Hither Hills State Park is a scenic campground just steps away from a sandy beachfront and surrounded by nature trails. The 1,755-acre state park is located on the eastern end of the south fork of Long Island near Montauk, New York. At this oceanfront RV campground you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the waves, witness some fantastic star gazing and have an opportunity to explore diverse woodlands filled with Russian olive, shad, oak and pine trees. With two miles of sandy beach and a 40-acre freshwater lake perfect for sport fishing, this campsite is a no-brainer for your next family RV holiday.
Once planned for a private development of hotels, casinos and sporting grounds, the state park was formed after it failed to get planning permission from the Long Island State Park Commission. It was then sold to New York State who opened Hither Hills State Park in August 1924. Today this coastal nature reserve abounds in opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking, hunting and cross-country skiing.
Set up your RV camp close to the crashing waves and let the kids loose on the beach or at the playground. Challenge your kids to a game of basketball or volleyball, get involved in recreational programs and explore the network of bridle paths, hiking, biking and cross country ski trails. The unique walking dunes of Napeague Harbor in the eastern edge of the park offer some unique sights. With so much to do in such a charming setting, the campground is popular so you’ll have to book early to grab a spot.
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Transportation in Hither Hills State Park
Hither Hill State Park is located 122 miles from Manhattan, via Sunrise Highway (Route 27). The park is well-signposted and easy to find. Within the park, the roads are paved with no driving restrictions so you’ll have no problems navigating to your campsite. A large parking area is available at the entrance for day visitors. Once you’ve set up camp, hiking and biking trails are convenient ways of getting around.
Campgrounds and parking in Hither Hills State Park
Campsites in Hither Hills State Park
The campground at Hither Hills State Park has a total of 190 basic grass campsites for tents and RVs. Each campsite has a concrete patio area but you will have to bring your own fire pit. As there are no electricity hookups, you are welcome to use a generator between 09h00 – 11h00 and 17h00 – 21h00. Campers have access to modern restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets as well as an RV dump station. Picnic tables and fire pits are available at the day use area.
The campsites are set on a two mile sandy beach with access to a 40-acre freshwater lake. Other facilities include a kids’ playground, playing fields, horseshoe pits, and basketball and volleyball courts. There is a park office, camp store with necessities and centrally located phones available.
Hither Hills State Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. During peak season (June to September), a minimum stay of seven days is required. Reservations can be made up to nine months in advance. The park is pet friendly - dogs are allowed in certain areas of the park provided they are kept on a leash.
Seasonal activities in Hither Hills State Park
Hither Hills State Park has an impressive network of hiking and biking trails that wind their way throughout the park and along the shoreline. Take a stroll along the scenic bridle paths and admire the panoramic coastal views of the North Atlantic. The unique walking dunes of Napeague Harbor on the western side of the park offer some wonderful views, or simply take a stroll through the woodlands dotted with oak, shad, pine and Russian olive trees.
Set right on a two mile oceanfront beach and a 40-acre freshwater lake, there are plenty of opportunities for exciting water sporting recreation at Hither Hills State Park. Go surfing or wind surfing on the ocean waves of the North Atlantic or swim and stand up paddle board on the glassy waters of the lake. You can also bring your own kayak or canoe to use on the lake or in the ocean.
During the summer months, an exciting recreation program keeps the whole family entertained. Enjoy a jam-packed schedule of fun organized activities hosted by the park such as family movie nights, folk and line dancing events, kids’ summer theater or magic shows, and a variety of environmental interpretation programs. You won’t be bored! The entertainment program is subject to change so be sure to ask the park for an up-to-date schedule upon booking.
The 40-acre freshwater lake at Hither Hills State Park is a favorite amongst anglers who can enjoy sport fishing here all year round. The fish you’ll typically find in the area include largemouth and smallmouth bass and trout. Alternatively, you can enjoy fishing on the beach. For something completely different, you can even obtain a special permit that allows you to fish at night.
During the winter months, the mountain bike trails that surround this coastal nature reserve are groomed and turned into exceptional ski trails. Lined with trees and coastal views, the scenery is one of the best in the area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with trails that are accessible for skiiers of all levels and ages. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The two mile stretch of sandy beachfront is perfect for a crisp winter stroll when the scenery is at its most dramatic. Don your best winter gear – it gets windy! - and comb the beachfront for unusual shells and marine life such as Horseshoe crabs. Pack a picnic with a flask of steaming hot tea or coffee to enjoy along the way or up at the day use area when you’re done.