Long Island Parks: Camp Hero State Park


Camp Hero State Park is located in Montauk, New York just steps west from the Lighthouse park. Directions: Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) east to the end. The park is approximately 130 miles from New York City.

Contact Information: 1898 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954. Phone: (631) 668-3781

Near LighthouseCamp Hero State Park is located in Montauk, New York just steps west from the Lighthouse park.

Camp Hero State Park A sign welcomes visitors to Camp Hero State Park is located in Montauk, New York.

Nature Reserve Sign Nature reserve sign details fines and enforcement contacts.

Map Camp Hero State Park A map of the area at Camp Hero State Park.

Animal Abandonment Sign A sign reminds visitors that animal abandonment is illegal.

Area: Camp Hero State Park encompasses some 415 acres of the most precious part of Long Island. Diverse landscape includes heavily wooded areas, a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean, and an historic military installation. It remains very close today to the state in which it was when tribes crossed over the narrow strip of land that distantly joined Asia and North America thousands of years ago. Such wilderness and diversity of habitats is a very rare first hand experience anywhere in our conventional world.

Anti-Aircraft Training at Camp Hero A sign details the history of Anti-Aircraft Training at Camp Hero.

Warning: Bluff Warning: Bluff undermined, keep back 25 feet.

Spectacular Ocean Views  Spectacular ocean views and dramatic bluffs rising from the beach.

Steep Bluffs Steep bluffs arise from the sandy beach evoke awe and inspiration.

Keep Back 25 Feet A sign reminds visitors to keep back 25 feet.

Overview: The Park is known as a former military base located at Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island New York. Vacationers should enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic while the steep bluffs that arise from the sandy beach evoke awe and inspiration to many. The pristine maritime forests, freshwater wetlands, and dramatic bluffs rising from the beach provide for plenty of activities and attractions at Camp Hero.

Bluffs Spectacular ocean views and dramatic bluffs rising from the beach.

Bluffs Steep bluffs arise from the sandy beach evoke awe and inspiration.

Bluffs Spectacular ocean views and dramatic bluffs rising from the beach.

Steep BluffsSteep bluffs arise from the sandy beach evoke awe and inspiration.

Picnicking One of several areas for picnicking.

History: In 1929, the local government established Fort Hero on the point just south of the lighthouse. It was named after Major General Andrew Hero Jr., who was the Army’s Chief of Coast Artillery between 1926 and 1930. The whole facility, with U.S. Army and Coast Guard constituents, was officially known as the “US Military Reservation”, but the locals just called it “Camp Hero”. The park was decommissioned in the 1980s, and it is now owned by the New York State Department of Parks as Camp Hero State Park.

Battery 13 Battery Dunn, also called Battery 13, a military coastal gun defense area built and named after Colonel John M. Dunn

Montauk Air Force Station Montauk Air Force Station, first established in 1948.

Camp Hero State ParkCamp Hero State Park memorial.

Camp Hero State Park Camp Hero State Park, AN/FPS-35 radar dish in the background.

Picnicking One of several areas for picnicking.

AN/FPS-35 Radar Dish AN/FPS-35 radar dish at Camp Hero State Park, Montauk, New York.

Facilities: Camp Hero boasts some of the best surf fishing locations in the world, open 24 hours a day to fishermen with permits, and areas for picnicking. Common game fish found in this area are striped bass and bluefish. It has also an extensive system of trails to challenge hikers, cyclists, and those who choose to explore on horseback. Cross-country skiing is possible in the winter season.

Seasons/Hours: Open year-round, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on a leash no more than six feet long.

Attractions:

Beach

Bridle Path

Fishing

X-Country Skiing

Biking

Empire Passport Accepted

Hiking



Find a list of Long Island Parks in our parks and recreation section.



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