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Hither Hills State Park Campground

164 Old Montauk Hwy. Montauk , NY 631-668-2554; Reserve: 800-456-2267

Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries at the Hither Hills Campground in Hither Hills State Park, Montauk, June 18, 2010. Photo Credit: Photo by Emily Anne Epstein

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Type:

Campgrounds

Price:

$31 weekday, $35 weekend; out-of-state resident: $62 weekday, $70 weekend and holidays

Description:

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. 19

Campsites:

166 tent and trailer (behind dunes); no hookups

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