The Hither Hills State Park is located in Montauk, New York within Suffolk County, on the south shore near the eastern tip of Long Island (122 miles East of New York City). Directions: 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).
Contact Information: 164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954. Phone: (631) 668-2554. Vehicle Fees: $8 collected from 8AM to 4PM.
A sign welcomes visitors to Hither Hills State Park, family camping at its best.
A playground inside the parking lot area.
State efforts push to revitalize New York’s magnificent but aging state parks.
A place to sit and take it all in near the playground.
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 mostly attracts local vacationers who set up canvas tents or surplus, reinforced Army shelters on grassy campgrounds behind the beach. In recent times, the beachfront campground is scattered by mobile accommodations that range from waterproof nylon tents to $150,000 recreational vehicles with high-speed WiFi and cable television.
The visitors center just prior to entering the sandy beach.
Bathhouse, rest rooms and snack area.
There are no bicycles, scooters, skate boards or roller blades permitted on the boardwalk.
Wildlife Near the Seashore.
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.
Plants are the Guardians of the Dunes.
Lifeguards on Duty.
The Seashore is a Dining Room for Many Birds.
Treasures on the Beach.
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.
A sign tells beach-goers to stay off the dunes, use the crosswalk.
A bench on the lawn outside the rest rooms and snack area.
Only registered camping vehicles with a car pass are permitted beyond this point, which is on the east side. A similar section is also on the west side of the parking area.
A sign lets drivers know that Hither Hills State Park in on the right side of the road (when heading east).
Pets: Dogs are the 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.