Long Island Parks: Hither Hills State Park
Directions: The state park is located in Suffolk County, on the south shore near the eastern tip of Long Island (122 miles East of New York City), New York. Take the Long Island Expressway East to exit 70S, South on Route 111 (Manorville Road) to Route 27 East (Sunrise Highway). Take Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) East to the park entrance on Route 27A (Old Montauk Highway).
50 South Fairview Avenue
Phone: (631) 668-2554
Reservations: (800) 456-2267
Overview: Enjoy two miles of oceanfront beach and a 40 acre freshwater lake and the environmentally sensitive “Walking Dunes” while visiting Hither Hills State Park. The park is mostly attracts local vacationers who set up canvas tents or surplus, reinforced Army shelters on grassy campgrounds behind the beach. In recent time, the famous beachfront campground is scattered by mobile accommodations that range from waterproof nylon tents to $100,000 recreational vehicles with high-speed computers and cable television.
Facilities: Hither Hills State Park offers a beach, picnic tables, a playground, recreation programs, a nature trail, hiking, a bridle path, hunting, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites that face the ocean, cross-country skiing, and a food concession. Anglers can fish year-round and acquire permits to fish at night. The unique “walking dunes” of Napeague Harbor are located on the eastern boundary of the park, which also has woodlands filled with Russian olive, oak, shad, and pine trees.
Seasons/Hours: Park is open year round, 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Campsites are available from early April to mid-November. Big game and small game hunting are permitted during season.
Pets: Dogs are only animals allowed in the park. Access in certain parks only, on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in camping, bathing and picnic areas. Not allowed in buildings or on walkways.