Route 18 south approximately 10 miles to the Route 34 south exit. The entrance to Naval Weapons Station Earle will be on the left side at the first light.
From the south:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike north and get off at exit 7A (I-195 east/Shore Points). Continue on I-195 east to exit 35B which is Route 34 north. Follow Route 34 north for approximately 7 miles. The base will be on the right side of the road.
201 Route 34, Colts Neck, NJ, 07722
How To Get To Waterfront
From Mainside or points south:
From the main gate, proceed north on Route 34 to Route 537. Make right onto Route 357 and continue to Hockhockson Road, make right, cross the tracks and turn left onto Normandy Road. Proceed north approximately 10 miles and bear left onto East Rd. Proceed on East Road a mile to Route 36. Make a right onto Route 36. After 1 mile, take jug handle right turn to cross back over Route 36 to Waterfront entrance.
From the north:
Take the Garden State Parkway south to exit 117, and take Route 36 east. Stay on Route 36 approximately 7 miles. As above, take jug handle to Waterfront Gate.
801 Highway 36, Leonardo, NJ 07737