Here are the best places to rough it in the wild on a fun-filled camping adventure.
BATTLE ROW CAMPGROUND
Season Open all year. Campsites 52 sites equipped with water and electric hookups, 12 tent sites (no water or electricity). Features 44 acres, playground, showers, picnic areas, grills, dump station; must be 21 or older to reserve.
INFO 1 Claremont Rd., Old Bethpage, 516-572-8690, nassaucountyny.gov.
NICKERSON BEACH PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April-Nov. Campsites 74 sites for RVs. Features 121-acre park, picnic area, beach, skate park, sewer and electric hookups.
INFO Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, nassaucountyny.gov, 516-571-7700.
BLYDENBURGH COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April-Veterans Day. Campsites 50 tent and trailer sites. Features 588 acres, restrooms and showers, rowboat rentals, freshwater fishing, 2 dog parks, hiking, bridle paths and historic homes.
INFO Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, 631-854-3712, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
CATHEDRAL PINES COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season Year-round for self-contained campers. Campsites 100 sites, 10 with water and electric hookups, group and limited individual camping. Features 322 acres, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking.
INFO Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island, 631-852-5502, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April-Veterans Day. Campsites 222 tent and trailer sites. Features 608 acres; nature trail, saltwater fishing with outer-beach vehicle permit, rowboat rentals, picnic area, biking.
INFO Stephen Hands Path, East Hampton, 631-852-7620, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
EASTERN LONG ISLAND KAMPGROUND
Season April 30-Nov. 7. Campsites Deluxe safari tents, yurts, cabin suites, 130 tent and trailer sites (water, electric and sewer hookups). Features Store, laundry, playground, pool, kid’s activities, fire truck rides, music, dog walk area, and shuttle bus. Fees $65 a night water and electric; $75 a night with 30 amp or $85 a night with 50 amp includes water, electric and sewer hookups. $350 a night safari tents, $450 a night yurts, $450 a night cabin suites. Weekly trailer/tent sites: daily rate with 7th night free. Holiday rate: $10 a night extra, Fri. and Sat. nights must be combined.
INFO 690 Queen St., Greenport, 631-477-0022, elikampground.com.
HECKSCHER STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
Season May 28-Sept. 4. Campsites 69 tent/RV sites with platform. Features 1,657-acre park, barbecue grill, picnic table, restroom, showers, dump station, playground, ballfield and access to bicycle path and nature trail. Each rented site must have an adult 21 and over registered; no pets. Fee Tents/RV $18 a night (tents) Sun.-Thur., $22 a night Fri.-Sat.; $126-$154 a week.
INFO Heckscher Parkway, Field 1, East Islip, 631-581-2100; newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com, 800-456-2267.
HITHER HILLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April 15-Nov. 19. Campsites 189 tent and trailer (behind dunes); no hookups. Features 1,755 acres, restrooms, showers, general store, playgrounds, dump station, swimming, sand-castle contests, fishing, hiking trails, environmental programs. Fee $31 weekdays, $35 weekends; out-of-state resident: $62 weekdays, $70 weekends and holidays.
INFO 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-2554; reservations: newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com, 800-456-2267.
INDIAN ISLAND COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season Open year-round for self-contained campers. Campsites 137 tent and trailer sites. Features 275 acres, fishing, picnics, playground, restrooms and showers.
INFO Off Cross-River Drive, Riverhead, 631-852-3232, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
Season May-Nov. 1. Campsites 45, water, electric and sewer hookups available. Features More than 6 acres, restrooms, showers, dump station, Wi-Fi. Fee Trailers $50 a day, $300 a week; tents $35 a day, $210 a week.
INFO Moore’s Lane, Greenport, villageofgreenport.org, 631-477-0043 or 631-477-2200.
SEARS BELLOWS COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April-Nov. 11. Campsites 70 tent and trailer sites. Features 964 acres, rowboats, showers, bridle path, hiking, dump station.
INFO Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays, 631-852-8290, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
SMITH POINT COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season March 1-Oct. 31. Campsites 79 full hookups, 39 tent and 102 electric trailer sites. Features Bathrooms, showers, dump station, playground, grills, protected beach area.
INFO Off William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, 631-852-1313, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks.
SOUTHAVEN COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April 1-Veterans Day. Campsites 104 tent and trailer sites, 25 group sites, some with electricity. Features 1,355 acres, picnic area, dump station, restrooms, showers, bridle paths, fishing, trails, rowboat rentals.
INFO Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-1414, 631-854-4949.
WATCH HILL CAMPGROUND AND BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING AT FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE
Season Mid-May-mid-Oct. Campsites 26 family tent sites and one group site; backcountry camping permits available at recreation.gov. Features Watch Hill marina, grills, restrooms, lifeguarded ocean beaches, park ranger programs, nature trail, snack bar, marina store, and restaurant. Fee Tent: $25 a night and $100 weekly May 20-June 23 and Sept. 6-Oct. 10; $35 a night and $175 weekly June 24-Sept. 5. Group camping: $75 a night, $300 weekly May 20-June 23 and Sept. 6-Oct. 10; $75 a night and $375 weekly June 24-Sept. 5. Two-night minimum Fri.-Sat., Four-day minimum Fri.-Mon. on holidays and limited to 14 consecutive days.
WEST HILLS COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Season Year-round. Campsites 12 areas for youth groups only (scouts). Features 854 acres, bridle paths, picnic area and dog park.
INFO Sweet Hollow Road, Melville, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-4423.
WILDWOOD STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
Season April 22-Oct. 8. Campsites 242 tent sites, 80 trailer sites, and 10 cottages. Pets not allowed. Four one-bedroom (4-person capacity) and size two-bedroom (6-person capacity) cottages have cedar shingles, mahogany trim, and metal roofs while the rustic-style interior is composed of unfinished natural wood. Each is equipped with a full kitchen and bathroom, screen-in porch, picnic table, electric heating/AC, queen-sized beds, and outdoor fire pits with attached grills. Fee Glamping starts from $175 a night, deposit required. Tents/RV $18 a night (tents) Sun.-Thur., $22 a night Fri.-Sat.; $126-$154 a week.
HOW TO GET RESERVATIONS
Early reservations are recommended, especially at beaches. For state park reservations, visit newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com or call 800-456-2267. For Watch Hill on the Fire Island National Seashore through mid-Oct., visit nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm.
Backcountry or wilderness camping within the 1,380-acre Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is accessible via Davis Park and points west until Sept. and available year-round, 631-687-4780. For reservations and permits, go to recreation.gov.
Reservations for Suffolk County campgrounds require a Green Key card and open April 1. Several Suffolk County parks offer outer beach access to off-road vehicles. A Recreational Vehicle Use permit is required. Outer beach camping is permitted with a self-contained camper only. Reservations may be booked for Cupsogue Beach (Westhampton), Montauk, and Shinnecock East (Southampton). Outer Beach camping is available at Smith Point (Shirley and Fire Island).