Hither Hills State Park Campground
164 Old Montauk Hwy. Montauk, NY 631-668-2554; Reserve: 800-456-2267
$31 weekday, $35 weekend; out-of-state resident: $62 weekday, $70 weekend and holidaysDescription:
The basics: 1,755 acres, rest rooms, showers, general store, playgrounds, dump station, films, swimming, horseshoes, crafts, sand castle contests (summer), fishing, hiking trails, Environmental Programs (summer).
The beach: Open oceanfront beach just over the dunes.
The campground: Hither Hills has 166 tent and trailer sites (no hookups). A general store offers staples and snacks - craft activities and outdoor movies are organized weekly. Kids bring bicycles and zip around the campground.
Perks: Because campers stay for a full week, families get to know one another, creating community.
Drawbacks: Reserving a summer spot in the peak season means planning nine months in advance and getting on the phone at 9 a.m. on the dot.Season:
April 14-Nov. 19Campsites:
166 tent and trailer (behind dunes); no hookups