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Wildwood State Park Campground

790 Hulse Landing Rd. off Sound Avenue Wading River, NY 631-929-4314; Reserve: 800-456-2267

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Type: Campgrounds Price:

$18-$26 for tent sites, $30-$34 for trailers ($9 non-refundable reservation fee)

Description:

The basics: 760 acres, rest rooms, dump station, showers, grills, store (summer), protected beach June 27-Labor day, fishing and hiking trails

The beach: The backdrop of this North Shore beach includes bluffs with green vegetation. A deck area has picnic tables; a concession rents umbrellas.

The campground: The nearby campground is lush with grass and shady trees. Paved paths connect the 242 tent sites and 80 trailer sites with full electric, water and sewer hookups. Recreation includes a sand volleyball court, basketball hoops and ballfield.

Perks: On summer Fridays from mid-July to mid-August, the park runs square dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Farm stands are close by.

Drawbacks: The beach is a 10-minute walk from the campground. The skinny, meandering strip of sand is full of white rocks.

Season:

First Fri. in April-Columbus Day

Campsites:

322 sites includes 242 tent sites, and 80 trailer sites.

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