Here are some campsites to visit on Long Island this...

Here are some campsites to visit on Long Island this spring and summer.  Credit: Morgan Campbell

Here are the best places to rough it in the wild on a fun-filled camping adventure.

NASSAU

Karen and Gary Higgins of Greenlawn settle in with their...

Karen and Gary Higgins of Greenlawn settle in with their camper for what they describe as "three day's of peace and quiet" at the Battle Row Campground in Bethpage. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

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.

SUFFOLK

Hikers led by Quyen Pham, left, hike through Blydenburgh Park...

Hikers led by Quyen Pham, left, hike through Blydenburgh Park in Smithtown. Credit: David L. Pokress/David L. Pokress

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.

A pair of female riders of the group Live Love...

A pair of female riders of the group Live Love Velo ride on the beginning of the mountain bike trail at Cathedral Pines Park. Credit: Daniel Brennan

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

Members of Zoeller family, of North Babylon, set up their...

Members of Zoeller family, of North Babylon, set up their campsite at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton.  Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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

A view of the Great South Bay at Heckscher State...

A view of the Great South Bay at Heckscher State Park. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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. 

The Knox family at Hither Hills State Park campground in...

The Knox family at Hither Hills State Park campground in Montauk. Credit: Linda Rosier

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 programsFee $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.

MCCANN CAMPGROUND

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.

Bob and Peggiann Sneddon from Manhasset view wildlife on the...

Bob and Peggiann Sneddon from Manhasset view wildlife on the beach to breach hike run by National Parks Service where visitors hike from the Center to the beach breach created by superstorm Sandy, Smith Point Park. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

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.

INFO Fire Island, (accessible by passenger ferry from Patchogue or by private boat), 631-687-4780, bit.ly/3JCNBwp, lovefins.com.

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.

Suzanne Jolliver and her family love to go camping, especially...

Suzanne Jolliver and her family love to go camping, especially in Wildwood State Park in Wading River.  Credit: Newsday Staff Photographer/David L. Pokress

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.

INFO 790 Hulse Landing Rd. off Sound Avenue, Wading River, 631-929-4314; reservations: 800-456-2267, parks.ny.govnewyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

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).

Check Suffolk County camping fees bit.ly/3tChgAs. Check suffolkcountyny.gov/parks or call 631-854-4949.