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Hither Hills State Park
Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

Hither Hills State Park is the most popular campground park in New York State. Campsites are sold out nine months inMore advance. The park includes beachside campgrounds, playgrounds, athletic fields, beach, bathouse and general store. There are also picnic areas with barbeques. The recreation building by the main bathouse offers environmental programs, family movies, arts and crafts, a library, ping-pong, bumper pool, foosball and board games. Pets are not allowed in the campground.

High season reservations can be made at 1-800-456-camp. During low season (spring and fall) you can reserve a site in advance or walk up.


Shadmoor State Park
Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

Shadmoor State Park is named for the abundant shadbush that grows there, though it is probably best known for the twoMore concrete bunkers that remain there from World War II, when they were built to hold artillery guns and protect the East Coast.

With more than 2,400 feet of ocean beach, visitors can access Shadmoor State Park by two stairways or lookout over the bluffs. On the hiking trails, you'll also see black cherry trees and clusters of the federally endangered sand plain gerardia plant. The elevated platforms are great for birdwatching; there is a fresh water lake; and salt water fishing is allowed. Dogs are allowed, as long as they are on a leash no more than 6 feet long.

Camp Hero State Park
Montauk Point State Parkway, Montauk, NY 11954
A former military base, Camp Hero is located along the beachfront and is a prime location for fishing, but the majorityMore of it is actually woods surrounding a historic military installation. The east entrance is located just before the Montauk Point Lighthouse off of Montauk Point State Parkway. Aside from breathtaking ocean views and bluffs with a sharp drop-off, there is a trail system for horseback riding, hiking or bicycling. Fishermen with permits can surf cast at the park 24 hours a day. Dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are on a leash no more than six feet long.