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Camp Hero State Park

1898 Montauk Highway (Route 27) east to the end Montauk, NY 631-668-5000

Camp Hero State Park in Montauk. (Aug, 14,

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

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Type: State park, Historical landmarks Price: $8 a car weekends May 2-17, daily May 23-Oct. 12; weekends and holidays Oct. 13-Nov. 9 Special features: Fishing, Hiking Description:

If you have ever traveled through Montauk and noticed a tremendous structure looking like a radar dish on the horizon, the fact is that once - during World War II - the government placed a military installation along the coast to bolster national defense. The base has since been decommissioned (with much of the former military structures still restricted, off-limits and guarded), but the park built around it includes woodlands, beaches, freshwater wetlands, trails, wildlife, views and round-the-clock surf fishing (to fishermen with permits). In addition, it is also considered the site of the "Montauk Project," a program posited by conspiracy theorists that this location was used by the government for secret projects involving psychic experimentation, time travel and other unusual pursuits.

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