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Holbrook is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York state, located on Long Island. Its name is thought by some to have been derived from the phrase “hollow brook”. It was first reached by the Long Island Rail Road or LIRR in 1844, up to which time it had been rural and undeveloped; the community was first conceived in 1848 and in 1863 added St. Johns Lutheran Church to its infrastructure. St. Johns is today the oldest structure still in existence in Holbrook.
Most of Holbrook is located inside the boundaries of the Town of Islip, while a smaller section is located within the Town of Brookhaven. Book an RV in Holbrook and you’ll have a base from which you can explore and enjoy both Long Island and the Big Apple.
Just a few miles to the northeast, Rocky Point State Pine Barrens Preserve is a unique ecosystem commonly referred to (by locals) as the Pine Barrens. It is a haven for many plant and animal species, some of which are on the endangered species list, resulting in a grass roots movement to protect and preserve the area. It takes its name from the the pitch pines that dominate the dry upland areas, even though black, scarlet and white oak are in abundance in many areas. It also contains wetland areas, such as marshes, heath bogs, and red maple and Atlantic white cedar swamps, making it a fascinating place to go for a hike. Better yet, park your motorhome rental in Holbrook in the pines and enjoy lunch while taking in the splendid views.
Robert Cushman Murphy County Park is another good area for hiking and bird watching; your Holbrook camper rental is the perfect bird blind to observe them from. Visitors can also rent row boats to get a better view from the water. The park is commonly used by scientists for biological experiments and inventories, and for environmental studies. Portions of the park are available for hunting at certain times of the year; hunters should contact the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for more information about hunting.
If you’re willing to go a little further afield, an hour and a half of driving your Holbrook RV rental will bring you to Bear Mountain State Park. The mountains, lakes and forests here will make your heart soar, and you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re so close to New York City. Hike the trails, canoe the waterways and soak in the tranquility of this protected area.
There aren't any RV parks or resorts directly in Holbrook, but there are a few worth mentioning not too far away.
Smith Point Campground near Mastic Beach, a little more than 10 miles east, has 200 sites with sewer and 30/50 amp electricity, but no water during the winter. The sites also have concrete slabs, fire rings, picnic tables, and water on two sides of the park (the Atlantic on one side and Long Island Sound on the other).
Indian Island County Campground is almost 25 miles northeast and has 150 sites with water and 30 amp electricity, but no 50 amp or sewer. Some sites are pull through and big rig friendly. The campground has restrooms and showers, and guests can go swimming, suntanning and fishing on the nearby beach.
Battle Row Campground is slightly less than 20 miles southwest and has 52 sites. Each site has water and 30/50 amp electricity, but no sewer or wifi. It is big rig friendly but doesn't have any pull through sites. The campground has restrooms and showers, and a playground for the kids. There is a train nearby that can take you to Penn Station in Manhattan, making New York easily accessible should you want to go.
There is a local brewing company that offers craft beers in small sampler style glasses; you can order a selection of four or eight different beers (there is a total of eight different beers on tap), and try them all without having to order a full glass of each. It would probably be a good idea to leave your RV trailer rental in Holbrook at your RV campground and ride a taxi to the brewery and back.
Holbrook has a nice selection of restaurants, most of which are conveniently located along Patchogue-Holbrook Road, between Furrows Road and Union Avenue. This makes it easy to conduct a walking tour to see what is on hand before deciding, although the variety of cuisines available could make deciding a difficult process. Your option include Chinese, Tex Mex, Mediterranean, Greek, a pizzeria and more. If the options are too confusing, grab some groceries from a local supermarket and head back to your best RV rental in Holbrook to whip up a nice home cooked meal. Whatever your needs may be, it is all here.
In the shadow of New York, it can be hard for smaller destinations to shine. But it’s possible to enjoy the great outdoors and still enjoy all the city has to offer. Holbrook, NY makes for a great place to rent an RV and have the best of both worlds.