Here are the best places to pitch a tent and rough it in the wild.
SEARS BELLOWS COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays, 631-852-8290, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks Season April-Veterans Day. Campsites 70 tent and trailer sites. Features 964 acres, rowboats, showers, bridle path, hiking.
BLYDENBURGH COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, 631-854-3712, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks Season April 1-Veterans Day. Campsites 50 tent and trailer sites. Features 588 acres, restrooms, rowboat rentals, freshwater fishing, dog run, hiking.
HITHER HILLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-2554; reservations: newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com, 800-456-2267 Season April 12-Nov. 24. 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.
NICKERSON BEACH PARK CAMPGROUND
Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach, nassaucountyny.gov, 516-571-7700 Season April-Nov. Campsites 74 sites for RVs. Features 121-acre park, picnic area, beach, skate park, sewer and electric hookups.
CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Stephen Hands Path, East Hampton, 631-852-7620, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks Campsites 190 tent and trailer sites. Season April-Veterans Day. Features 608 acres; nature trail, saltwater fishing with outer-beach vehicle permit, rowboat rentals, picnic area, biking.
EASTERN LONG ISLAND KAMPGROUND
690 Queen St., Greenport, 631-477-0022, easternlikampground.net Season May 3-Nov. 3. Campsites 130 tent and trailer sites (water, electric and sewer hookups). Features Store, laundry, playground, pool, kid's activities, fire truck rides, tractor train rides; DJ on Sat. nights. Fee Daily: $50 a night no hookups; $60 a night water and electric; $70 a night water, electric and sewer hookups. Weekly: daily rate with 7th night free. Holiday rate: July Fourth (July 3-7) $240-$320. Memorial Day (May 24-27), Labor Day (Aug. 30-Sept. 2), and Columbus Day (Oct. 11-14) $180-$240. (2 adults, 4 children ages 17 and younger).
INDIAN ISLAND COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
off Cross-River Drive, Riverhead, 631-852-3232, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks Season Open year-round for self-contained campers. Campsites 137 tent and trailer sites. Features 275 acres, fishing, picnics, playground, restrooms and showers.
Moore's Lane, Greenport, villageofgreenport.org, 631-477-0043 or 631-477-2200 Season May-Oct. 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.
SMITH POINT COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
off William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, 631-852-1313, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks 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.
SOUTHAVEN COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-1414, 631-854-4949 Season April 1-Columbus 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.
WEST HILLS COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Sweet Hollow Road, Melville, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks, 631-854-4423. Season Year-round Campsites 12 areas for youth groups only (scouts). Features 854 acres, bridle paths, picnic area and dog park.
WILDWOOD STATE PARK CAMPGROUND
790 Hulse Landing Rd. off Sound Avenue, Wading River, 631-929-4314; reservations: 800-456-2267, parks.ny.gov newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com Season First Fri. in April-Columbus Day. Campsites 242 tent sites, 80 trailer sites, and 10 cottages. Cottage camping. Four one-bedroom and six two-bedroom cottages equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms, screened-in porch, picnic tables, electric heating, queen-size beds and outdoor fire pits. Three are ADA compliant. Pets are not allowed.
CATHEDRAL PINES COUNTY PARK CAMPGROUND
Yaphank-Middle Island Road, Middle Island, 631-852-5502, suffolkcountyny.gov/parks. 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.
BATTLE ROW CAMPGROUND
Claremont Road, Old Bethpage, 516-572-8690, nassaucountyny.gov 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.
Early reservations are recommended, especially at beaches. For state park reservations, newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com or 800-456-2267 (CAMP). For Watch Hill on the Fire Island National Seashore through mid-Oct.,visit lovefins.com.
Backcountry or wilderness camping within the 1,380-acre Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, accessible via Davis Park and points west until Sept., is available year-round, 631-687-4780. Reservations and permits are required; go online at recreation.gov. Reservations for Suffolk County campgrounds require a Green Key card; suffolkcountyny.gov/parks or 631-854-4949.
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. Call 631-854- 4949. 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 suffolkcountyny.gov/parks or 631-854-4949.